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.