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The local area guide to living in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire is situated in south west Wales and is the third largest Welsh county. Boasting a stunning landscape, which includes forests and mountains, as well as smaller fishing villages and sandy shores, residents here will be treated to natural beauty right on their doorstep. In fact, around 70% of the land in Carmarthenshire is said to be rural – so it comes as no surprise that the principal industries here are agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism. As a result of this, and its landscape, the county is also known as the “Garden of Wales.”

The principal towns in the region are Ammanford, Burry Port, Whitland, St. Clears, Llandovery, Kidwelly, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Newcastle Emlyn and Llandeilo. The largest of these is Llanelli, but the county town is Carmarthen – because of its central location. Carmarthen is also the most populated area in the county.

Information about the local residents

Key figures for the 2011 census revealed that the county had a population of 183,777. With the population being older than other counties of a similar size, the number of those employed in Carmarthenshire was relatively low. Around 57% of the population were employed in some way while just over 18% of the population had retired. Typical jobs here were in the forestry, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries and tended to be in small and micro businesses, typically employing 25 people or less.

The Welsh language is important to the majority of residents in Carmarthenshire, with over half the population able to read, write, or speak Welsh. In fact, prior to the 2011 census, Welsh was the main language spoken in the county. However, the number of people speaking Welsh here has since declined – with only 43.9% recorded as speaking Welsh at the time of the 2011 census.

Nearby schools

Carmarthen’s secondary schools provide education for over 27,000 pupils. There are 101 primary schools in the area, 12 secondary schools, and two special schools.

According to the Welsh Government’s new colour-coded bandings, Carmarthenshire has a number of ‘green’ rated primary schools, including Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun, Johnstown C.P. School, Ysgol Y Dden, Ysgol Gynradd Pum Heol, Llangennech Infants School, and Burry Port Community Primary School. Schools in this category have been assessed as highly effective and well-run, with good standards to help pupils to achieve.

Good secondary schools in the area include Queen Elizabeth High School and Bryngwyn School. Bro Myrddin Comprehensive School is another great option for those families looking for a school that teaches in Welsh.

Getting around

Public transport in and around Carmarthenshire is frequent and regular, with many services being run by the local operator. National Express also offers transport within the county and is ideal for longer trips. There are also a number of train stations within the region, with stations at Llanelli, Burry Port, Kidwelly, Ferryside, Carmarthen and Whitland. All of these stations offer quick and easy transportation to Swansea.

If you’re driving in and out of the county, you’ll find a number of motorway links. The county offers access to the M5, M6, M42, and M50, making it easy to get around. For travel further afield and overseas, Swansea Airport and Cardiff International Airport are your nearest airports.

Local shops

There are a huge variety of places to shop in Carmarthenshire, with each of the county’s towns offering up a different vibe. The market town of Carmarthen is home to the St Catherine’s Walk shopping area, featuring lots of popular high street shops, along with restaurants and entertainment facilities. Merlin’s Walk, a busy shopping centre, is another great place to shop to shop in Carmarthen, while Carmarthen Market, home to over 80 stalls, offers unique finds along with local produce.

The county also boasts a number of retail parks for out-of-town shopping. These are usually home to supermarket superstores, fast food chains and electronics stores.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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