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County Borough
Bwrdeistref Sirol
Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 17th
246 km²
? %
Admin HQ Bridgend
ISO 3166-2 GB-BGE
ONS code 00PB
- (2007 est.)
- Density
Ranked 9th
Ranked 8th
544 / km²
Ethnicity 98.4% White.
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 14th
Arms of Bridgend County Borough Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
Control NOC (Labour minority administration)

Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a county borough in the historic area of Glamorgan, south Wales. The county borough has a total population of 130,000 people, and contains the settlements of Bridgend, after which it is named, Maesteg, and the seaside town of Porthcawl. Its member of the National Assembly for Wales is Carwyn Jones, and its Member of Parliament is Madeleine Moon.

The county borough lies at the geographical heart of south Wales. Its land area of 285 square kilometres stretches 20 km from east to west and occupies the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. The largest town is Bridgend (pop: 39,773), followed by Maesteg (pop: 20,700) and seaside resort of Porthcawl (pop: 19,238). * census 2001

It is based around the Ogmore River and its tributaries, although the Ewenny and Ogwr Fach rivers are considered the border with the Vale of Glamorgan for much of their length.

It was formed on 1 April 1996 under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. It includes all of the former Ogwr borough apart from the communities of Wick, St Bride's Major and Ewenny, which went to Vale of Glamorgan.



The region is governed by Bridgend County Borough Council. It is currently in the control of the Liberal Democrats with an alliance of independents and Conservatives.


There are 10 secondary schools in Bridgend County Borough:

Young people suicides

The Bridgend area gained prominence in 2007-8 after an unusually high number of suicides among young people were reported as taking place in the area. From Late February 2007 to August 2008, 24 young people from Bridgend committed suicide[1]. Police and coroners have denied any link between the deaths[2].


  1. ^ - "Teenage boy from Bridgend found hanged in latest suspected suicide"
  2. ^ BBC News - "Coroner denies 13 suicides linked"

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Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 3°34′46″W / 51.50667°N 3.57944°W / 51.50667; -3.57944



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