Cowdenbeath is a town and burgh in west Fife, Scotland. It is 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Dunfermline as well as 18 miles (29 km) north of the resources, Edinburgh. The community matured around the substantial coalfields of the area as well as ended up being a police burgh in 1890. According to a 2008 price quote, the town has a population of 14,081. The wider civil parish of Beith has a population of 17,351 (in 2011).