September 01, 2020 3 min read

Population of Wales

  • Population: 3.1 million people. 4.8% of the UK population.
  • The usually resident population of Wales was 3.1 million in 2011, a five per cent increase since 2001. Nearly one in five (18 per cent, 563,000) of residents were aged 65 or over.

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Population of Wales by County 

Rank District Population Population Style
1 Cardiff 364,248 2,585 City and county
2 Swansea 246,466 649 City and county
3 Rhondda Cynon Taf 240,131 566 County borough
4 Carmarthenshire 187,568 79 County
5 Caerphilly 181,019 653 County borough
6 Flintshire 155,593 356 County
7 Newport 153,302 805 City
8 Bridgend 144,876 578 County borough
9 Neath Port Talbot 142,906 324 County borough
10 Wrexham 136,126 270 County borough
11 Powys 132,447 26 County
12 Vale of Glamorgan 132,165 399 County borough
13 Pembrokeshire 125,055 77 County
14 Gwynedd 124,178 49 County
15 Conwy 117,181 104 County borough
16 Denbighshire 95,330 114 County
17 Monmouthshire 94,142 111 County
18 Torfaen 93,049 740 County borough
19 Ceredigion 72,992 41 County
20 Isle of Anglesey 69,961 98 County
21 Blaenau Gwent 69,713 641 County borough
22 Merthyr Tydfil 60,183 540 County borough
Population of Wales 3,138,631
  • As was the case in 2001, in 2011 Wales had a higher percentage of residents with a long term health problem or disability, just under a quarter (23 per cent, 696,000), higher than any England region.

  • Fifty eight per cent (1.8 million) of residents of Wales stated Christian as their religion in 2011, a 14 percentage point drop since 2001, a larger decrease than any of the England regions. Almost one third (32 per cent, 983,000) of the population in Wales stated they had no religion in 2011, more than any of the England regions.

  • Nearly two thirds (66 per cent, 2.0 million) of the residents of Wales expressed their national identity as Welsh in 2011. Of these 218,000 also reported that they considered themselves to be British.

  • The usually resident population of Wales was 96 per cent (2.9 million) White in 2011, a higher percentage than any of the England regions.

  • Five per cent (168,000) of people in Wales were born outside the UK in 2011, an increase of two percentage points on 2001 (three per cent, 92,000).

  • Thirty per cent (169,000) of usual residents of Wales aged three and over who could speak Welsh (562,000) in 2011 were aged between three and 15 years old. The group of people aged three and over who could speak, read and write Welsh decreased one percentage point from 16 per cent (458,000) in 2001 to 15 per cent (431,000) in 2011.

  • Location: Wales is on the island of Great Britain, to the west of England.
  • Size: Wales is roughly 20,800 square km in area
  • Cities: There are six cities in Wales
    • Cardiff (Caerdyd), 363,000
    • Swansea (Abertawe), 245,000
    • Newport (Casnewydd), 151,500
    • Bangor, 18,000
    • St. Aspah (Llanelwy), 3,500
    • St David's (Ty Ddewi), 1,840
  • St. David's is the smallest city in the UK

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