Bridgend is a county borough in Glamorgan, southern Wales. The county borough has a total population of 130,000 people, and contains the settlements of Bridgend, after which it is named, Maesteg, and the seaside town of Porthcawl. Its member of the National Assembly for Wales is Carwyn Jones, and its Member of Parliament is Madeleine Moon.
The county borough lies at the geographical heart of south Wales. Its land area of 285 square kilometres stretches 20 km from east to west and occupies the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. The largest town is Bridgend (pop: 39,773), followed by Maesteg (pop: 20,700) and seaside resort of Porthcawl (pop: 19,238). * census 2001
It was formed on April 1, 1996 from most of the former district of Ogwr.
The region is governed by Bridgend County Borough Council. It is currently in the control of the Liberal Democrats with an alliance of independents and Conservatives.