Dyfi Valley Demographics

Population

The geography of the Dyfi Valley has no respect for man-made administrative divisions, and it straddles three current Local Authorities : the southern boundary of Gwynedd, the northern tip of Dyfed, and the north-western extremity of Powys. Over the years, there has been a succession of attempts to come up with suitable subdivisions of these, in the form of counties (Merionethshire/Montgomeryshire/Cardiganshire) and parishes. These changes make it very difficult to compare like for like.

As it happens, the area is currently quite conveniently covered by modern subdivisions known as wards, and the following fit rather well, although extending just a bit beyond the catchment area of Dyfi and its tributaries:

2001 Census

Map of 2001 Census Wards

Ward Population No. of
Households
Average Age
of Population
% Speaking, Writing & Reading Welsh % Speaking, but not Writing or Reading Welsh
Aberdyfi 1,136  551 48.5 36 9
Borth 2,258 969 41.0 36 8
Ceulanamaesmawr 1,917  817 40.9 48 8
Corris/Mawddwy 1,216  553 42.6 54 6
Glantwymyn 1,955  814 42.5 54 5
Llanbrynmair 958  383 42.9 48 5
Machynlleth 2,147   994 42.4 43 12
TOTAL 11587  5081


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1841-1901 Census

The following returns don't represent the entire Dyfi Valley, by any means, and I'm still trying to find the missing detail.

 Civil Registration District 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Cemmaes 935 891 872 877 946 729 722
Darowen 1041 1191 1227 1183 976 702 667
Llanbrynmair 2019 1982 2061 1903 1575 1288 1151
Llanwrin 822 768 720 748 681 597 559
Machynlleth 1636 1665 1640 2028 2026 1826 2038
Penegoes 772 1126 1126 1112 982 720 581
TOTAL 7225 7623 7646 7851 7186 5862 5718

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