Swansea urban area

Coordinates: 51°38′06″N 3°51′04″W / 51.635°N 3.851°W / 51.635; -3.851
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51°38′06″N 3°51′04″W / 51.635°N 3.851°W / 51.635; -3.851 The Swansea Urban Area or Swansea Built-up Area is an area of land in south Wales, defined by the Office for National Statistics for population monitoring purposes. It is an urban conurbation and is not coterminous with the City and County of Swansea. It consists of the urban area centred on Swansea city centre; the Swansea Valley including Clydach, Ystradgynlais and Pontardawe; and includes Neath and Port Talbot which are outside the county boundaries, but excludes the urban area of Gorseinon within the county boundaries.

The total population of the area in 2011 was 300,352 [1] making it the 3rd largest in Wales, the 24th largest conurbation in England and Wales and the 27th largest in the United Kingdom. This was an increase of 11% from the 2001 figure of 270,506.[2] Most of the increase was due to Ystradgynlais, Gowerton, Upper Killay and Glais becoming part of the urban area.

Map of the Swansea Urban Area with Subdivisions


The ONS provides sub-division statistics for the Swansea Urban Area[3]

Rank Urban sub-area name Population (2001 census) Population (2011 census)
1 Swansea[4] 169,880 179,485
2 Neath[5] 45,898 50,658
3 Port Talbot[6] 35,633 37,276
4 Pontardawe/Clydach[7] 19,095 12,333
5 Ystradgynlais 10,248
6 Gowerton 8,183
7 Upper Killay 1,331
8 Glais 838


  • Gowerton was included under the Swansea subdivision for the 2001 census.
  • Ystradgynlais was not part of the Swansea urban area until the 2011 census

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  1. ^ "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). www.statistics.gov.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Map of Swansea Urban Area". ONS. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  4. ^ "Map of Swansea Urban Area: Swansea subdivision". ONS. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  5. ^ "Map of Swansea Urban Area: Neath subdivision". ONS. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  6. ^ "Map of Swansea Urban Area: Port Talbot subdivision". ONS. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  7. ^ "Map of Swansea Urban Area: Pontardawe/Clydach subdivision". ONS. Retrieved 2008-07-22.

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