Community Profiles

Here you can view data on Communities in Torfaen, explore the data and create a thematic map based on your findings. Click here to view the Community Profiles in Torfaen.

Community Geographies Explained

As part of the Wellbeing Assessment of Torfaen carried out in 2016, there was a need to define community boundaries within the borough that could be compared.  It was decided that Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs) were small enough to identify inequalities between areas but large enough to represent key community areas.

MSOAs are ONS statistical geographies where the population is between 5,000 and 15,000 and there are between 2,000 and 6,000 households.

This means MSOAs can be compared with each other statistically, unlike electoral ward geographies where the population could range from less than 100 to more than 30,000 in parts of the UK. Wales has 413 MSOAs, of which Torfaen has 13.

Here is a cross-reference table of the communities used in this analysis, to give a greater understanding of the localities that are situated within the communities and settlements. The localities shown below are approximate and may spread into adjacent areas.

Torfaen MSOA meaningful names
SettlementMSOA NameArea





Pontypool North

Abersychan, Cwmavon, Garndiffaith, Talywain, Varteg

Pontypool Central

Penygarn, Snatchwood, St. Cadocs, Trevethin

Pontypool West

Brynwern, Cwm Fields, Cwmynyscoy, Pontnewynydd, Pontymoile, Pontypool town centre, Tranch, Trosnant, Upper Race, Wainfelin

Pontypool East

New Inn

Pontypool South

Griffithstown, Sebastopol


Cwmbran North

Lowlands, Northville, Pontnewydd, Pontrhydyrun, Upper Cwmbran

Cwmbran East

Croesyceiliog, Llanyrafon North

Cwmbran North-West

Greenmeadow East, Pontnewydd, West Thornhill

Cwmbran Central

Old Cwmbran, Southville, St. Dials

Cwmbran West

Greenmeadow West, Fairwater

Cwmbran South-West

Coed Eva, Henllys, Two Locks, Ty Canol

Cwmbran South-East

Cwmbran town centre, Llanfrechfa, Llantarnam,

Llanyrafon South, Oakfield, Ponthir

Last Modified: 10/05/2023
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