List of Welsh principal areas by percentage Welsh language

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This is a list of Welsh principal areas by the percentage of those professing some skills in the Welsh language in Wales in the 2011 UK census. The census did not record Welsh speakers living outside Wales.

Census breakdown[edit]

The Census produced a detailed breakdown of skills as:[1]

  • Understands spoken Welsh (no other skills)
  • Speaks but does not read or write Welsh
  • Speaks and reads but does not write Welsh
  • Speaks, reads and writes Welsh
  • Other combination of skills; e.g. Can read but not speak.
  • No knowledge of Welsh

Those with knowledge of the Welsh language 2011[edit]

For the purpose of the first table, all combinations other than "no knowledge of Welsh" have been combined, giving a percentage of people that state they have some communication skills in the Welsh language rather than an ability to speak Welsh. The totals include children whose parents have filled in the Census details on their behalf.

Area Can communicate
in Welsh
No knowledge
of Welsh
Population total % of those who
have some knowledge
of Welsh
Blaenau Gwent 7808 62006 69814 11.18%
Bridgend 23532 115646 139178 16.91%
Caerphilly 28059 150747 178806 15.69%
Cardiff 54504 291586 346090 15.74%
Carmarthenshire 105032 78745 183777 57.15%
Ceredigion 43366 32556 75922 57.12%
Conwy 44614 70614 115228 38.72%
Denbighshire 32528 61206 93734 34.70%
Flintshire 30455 122051 152506 19.97%
Gwynedd 88853 33021 121874 72.91%
Isle of Anglesey 47821 21930 69751 68.56%
Merthyr Tydfil 8640 50162 58802 14.69%
Monmouthshire 12,500 78823 91323 13.69%
Neath Port Talbot 33896 105916 139812 24.24%
Newport 18490 127246 145736 12.69%
Pembrokeshire 32930 89509 122439 26.90%
Powys 36602 96374 132976 27.53%
Rhondda Cynon Taf 44911 189499 234410 19.16%
Swansea 45085 193938 239023 18.86%
The Vale of Glamorgan 20093 106243 126336 15.90%
Torfaen 11950 79125 91075 13.12%
Wrexham 27812 107032 134844 20.63%
Totals 799,481 2,263,975 3,063,456 19.01%

Those with the ability to speak Welsh[edit]

The second table includes only those people who stated in the 2011 Census that they are able to speak the Welsh language. It was these statistics that were reported by the press when the first data samples were released in 2012.[2]

Area Able to speak Welsh Unable to
speak Welsh
Population total % of those
who can
speak Welsh
Blaenau Gwent 5316 64498 69814 7.61%
Bridgend 13,223 125955 139178 9.50%
Caerphilly 19448 159358 178806 10.88%
Cardiff 37194 308896 346090 10.75%
Carmarthenshire 78914 104863 183777 42.94%
Ceredigion 43366 32556 75922 57.12%
Conwy 30933 84295 115228 26.85%
Denbighshire 22491 71243 93734 23.99%
Flintshire 19463 133043 152506 12.76%
Gwynedd 78412 43462 121874 64.34%
Isle of Anglesey 39129 30622 69751 56.10%
Merthyr Tydfil 5083 53719 58802 8.64%
Monmouthshire 8831 82492 91323 9.67%
Neath Port Talbot 20843 118969 139812 14.91%
Newport 13124 132612 145736 9.01%
Pembrokeshire 23016 99423 122439 18.80%
Powys 24187 108789 132976 18.19%
Rhondda Cynon Taf 28123 206287 234410 12.00%
Swansea 26532 212491 239023 11.10%
The Vale of Glamorgan 13325 113011 126336 10.55%
Torfaen 8704 82371 91075 9.56%
Wrexham 16805 118039 134844 12.46%
Totals 568,500 2,494,956 3,063,456 18.56%
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