Population in Wales is concentrated in the South Wales Valleys and the northeast; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated
Population in Wales is concentrated in the South Wales Valleys and the northeast; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated

This is a list of the 22 principal areas of Wales[1][2] giving their most recent date of creation and the style by which they are known.

The population, density and areas are estimates for 2019 from the Office for National Statistics.[3]

District Created Population Population

density/km2

Area km2 Type
Cardiff 1996 a 369,202 2,585 140 County (also a city)
Swansea 1996 a 246,563 649 378 County (also a city)
Rhondda Cynon Taf 1996 241,873 566 424 County borough
Carmarthenshire 1996 a 190,073 79 2,370[4] County
Caerphilly 1996 181,731 653 278 County borough
Flintshire 1996 ab 156,847 356 438 County
Newport 1996 a 156,447 805 190 County borough (also a city)
Bridgend 1996 147,539 578 246 County borough
Neath Port Talbot 1996 144,386 324 442 County borough
Wrexham 1996 136,055 270 498 County borough
Vale of Glamorgan 1996 135,295 399 335 County borough
Powys 1974 133,030 26 5,180[5] County
Pembrokeshire 1996 a 126,751 77 1,590 County
Gwynedd * 1974 b 125,171 49 2,535[6] County
Conwy 1996 118,184 104 1,130 County borough
Denbighshire 1996 ab 96,664 114 844 County
Monmouthshire 1996 ab 95,164 111 850 County
Torfaen 1996 94,832 740 126 County borough
Ceredigion § 1996 72,895 41 1,795 County
Isle of Anglesey 1996 a 70,440 98 714 County
Blaenau Gwent 1996 70,020 641 109 County borough
Merthyr Tydfil 1996 a 60,424 540 111 County borough

* = Named as 'Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire' in legislation. Named changed by the council.

= Named as 'Neath and Port Talbot' in legislation. Named changed by the council.

= Named as 'Aberconwy and Colwyn' in legislation. Named changed by the council.

§ = Named as 'Cardiganshire' in legislation. Named changed by the council.

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

b = boundaries significantly altered in 1996 from its previous incarnation

See also

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.
  3. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2019". Office for National Statistics. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Carmarthenshire - Population Density (QS102EW)". UKCensusdata.com. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  5. ^ "Powys - Population Density (QS102EW)". UKCensusdata.com. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ "Gwynedd - Population Density (QS102EW)". UKCensusdata.com. Retrieved 2018-06-18.