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  1. A maritime traditional county of Wales, bounded to the north by the Irish Sea, to the east by Flintshire, Cheshire and Shropshire, to the south by Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire, and to the west by Caernarfonshire.
  2. A local government principal area, bordered by Wrexham, Flintshire, Conwy, Gwynedd and Powys.

Extensive Definition

Denbighshire (lang-cy Sir Ddinbych) is a principal area and county in North Wales. It is named after the historic county of Denbighshire, but has substantially different borders.

Formation

The present principal area was formed on April 1, 1996, under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, from various parts of the county of Clwyd. It included the district of Rhuddlan (which was formed in 1974 entirely from Flintshire), the communities of Trefnant and Cefnmeiriadog from the district of Colwyn (which was entirely Denbighshire) and most of the Glyndwr district. The part of the Glyndwr district included the entirety of the former Edeyrnion Rural District, which was part of the administrative county of Merionethshire prior to 1974 - which covered the the parishes of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, Corwen, Gwyddelwern, Llangar, Llandrillo in Edeirnion and Llansanffraid.
Other principal areas containing part of historic Denbighshire are Conwy, which picked up the remainder of the 1974-1996 Colwyn, and also the Denbighshire parts of the 1974-1996 Aberconwy, and Wrexham, which corresponds to the pre-1974 borough of Wrexham along with most of the Wrexham Rural District and also several parishes from Glyndwr.
The post-1996 Powys includes the historic Denbighshire parishes of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansilin and Llangedwyn, which had formed part of Glyndwr district.

Geography

See List of places in Denbighshire for a list of towns and villages.
The area is mostly hilly moorland, with the Clwydian range in the east, the Hiraethog Moors in the west and the Berwyn range adjacent to the southern boundary. The broad, fertile Vale of Clwyd runs south to north in the centre, and there is a narrow coastal plain in the north. Average temperatures are 2°C in January and 19°C in July.

Schools

Top performing secondary schools in Denbighshire, 5 GCSEs, grades A-C, according to the latest inspection report by Estyn
68% Brynhyfryd High School, Ruthin (Bilingual)
63% Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd, St Asaph (Welsh)
54% Prestatyn High School, Prestatyn
50% Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen
According to the latest inspection report by Estyn, St Brigids High School with a GCSE pass rate of 76% (based on 5 GCSEs, grades A-C) is the 10th best performing secondary school in Wales, just behind Builth Wells High School in Powys.

Population

Denbighshire's total population at the 2001 census was 93,065, with the largest towns on the coast at Rhyl (pop. c.25,000) and Prestatyn (pop. c.15,000). The inland towns are much smaller, Denbigh having a population of 8,500, Ruthin 5,000, and Llangollen 3,300. 28% of the population speaks Welsh, mainly in the upland area and the Vale of Clwyd.

Economy

There are no heavy industrial sites in the county although most of the towns have small industrial estates for light industry, the economy of the area being based on agriculture and tourism. A large proportion of the working population is employed in service industries. The uplands support the rearing of sheep and beef cattle, while in the Vale of Clwyd dairy farming and the growing of wheat and barley predominates.
On November 19, 2004, Denbighshire was granted Fairtrade County status.
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