There are three urban centres in Vesturbyggð Urban Area: Bíldudalur, Birkimelur and Patreksfjörður. Vesturbyggð is in Barðaströnd County together with Tálknafjörður Rural District (see map). Approximately 1.300 residents live in the area. Chief occupation is commercial fishing and fish processing. Patreksfjörður is the largest service centre in the southern part of West Fjords offering general urban services to the community.