Gorlice County (Polish: powiat gorlicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Malopolskie, in southern Poland, near to the Slovak border. It was created on 1 January 1999 as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Gorlice, which lies 100 kilometres (62 miles) south-east of the regional capital Kraków. The only other towns in the county are Biecz, lying 12 km (7 miles) north-east of Gorlice, and Bobowa, 18 km (11 miles) west of Gorlice.
The county covers an area of 967.36 square kilometres (373.5 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 106,540, out of which the population of Gorlice was 28,539, Biecz was 4,585, Bobowa was 3,018, and the rural population was 70,398.
Gorlice County is bordered by Nowy Sącz County to the west, Tarnów County to the north and Jasło County to the east. It also borders Slovakia to the south.
The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (one urban, two urban-rural and seven rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Gorlice||rural||103.4||16,179||Gorlice *|
|Gmina Uście Gorlickie||rural||287.4||6,259||Uście Gorlickie|
|* seat not part of the gmina|
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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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