Welsh principal areas

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Since 1 April 1996, Wales has been divided for local administration purposes into 22 single-tier principal areas (prif ardaloedd) governed by popularly elected councils. They are – largely for historical reasons – variously entitled "county", "county borough", or "city and county", but all have precisely the same status. It should be noted that in this context the term "county" does not necessarily refer to a geographical area identical to that covered by a historic county of the same or similar name; also, that the present "county boroughs" are unrelated to any local authorities of the same or similar name that existed before 1974.

For the purposes of roads administration, each of these areas is the highway authority charged with managing, maintaining, and improving all public roads within its boundaries except for trunk roads, which are the responsibility of the Welsh Government.

List of principal areas

Name Description Administrative HQ
Blaenau Gwent county borough Ebbw Vale
Bridgend county borough Bridgend
Caerphilly county borough Hengoed
Cardiff city and county Cardiff
Carmarthenshire county Carmarthen
Ceredigion county Aberaeron
Conwy county borough Conwy
Denbighshire county Ruthin
Flintshire county Mold
Gwynedd county Caernarfon
Isle of Anglesey county Llangefni
Merthyr Tydfil county borough Merthyr Tydfil
Monmouthshire county Usk
Neath Port Talbot county borough Port Talbot
Newport city and county Newport
Pembrokeshire county Haverfordwest
Powys county Llandrindod Wells
Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough Clydach Vale
Swansea city and county Swansea
Torfaen county borough Pontypool
Vale of Glamorgan county borough Barry
Wrexham county borough Wrexham