This is a list of the 22 principal areas of Wales.[1][2] A separate article shows basic population and area figures, while another article provides the proportion of Welsh speakers in each area.

Area Style Created
Blaenau Gwent County borough 1996
Bridgend County borough 1996
Caerphilly County borough 1996
Cardiff City and county 1996 a
Carmarthenshire County 1996 a
Ceredigion County 1996
Conwy County borough 1996
Denbighshire County 1996 ab
Flintshire County 1996 ab
Gwynedd * County 1974 b
Isle of Anglesey County 1996 a
Merthyr Tydfil County borough 1996
Monmouthshire County 1996 a
Neath Port Talbot County borough 1996
Newport County borough/City c 1996 a
Pembrokeshire County 1996 a
Powys County 1974
Rhondda Cynon Taf County borough 1996
Swansea City and county 1996 a
Torfaen County borough 1996
Vale of Glamorgan County borough 1996
Wrexham County borough 1996

* = very briefly known as Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire in April 1996

a = re-instated aa a principal administrative authority after a gap

b = boundaries significantly altered in 1996 from its previous incarnation

c = granted city status in 2002

References

  1. ^ "Welsh Local Authority Links - WLGA". www.wlga.wales. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  2. ^ "Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 - Schedule 1: The New Principal Areas". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. 5 July 1994. Retrieved 2020-11-26.