List of Welsh principal areas by population

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Population in Wales is concentrated in the north-east and the valleys of the south; the rural mid and west areas of Wales are sparsely populated

This is a list of principal areas of Wales ordered by population. The figures are mid-year estimates for 2011 from the Office for National Statistics.

Rank District Population Population density Style
1 Cardiff 345,400 2467 City and county
2 Swansea 239,000 632 City and county
3 Rhondda Cynon Taf 234,400 553 County borough
4 Carmarthenshire 184,000 76.7 County
5 Caerphilly 178,800 643 County borough
6 Flintshire 152,700 348 County
7 Newport 145,800 767 City
8 Neath Port Talbot 139,900 316 County borough
9 Bridgend 139,400 566 County borough
10 Wrexham 135,100 270 County borough
11 Powys 133,100 26 County
12 Vale of Glamorgan 126,700 377 County borough
13 Pembrokeshire 122,600 77 County
14 Gwynedd 121,500 48 County
15 Conwy 115,300 102 County borough
16 Denbighshire 93,900 111 County
17 Monmouthshire 91,500 107 County
18 Torfaen 91,200 723 County borough
19 Ceredigion 75,300 43 County
20 Anglesey 69,900 98 County
21 Blaenau Gwent 69,800 640 County borough
22 Merthyr Tydfil 58,900 530 County borough

References

"Table 8a Mid-2011 Population Estimates: Selected age groups for local authorities in England and Wales; estimated resident population;". Population Estimates for England and Wales, Mid 2011 (Census Based). Office for National Statistics. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 

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