The ward has a population of 3,200 and is approximately six kms west of Swansea city centre with the neighbouring wards of Killay South, Dunvant, Gowerton, Cockett, and Sketty
Killay, which has a very high proportion of 16 to 24 year olds largely explained by the presence in the ward of Hendrefoilan Student Village, is one of a string of Victorian hamlets on Gower Road that rapidly grew during the early 1900s and was subsequently absorbed by the western expansion of urban Swansea.
It has since developed as an attractive residential suburb.
The 20th century development of Killay North can be broadly subdivided into three areas and phases. The first phase involved the development during the 1940s and 1950s of private semi-detached homes around the Wimmerfield Crescent area.
The next phase coincided with the expansion of the University and creation of the Student Village which was constructed in phases between 1973 and 1993. In the 1990s, developments in the Hendrefoilan Woods area further contributed to population growth.