Proszowice County (Polish: powiat Proszowicki) 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 Proszowice, which lies 31 kilometres (19 miles) north-east of the regional capital Kraków.
The county covers an area of 414.57 square kilometres (160.1 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 43,441, out of which the population of Proszowice was 6,205 and the rural population was 37,236.
Proszowice County is bordered by Kazimierza County and Tarnów County to the east, Brzesko County to the south-east, Bochnia County to the south, Kraków County to the south and west, and Miechów County to the north-west. Main highways passing through the county include the National road No. 79 (segment - Brzesko Kosice-Krakow). Other roads are: No. 775 Słomniki - Proszowice - Ispina, No. 776 Krakow - Proszowice - Busko Zdroj and Casimir the Great No 768-Kosice-Brzesko.
The district is located within the Plateau Proszowickiego as part of the Mazowsze, Nida Basin.
Proszowice district has a number of tourist attractions. The geography of the county includes the Nieckowate relief, pagórkowatość (hilly terrain feature) terrain, gorges and cliffs. Run by the county historical and tourist authorities, there is the Kościuszkowskie trail leading ultimately to the T. Kosciuszko Mound in Racławicach; Trail cycle routes - Mills Valley Szreniawa and the Wooden Architecture Route.
The county is subdivided into six gminas (one urban-rural and five rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Nowe Brzesko||rural||54.5||5,769||Nowe Brzesko|
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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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