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Information about Gwynedd

  • Gwynedd Council is responsible for providing a wide range of public services for 121,900 residents.
  • Since 2001 Gwynedd’s population has grown by 4.3% (5,057 more people).  This compares to a growth of 5.5% in Wales.
  • Gwynedd is a large rural area which covers 2,535 square kilometres.
  • In geographical terms, Gwynedd is the second largest council in Wales and covers 12% of the country’s total land area.
  • 65.4% of Gwynedd residents speak Welsh and it’s also the Council’s internal administrative language
  • In 2010/11 Gwynedd Council’s gross revenue expenditure was £298.4 million.
  • Amongst a wide range of other services, this money was used to educate over 17,000 residents, maintain 2,882 kilometres of highways and 301 kilometres of coastline.
  • There are 102 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and 3 special needs schools in Gwynedd.
  • The Council is responsible for running 14 Leisure Centres within the county. For any additional information go to the Leisure Centres web page.
  • There are 17 libraries in Gwynedd. For any additional information go to the Libraries web page.
  • The natural environment of Gwynedd is a valuable attraction in terms of attracting tourism.  In 2010 around 7.2 million visitors came to Gwynedd creating £852 million in revenue.
  • 67.5% of Gwynedd’s land area is located within the Snowdonia National Park, the largest national park in Wales
  • A large part of the Llŷn Peninsula was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, one of five in Wales.
  • Median household income in Gwynedd in 2012 (£22,369) is 10.0% lower than the figure in Wales (£24,848) and 21.3% lower than the figure for Great Britain (£28,413).
  • In 2011 the median price of a house sold in Gwynedd was £132,00 which is a decline of 2.9% compared to 2010.
  • The number of households in Gwynedd is projected to increase by 16.2% by 2033. This is lower than the average growth expected for the whole of Wales, which is 25.0%.

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Last updated: 12/09/2012
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