Miechów County (Polish: powiat miechowski) 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 and only town is Miechów, which lies 34 kilometres (21 miles) north of the regional capital Kraków.
The county covers an area of 676.73 square kilometres (261.3 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 50,769, out of which the population of Miechów was 11,717 and the rural population was 39,052. The district includes 150 towns and villages.
Farmland accounts for 79% of the land area within the district, which is characterized by good conditions for the development of agriculture and food processing. County Miechow continuies to be the granary of Malopolska, and food derived from the region's dairy products is well known to the residents of Krakow and Silesia.
Miechów County is bordered by Jędrzejów County to the north, Pińczów County and Kazimierza County to the east, Proszowice County to the south-east, Kraków County to the south, and Olkusz County and Zawiercie County to the west.
The county is subdivided into seven gminas (one urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Książ Wielki||rural||137.8||5,565||Książ Wielki|
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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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