Unlike many such community areas in Wales, Offa was not based on the boundaries of an earlier civil parish or township, although it corresponds roughly to some of the areas included in the old township of Wrexham Abbott. It was first established only in April 1985, after a boundary review bought four new 'urban' communities into being within the town of Wrexham. The community has four wards, Erddig, Brynyffynnon, Hermitage and Offa. The Community Council states that it was noted in a Welsh Assembly report as one of the most "active and innovative" in Wales.
At the 2001 census, the community had a total population of 9,852 in 4,294 households. Following the Hermitage ward's inclusion in the top 10% of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation, Offa Community has been involved in the Welsh Assembly's Communities First regeneration programme.
The community of Offa covers much of the older, western part of the centre of Wrexham, including St. Giles' Church. It also covers large residential areas, including the areas known as Hightown, Brynyffynnon and Felin Puleston, as well as the part of the grounds of Erddig not within the neighbouring communities of Esclusham and Marchwiel.
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