The County of Ceredigion covers a total land area of 179,500 hectares and shares its borders with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to the South and Powys to the East and North.
The area is largely rural in nature, with land use based principally on agriculture. The largest town within the County is Aberystwyth, with an overall population of around 16,400, which includes some 5,600 students (1996 data). The Aberystwyth population represents around 23% of the total for the County, with other larger settlements (including Cardigan (4200 population) and Lampeter (3200)) making up a further 13% of the overall population. Much of the population is therefore spread around the County in small or very small rural settlements.
The road network within the County is limited, with the principal routes into the County being the A487 (following the coast from north to south), the A482 (linking Aberaeron with Lampeter), the A44 (linking Aberystwyth to mid-Wales and further east), the A475 (Lampeter to Newcastle Emlyn) and the A486 providing a link towards Carmarthenshire. All roads within the County are single-carriageway.
For further information, please see: www.ceredigion.gov.uk
Powys is an extensive, largely upland and extremely rural county covering 2000 square miles, which is about a quarter of the area of Wales. With only 1 person in every 10 acres (4 hectares) it is one of the most sparsely populated local authority areas in England and Wales.
The county has tremendous landscape assets, from the dramatic mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the rolling hills of Radnor Forest to the Berwyn Mountains in the north, and some of Britain's most spectacular river valleys - the Severn, Wye and Usk - sweeping through its glorious scenery.
The economy is based on agriculture and tourism, with high self-employment and small businesses predominating, and an important contribution to employment opportunities from the public sector.
For further information, please see: www.powys.gov.uk