Neath Port Talbot is a County Borough and one of the Unitary Authority areas of Wales. Neath Port Talbot is the 8th most populous County in Wales and the third most Populous County Borough.
The County Borough borders with the other principal areas of Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff to the East, Powys and Carmarthenshire to the North and Swansea to the West. Its principal towns are Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe.
The Local Authority area stretches from the Coast to the Borders of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The majority of land is upland or semi-upland in character and 43% is covered by forestry with major conifer plantations in upland areas. Most of the lower lying flat land is near the coast around Port Talbot. An extensive dune system stretches along much of the Coast, broken by river mouths and areas of development. The upland areas are cut by five valleys of which include: Vale of Neath, Dulais Valley, Afan Valley, Swansea Valley and Upper Amman Valley.
Modern settlement patterns reflect the industrial history of the area, with urban development along the flatter areas of the valley and some parts of the Coast. The largest town is Neath with a population of 47,020 followed by Port Talbot 35,633, Briton Ferry 7,186, Pontardawe 5,035 and Glynneath 4,368.
The majority of the population live in the coastal plane around Port Talbot and the land around the River Neath in the vicinity of Neath.
For information on areas of Neath Port Talbot please visit the Neath Port Talbot County Borough website.