Bielsko County

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Not to be confused with Bielsk County, which has the same name in Polish.
Bielsko County
Powiat bielski
County
Flag of Bielsko County
Flag
Coat of arms of Bielsko County
Coat of arms
Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
Seat Bielsko-Biała
Gminas
Government
 • Starosta Andrzej Płonka
Area
 • Total 457.2 km2 (176.5 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 150,764
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
 • Urban 43,489
 • Rural 107,275
Car plates SBI
Website http://www.powiat.bielsko.pl/

Bielsko County (Polish: powiat bielski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Silesian Voivodeship, 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 Bielsko-Biała, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains three towns: Czechowice-Dziedzice, 13 km (8 mi) north-west of Bielsko-Biała, Szczyrk, 14 km (9 mi) south of Bielsko-Biała, and Wilamowice, 12 km (7 mi) north-east of Bielsko-Biała.

The county covers an area of 457.23 square kilometres (176.5 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 150,764, out of which the population of Czechowice-Dziedzice is 34,811, that of Szczyrk is 5,860, that of Wilamowice is 2,818, and the rural population is 107,275.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Apart from the city of Bielsko-Biała, Bielsko County is also bordered by Pszczyna County and Oświęcim County to the north, Wadowice County to the east, Żywiec County to the south, and Cieszyn County to the west.

Administrative division[edit]

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 Type Area
(km²)
Population
(2006)
Seat
Gmina Czechowice-Dziedzice urban-rural 66.3 43,248 Czechowice-Dziedzice
Gmina Jasienica rural 91.7 20,373 Jasienica
Gmina Wilamowice urban-rural 56.7 15,166 Wilamowice
Gmina Porąbka rural 64.6 14,703 Porąbka
Gmina Wilkowice rural 33.9 12,329 Wilkowice
Gmina Kozy rural 26.9 11,556 Kozy
Gmina Buczkowice rural 19.3 10,580 Buczkowice
Gmina Bestwina rural 37.6 10,412 Bestwina
Gmina Jaworze rural 21.3 6,537 Jaworze
Szczyrk urban 39.1 5,860  

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Coordinates: 49°49′N 19°02′E / 49.817°N 19.033°E / 49.817; 19.033