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County of Carmarthenshire Sir Gaerfyrddin

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Ranked 3rd

2,395 km²

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County Town Carmarthenmarker
Largest Town Llanellimarker
ISO 3166-2 GB-CMN
ONS code 00NU

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Ethnicity 99.4% White
Welsh language

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Ranked 3rd


Carmarthenshire County Council

MEPs Wales
Carmarthenshire ( or Sir Gâr) is a unitary authority in the south westmarker of Walesmarker and one of thirteen historic counties. Its three largest towns are Carmarthenmarker, Llanellimarker and Ammanfordmarker. The county town and administrative centre of Carmarthenshire is Carmarthenmarker and the most populous settlement is the area in and around the town of Llanellimarker.

With its fertile land and agricultural produce, Carmarthenshire is known as the "Garden of Wales".


The county is bounded to the north by Ceredigion, to the east by Powysmarker, Neath Port Talbot and Swanseamarker, to the south by the Bristol Channelmarker and to the west by Pembrokeshiremarker. Carmarthenshire has a population of approximately 170,000, 55.1% of whom are Welsh speakers. The surface generally is upland and mountainous. Fforest Fawr and Black Mountainmarker extend into the east of the county and the Cambrian Mountainsmarker into the north. The south coast contains many fishing villages and sandy beaches. The highest point is the Fan Brycheiniogmarker, 2,525 feet (770 m). Carmarthenshire is the largest historic county by area in Wales.

Principal towns are Ammanfordmarker, Burry Portmarker, Carmarthenmarker, Kidwellymarker, Llanellimarker, Llandeilomarker, Newcastle Emlynmarker and Llandoverymarker, Sandymarker, St. Clearsmarker, Whitlandmarker, Pendinemarker. The main rivers are the Tywimarker, the Loughormarker (which forms the eastern boundary with Glamorganmarker), and the Gwendraeth Fawr. The principal industries are agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism. Although Llanellimarker is by far the larger town in the county, the county town remains in Carmarthenmarker, mainly due to its central location.


Carmarthenshire became an administrative county with a county council taking over functions from the Quarter Sessions under the Local Government Act 1888. Under the Local Government Act 1972, the administrative county of Carmarthenshire was abolished on 1 April 1974, and the area of Carmarthenshire became three districts within the new county of Dyfed : Carmarthenmarker, Dinefwrmarker and Llanellimarker. Under the Local Government Act 1994, Dyfed was abolished on 1 April 1996, and the three districts united to form a unitary authority, which had the same boundaries as the original Carmarthenshire. In 2003, following a local campaign, the Clunderwenmarker community council area was transferred to Pembrokeshiremarker.

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See also


  1. Visit Britain - Carmarthenshire

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