Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

Understanding Welsh Places

On the Understanding Welsh Places website you will find

useful data and geographical information about your town or local area to help you identify opportunities for your community. You don’t need to be an expert to use this website. The graphics, maps and guidance will help you to explore the data you need to make a difference in the place where you live or work.

The website highlights the places in Wales that are most like your village, town or community. Exploring the similarities and contrasts might give you ideas for your place, or you can share examples of your best practice with others.

Understanding Welsh Places will also help you to understand the relationships between your place and other nearby places. For example, how many people commute in and out of your place each day? Where do they come from or go to? And how much does your place rely on other places for jobs and services, or how much do they depend on your place?

Your community can also add information to Understanding Welsh Places to help build up a picture of your place. The website includes links to a choice of toolkits for creating a community plan or place audit. Just go to the Your Plans and Research pages to find out more.

This website includes information about every place in Wales with 1,000 or more residents; that’s more than 300 places in total. You will also find statistics for smaller geographic divisions within towns, villages and rural areas on the Neighbourhood Map page. We have decided what information to include and what to leave out based on the availability of quality, reliable data and on conversations with potential users.

If you live in a town or community with fewer than 2,000 people, you will find that there is less data available than for larger places. Read more about data and our definition of place here .

Why are we interested in Welsh towns and communities?

A significant proportion of people in Wales live in towns and small communities. Too often, however, such places are overlooked by public policy. While targeted funding exists for city regions and rural development, there is nothing specific to towns. There is also a lack of data about towns available in one easy to use place that can be used to inform policy development and to evidence existing good practice.

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