Mid Wales (Welsh: Canolbarth Cymru or simply Y Canolbarth "The Midlands") is the central region of Wales. The Mid Wales Regional Committee of the National Assembly for Wales covered the unitary authority areas of Ceredigion and Powys and the area of Gwynedd that had previously been the district of Meirionnydd. A similar definition is used by the BBC. The Wales Spatial Plan defines a region known as "Central Wales" which covers Ceredigion and Powys. If Mid Wales is classed as Ceredigion and Powys, the area would be 6,962 square kilometres (2,688 sq mi) (about the size of Cumbria).
Mid Wales is dominated by the Cambrian Mountains, including the Green Desert of Wales. The region is sparsely populated, with an economy dependent on farming and small businesses. The density of the unitary authority areas of Ceredigion and Powys combined is only 30 inhabitants per square kilometre (78/sq mi).
- Builth Wells
- Llandrindod Wells
- New Quay
- Newcastle Emlyn
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