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Worthing remains part of the two-tier structure of local government, with some services being provided by West Sussex County Council.The town currently returns nine councillors to the county council from nine single member electoral divisions.With an estimated population of 104,600) the borough is the second largest component of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, which makes it part of the 15th most populous urban area in the United Kingdom.Since 2010 northern parts of the borough, including the Worthing Downland Estate, have formed part of the South Downs National Park.The town was home to several literary figures in the 20th century, including Nobel prize-winner Harold Pinter.

The town expanded and elegant developments such as Park Crescent and Liverpool Terrace were begun.Worthing means "(place of) Worth/Worō's people", from the Old English personal name Worth/Worō (the name means "valiant one, one who is noble"), and -ingas "people of" (reduced to -ing in the modern name).For many centuries Worthing was a small mackerel fishing hamlet until in the late 18th century it developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort and attracted the well-known and wealthy of the day.There is also an important Bronze Age hill fort on the western fringes of the modern borough at Highdown Hill.During the Iron Age, one of Britain's largest hill forts was built at Cissbury Ring.

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Worthing became the world's 229th Transition Town in October 2009.