The town has a population of just over 5000 people. Unusually for a small town in South Africa, Kenton is predominantly English-speaking, except for the suburb of Ekuphumleni, which has a population of around 3600 people and is exclusively Xhosa-speaking, the town is predominantly English-speaking. The village of Boesmansriviermond on the opposite banks of the Bushman's River is predominantly Afrikaans-speaking.
Kenton is a popular holiday destination, and the population triples over the period of the December summer holidays. The area has many pristine beaches and green rolling hills, and a nature reserve along the shore ensures that very few housing developments can spoil the coast.