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Monmouthshire: Some Facts

Demographic Profile:

  • Monmouthshire is a rural county and, although its population has risen to 91,000, it remains one of the least densely populated counties in Wales.
  • It is strategically situated on the south east border with England and it is one of the most connected counties in Wales, with two motorways; the M4 and M48, crossing the county.
  • The Severn Bridge and the Second Severn Crossing provide road access and Monmouthshire is an important rail connection with stations at Abergavenny, Chepstow, Severn Tunnel Junction (Rogiet) and Caldicot.
  • Half of the population live in the main towns of Abergavenny, Monmouth, Usk, Caldicot and Chepstow.
  • In the 2011 census, Monmouthshire was just one of two areas that reported an increase in its proportion of Welsh speakers.
  • A host of famous musicians have recorded at the renowned Rockfield Studios in Monmouth.
  • 79% of the population are economically active - the highest level in Wales.
  • People are living longer with increased life expectancy.
  • There are 19,863 people over 65 years old in Monmouthshire, approximately 22% of the population. This is projected to grow by 56.9% to 31,157 between 2012 and 2033.
  • Tourism contributes £245 million to the Monmouthshire economy.
  • Approximately 2.28 million people visit Monmouthshire each year (2018 figures)
  • Approximately 10% of the workforce is employed in the tourism sector.
  • There is an increase in the number of older people moving to Monmouthshire.

The main strengths of Monmouthshire

  • Stunning countryside and diverse landscapes of exceptional quality – Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley AONB, Usk Valley, northern Monmouthshire.
  • The Wye and Usk Rivers present opportunities for walking, fishing and canoeing.
  • A number of high profile long distance promoted walks start/finish and pass through Monmouthshire – Offa‟s Dyke Path National Trail, Wye Valley Walk, Wales Coast Path, Usk Valley Walk, Three Castles Walk, Monnow Valley Walk, Cistercian Way.
  • A wealth of free access places and sites in the countryside e.g. public forest, countryside sites, nature reserves.
  • The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is a popular resource for canal boat holidays and pleasure boating as well as walking, cycling, fishing and canoeing.
  • St Pierre Park is a major Championship golf course and Monmouthshire has 7 other golf courses that welcome visiting golfers.
  • Tintern Abbey is an iconic heritage site.
  • It is estimated that the density of castle buildings in Monmouthshire is the greatest in any region in Britain, with more castles per square mile than anywhere else.
  • High quality hotels, restaurants and gastro pubs with rooms.
  • Good stock of high quality self-catering accommodation.
  • Good stock of touring caravan and camping sites.
  • A number of award winning restaurants, pubs and gastro pubs – with celebrity chefs.
  • Abergavenny Food Festival – one of the leading food festivals in the UK, with an international reputation.
  • A number of award winning food producers.
  • Two major equestrian sports venues – Chepstow Racecourse and the David Broome Event Centre

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