Chrzanów County (Polish: powiat Chrzanowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, north western part of the Małopolskie Province in southern Poland. The county benefits from being located between the capital cities of two provinces: Kraków and Katowice.
It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Chrzanów, which lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the regional capital Kraków. The county contains three other towns: Trzebinia, 8 km (5 miles) north-east of Chrzanów, Libiąż, 8 km (5 miles) south-west of Chrzanów, and Alwernia, 12 km (7 miles) south-east of Chrzanów.
The county covers an area of 371.49 square kilometres (143.4 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 128,103, out of which the population of Chrzanów was 39,797, Trzebinia was 18,769, Libiąż was 17,604 and Alwernia was 3,406, the rural population was 48,527.
Chrzanów County is bordered by Olkusz County to the north east, Kraków County to the east, Wadowice County to the south, Oświęcim County to the south-west and the city of Jaworzno to the west.
The county is subdivided into five gminas (four urban-rural and one rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
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A Powiat (pronounced povyat) is the second level of Polish administrative division, between Voivodships and Communes. As such it is roughly equivalent to counties or districts in the United Kingdom. There is no official equivalent of the name in English.
Some of the towns in a Voivodship can be centres of more than one powiat. The reason is that in several cases the town itself and its surroundings form separate entities of administrative division. This is usually the case for large Polish cities, but can also apply to several smaller towns.
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However, it is well worth a visit as there are the Renaissance and Baroque stylised edifices of Tadeusz Sendzimir Administrative Centre along with Cistercian Abbey found in Mogiła village.
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