Pontardawe (electoral ward)
|Population||5,421 (2011 census)|
|Principal area||Neath Port Talbot|
|Ceremonial county||West Glamorgan|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Councillors||Linet Purcell (Plaid Cymru)|
|Mike James (Labour)|
The greater part of the geographical area of the ward is made up of mountainous grassland and open moorland with a scattering of farms. However, the majority of the population is concentrated in the town of Pontardawe in the south of the ward.
In clockwise order the ward is bounded
- to the north by the wards of Glanamman (in Carmarthenshire), Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and Cwmllynfell
- to the east by the wards of Ystalyfera and Godre'r Graig
- to the southeast by the ward of Rhos
- to the south by the wards of Allt-Wen and Trebanos
- to the west by the wards of Clydach and Mawr (both in Swansea)
|Linet Purcell||Plaid Cymru||911||elected – Plaid Cymru hold|
|Mike James||Labour||729||elected – Labour hold|
|Sue Northcott||Plaid Cymru||675|
- The Welsh language is widely used in the ward. Only 46.6% of residents aged over 3 have no knowledge of Welsh.
- There is a high standard of education in the ward. Only 41.6% of residents have no formal qualifications. 17.2% of residents have a higher qualification.
- 12.5% of the working population are senior managers and officials, 12.1% are in professional trades, and 13.3% are in associate professional and technical jobs.
- The top field of employment in Pontardawe is health and social care, with 16% of the population working in this sector.