Ballymoney Borough covers 161 sq miles (41,700 hectares) and is predominantly rural in character. The town of Ballymoney is its administrative, commercial and educational centre, and there are a number of small villages in the rural hinterland. The Borough lies within the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also the Lower Bann valley, which forms part of the Borough’s western boundary. The area’s population has grown from 26,894 in 2001 to 29,741 in 2007 with one-third of the population of the borough living near or within the town of Ballymoney. The current population represents 1.7% of the population of Northern Ireland and since 2001 the borough has enjoyed a constant population growth rate of 1.7% per annum, (this rose to 1.8% 2006-2007), as a result of both positive natural change and a net inward migration to the borough.
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