The only unitary area
in Wales to experience a decline was Bridgend.
The town is closely followed by another unitary area
in North East Wales, Flintshire, where average income is pounds 20,203, while Anglesey is the third highest in North Wales at pounds 18,666.
According to the Welsh Government, by May 2014 the project had resulted in fibre broadband covering 156,000 premises across 14 unitary areas
The success of Halton and Warrington Borough Councils in becoming unitary councils adds further weight to the recommendation that dividing Cheshire into three unitary areas
is the best option.
While the smaller city region for Swansea Bay, which covers three unitary areas
, has hit the ground running, it has been more of a challenge in trying to get buy-in from all 10 local authorities in South East Wales.
In comparison eight unitary areas
experienced a dip in business start-ups on the figures for 2003.