🏴 Swansea is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales. The county area includes Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. Swansea's position on the south-west coast of Wales is within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. Swansea is the second most populous local authority area in Wales. Together with Neath and Port Talbot, Swansea forms the heart of a wider Urban Area.
Swansea has a post-industrial, service sector economy. Of the 105,900 people estimated to work within the City and County of Swansea, over 90% are employed in the service sectors, with relatively high shares in public administration, education & health and banking, finance & insurance, and correspondingly high proportions of employment in occupations associated with the service sector, including professional, administrative/secretarial and sales/customer service occupations. Swansea acts as a service centre for South West Wales.
Swansea is home to the DVLA headquarters in Morriston, which employs around 6,000 people in the city. Other major employers in the city are Admiral Group, HSBC, Virgin Media, Swansea Bay University Health Board, BT and Amazon.co.uk. Virgin Atlantic also maintains its largest world-wide contact centre in Swansea; including reservations, sales, baggage claims, and customer relations.
Swansea has a population of over 219,000 people. Swansea also forms the centre of the wider Swansea metropolitan area which has a population of over 462,000 people. Swansea is the #83 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.7689 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Swansea is ranked #596 for startups with a score of 0.277.