The ward has a population of 16,800 – the largest ward population in Swansea, but only ninth most densely populated.
Morriston is represented by five Labour Party councillors : Council leader Rob Stewart, Robert Francis-Davies, Andrea Lewis, Yvonne Jardine, and Ceri Evans.
The age profile of the ward generally follows Swansea’s, but slightly higher percentage of people aged 0-15 and 25-44.
While Morriston is generally regarded as a distinct town within Swansea, it is also effectively a suburb of the city.
Morriston town centre is concentrated around Woodfield Street, a busy shopping street running north-south.
In terms of housing development, Morriston ward can be divided into three distinct areas: (i) the residential area surrounding the district centre, which comprises the Morriston locality and contains a high proportion of early 19th century terraced houses built largely to accommodate workers from nearby industries; (ii) localities further north around the M4 (Cwmrhydyceirw, Pantlassau, Gwernfadog and Ynysforgan), largely characterised by private semi-detached post-war housing; and (iii) Ynystawe locality to the north east of the ward, which contains mainly traditional detached and semi-detached dwellings along Clydach Road and the surrounding slopes, many of which were originally built during the 19th century.