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The state of the Countryside
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The 20% of the population on this map are considered to be of average income deprivation in Wales.
This map shows a fairly even spread of communities in Wales considered to lie between the most and the least deprived. It includes communities nearer the Welsh coast where there is more diversification in the economy, predominantly through tourism. However, while there may be fewer benefit claimants, MPs have also warned that as areas become more affluent, housing costs are pushed up by new arrivals to an area, meaning that young people are forced out of the countryside to seek work in towns.