Powiat Krakowski

Kraków County (Polish: powiat krakowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Malopolskie, in southern Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998.

Its administrative seat is the city of Kraków, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains five towns: Skawina, 12 km (7 miles) south-west of Kraków, Krzeszowice, 24 km (15 miles) west of Kraków, Słomniki, 24 km (15 miles) north-east of Kraków, Skała, 20 km (12 miles) north of Kraków, and Świątniki Górne, 15 km (9 miles) south of Kraków.

The county covers an area of 1,229.62 square kilometres (474.8 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 244,970, (today it is about 241,000, 7.3% of all residents of the Małopolskie Voivodeship) out of which the population of Skawina was 23,691 (24,374 now), Krzeszowice was 9,942, Słomniki was 4,331, Skała was 3,693, Świątniki Górne was 2,101, and the rural population was 201,212. Within the county there are 322 towns and villages.

Apart from the city of Kraków, Kraków County is also bordered by Miechów County to the north, Proszowice County and Bochnia County to the east, Wieliczka County to the south-east, Myślenice County to the south, Wadowice County and Chrzanów County to the west, and Olkusz County to the north-west.

The county is subdivided into 17 gminas (five urban-rural and 12 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population. If in red figures have been updated as of 4 January 2010.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Skawina urban-rural 100.2 41,557 Skawina
Gmina Krzeszowice urban-rural 139.4 31,418 Krzeszowice
Gmina Zabierzów rural 99.6 21,372 Zabierzów
Gmina Zielonki rural 48.4 15,740 Zielonki
Gmina Liszki rural 72.0 15,636 Liszki
Gmina Słomniki urban-rural 111.4 13,589 Słomniki
Gmina Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca rural 82.5 13,199 Luborzyca
Gmina Czernichów rural 83.8 12,851 Czernichów
Gmina Mogilany rural 43.6 11,141 Mogilany
Gmina Jerzmanowice-Przeginia rural 68.4 10,432 Jerzmanowice
Gmina Skała urban-rural 74.3 9,635 Skała
Gmina Wielka Wieś rural 48.1 9,316 Wielka Wieś
Gmina Świątniki Górne urban-rural 20.2 8,619 Świątniki Górne
Gmina Iwanowice rural 70.6 8,292 Iwanowice
Gmina Michałowice rural 51.3 7,078 Michałowice
Gmina Igołomia-Wawrzeńczyce rural 62.6 7,661 Wawrzeńczyce
Gmina Sułoszowa rural 53.4 5,948 Sułoszowa

The editor acknowledges with grateful thanks some of the above information is from Wikipedia.

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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