Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales – it is also the tenth largest city found in the United Kingdom. The city is the country's chief financial centre and the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions. The National Assembly for Wales can be found within Cardiff bay.
Cardiff is a vibrant tourist centre and is currently the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 18.3 million visitors in the previous year.
Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and made capital of Wales in 1955. Since the 1990s, Cardiff has seen significant development throughout the city and surrounding areas. Cardiff bay has been transformed from the old coal docks to a modern vibrant area with the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex and cafes and bars. Current projects in the city include the Cardiff International Sports Village, a BBC drama village, and a new business district in the city centre.
Sporting venues in the city are vast and include the Millennium Stadium (the national stadium), SWALEC Stadium (the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club), Cardiff City Stadium (the home of Cardiff City football team), Cardiff International Sports Stadium (the home of Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club) and Cardiff Arms Park (the home of Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC rugby union teams). The city was awarded ‘European City of Sport in 2009 and 2014’ due to its role in hosting major international sporting events. The Millennium Stadium also hosted 11 football matches as part of the 2012 Summer London Olympics.
Following a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s, Cardiff's population has been growing steadily in recent years. The local authority area had a population of 346,100 according to the 2011 census. Cardiff was the fastest-growing local authority in Wales with population growth rate of 1.2%
Last year most property sales in Cardiff involved terraced properties which sold for on average £195,554. Semi-detached properties sold for an average price of £234,423, while flats fetched £140,558.
Cardiff, with an overall average price of £217,836 was cheaper than nearby Heath (£253,370), Birchgrove (£248,971) and Lakeside (£337,817).
During the last year, sold prices in Cardiff were 3% up on the previous year and 11% up on 2014 when the average house price was £196,914.
Source: Rightmove September 2017
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