Swansea is a coastal city and county in Wales. It is Wales' second
largest city and the UK's twenty-sixth largest city. Swansea lies within the
historic county boundaries of Glamorgan. Situated on the sandy South West Wales
coast, the county area includes the Gower Peninsula and the Lliw uplands. The
City and County of Swansea had a population of 239,000 in 2011, making it the
second most populous local authority area in Wales after Cardiff. During its
19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was a key centre of the copper
industry, earning the nickname 'Copperopolis'