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You know you’re from Kent when you believe these 9 things are true

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Around 1.9 million people live in Kent and Medway across 3,500 square kilometres acres of land.

While the hustle and bustle of Canterbury may be worlds away from the serenity of St Margaret’s Bay in Dover, residents have much more in common than you’d give them credit for.

Whether you’ve grown up in Kent or have moved to the county in recent years, it’s likely that you’ll share some of the same thoughts.

And whether you’re a man of Kent or a Kentish Man, you probably have a very similar view of the world.

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We took to Facebook to ask KentLive readers to finish the sentence: ‘You know you’re from Kent when…’

And it seems from our love of Gypsy Tarts to our favourite phrases, it seems many of us are in agreement.

Below you can find a breakdown of some of the answers KentLive readers gave in response to our question.

Do you agree or would you want to add something to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

The north starts at the River Thames

The QEII Bridge which separates Kent from Essex and London

Many of us in Kent live on the coast which means it can take a good hour to leave the county.

If you’re heading north east, You’re likely to cross the Dartford Crossing on your journey.

For some, it can be an hour before they even reach the M25 so it’s no surprise that many in Kent consider the north to start at the Thames.

In reality, and in a geographical sense, the north probably begins halfway up the A1 and M1 but we won’t be told different.

You’re always stuck in traffic

Detling Hill and Blue Bell Hill are both notorious

Speaking of roads, Kent is home to four motorways – the M2, M20, M25 and M26. Anyone that has spent time travelling across the county will agree that driving around here can be a nightmare.

Even if you manage to beat the Dartford Crossing and the M2 you’ll still have to deal with the delights of Detling Hill and Blue Bell Hill.

Honestly, with the high speed rail network being impressively quick, you’re probably better off steering clear of the roads altogether.

You wear the title ‘Man of Kent’ or 'Kentish Man' proudly

The River Medway is the important factor here

If you’ve lived in Kent for any length of time you’ll be no stranger to a term or two being thrown at you.

You’re either a Man of Kent or a Kentish Man – and there are some big differences.

While a number of theories have been floated about over the years the general consensus now seems to have been agreed.

If you were born west of the River Medway you’re a Kentish Man and east of the river is a Man of Kent! Got it?

You know the true joy of a Gypsy Tart

Home made gypsy tart

Perhaps the most universally agreed item on our comments was the humble Gypsy Tart and just how amazing it is.

For those born in Kent, a Gypsy Tart would have been a staple part of childhood.

Outsiders to the county however wouldn’t have the foggiest clue what you’re talking about, which might surprise you.

While word is starting to spread the sweet dessert does still feel like our best kept secret.

You're always swerving potholes

A drivers nightmare!

Everywhere has potholes right? Well that’s probably true but there does seem to be an abundance in the county.

It’s a challenge for anyone to complete a journey without having to swerve out of the way of hazards on the road.

Is it the weather or is it the lack of work to restore them? It’s hard to know but it seems like just weeks after work is done on a road potholes appear again.

Make it make sense.

You complain about high house prices

It's easy to blame it on the DFL's

You complain about house prices at least once a day

You’re not from Kent if you don’t complain about how much the house prices have increased since you were a child.

Everyone knows someone whose grandparents bought their house for £3,000 and you’ve never quite recovered from hearing that.

But we like to ignore inflation and just blame it on the DFLs instead.

You know Kent is the Garden of England

There are several fantastic isolated spots in Kent

You like to remind people that Kent is known as the Garden of England for a reason

Talking of the Garden of England, you find yourself frequently reminding people that Kent is not in fact another concrete jungle but the closest thing Britain has to Eden.

That fertile soil that made us famous for our hops also got us the title of Garden of England, with some help from the rolling hills and country estates.

Have we mentioned Mick Jagger went to school here?

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was born in Dartford

Arguably Mick Jagger is the most famous person to come out of Kent.

Now whether you agree with that statement or not – you're likely to have mentioned it to someone that doesn't live in the area.

The Rolling Stones frontman went to school in Dartford and is one of our finest products.

We've all used Jagger as our claim to fame at one point – admit it!

You know where to get your weather updates

Hastingleigh looking picturesque in the snow as more is forecast to fall across the county tomorrow

A couple of the comments on Facebook couldn’t help but point out KentLive's regular weather updates – very harsh!

We’ll just skirt past the fact that the UK had the coldest winter in 10 years.

And we’ll also leave you with all the pictures of the snow which fell in February.

And if that still doesn't satisfy you, please be reminded that we don't make the forecasts, we simply report on what the forecasters are predicting.

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