Warsaw Voivodeship (1975-1998)

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Warsaw Voivodeship 1975
This article is about a 20th-century voivodeship. For an 18th-century one, see Warszawa Voivodeship (1793).

Warszawa Voivodeship (Polish: województwo warszawskie) was a unit of administrative division and local government in Poland in years 1975–1998, superseded by Masovian Voivodeship.

Capital city: Warsaw
Major cities and towns: (population in 1995):

Warsaw Voivodeship in interwar period[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Warsaw Voivodeship (1919-1939).

Between the years 1918–1939, Warsaw Voivodeship covered north-central part of Poland, bordering East Prussia to the north, Pomorze Voivodeship and Łódź Voivodeship to the west, Kielce Voivodeship to the south and both Lublin Voivodeship and Białystok Voivodeship (1919-1939) to the east. Its area, after April 1, 1938, (see: Territorial changes of Polish Voivodeships on April 1, 1938) was 31,656 km2 and population (in 1931) - 2,460,900. Out of this, 88.3% was Polish, 9.7% - Jews and 1.6% - Germans. In the city of Warsaw, in 1931, only 70.7% of population was Polish, with 28.3% of Jews. In the whole voivodeship, 21.8% of population was illiterate (as for 1931).

Warsaw Voivodeship in mid-1939 consisted of 22 powiats (counties), 53 cities and towns and 293 villages. The counties were:

  • Błonie county (area 1,074 km2, pop. 143,900),
  • Ciechanów county (area 1,209 km2, pop. 78,800),
  • Działdowo county (area 842 km2, pop. 42,700),
  • Garwolin county (area 2,044 km2, pop. 175,700),
  • Gostyńin county (area 1,147 km2, pop. 81,600),
  • Grojec county (area 1,699 km2, pop. 132,400),
  • Łomża county (area 2,657 km2, pop. 168,200),
  • Maków Mazowiecki county (area 1,136 km2, pop. 65,600),
  • Mińsk Mazowiecki county (area 1,228 km2, pop. 111,100),
  • Mława county (area 1,486 km2, pop. 103,100),
  • Ostrołęka county (area 2,281 km2, pop. 112,600),
  • Ostrów Mazowiecka county (area 1,467 km2, pop. 99,800),
  • Płock county (area 1,485 km2, pop. 128,100),
  • Płońsk county (area 1,289 km2, pop. 81,400),
  • Przasnysz county (area 1,410 km2, pop. 69,100),
  • Pułtusk county (area 1,527 km2, pop. 118,100),
  • Radzymin county (area 1,076 km2, pop. 97,500),
  • Sierpc county (area 1,204 km2, pop. 84,900),
  • Sochaczew county (area 1,052 km2, pop. 75,200),
  • Sokołów Podlaski county (area 1,276 km2, pop. 83,900),
  • Warszawa county (area 1,766 km2, pop. 318,500),
  • Węgrów county (area 1,301 km2, pop. 88,800).

The city of Warsaw, with the area of 141 km2 (134 km2 of counties' area plus 7 km2 of the Vistula river) and population of 1,179,500 (as for 1931) was considered a separate unit, just like any other voivodeship. It was divided into 4 counties. These were:

  • South Warsaw (area 50 km2, pop. 307,100),
  • North Warsaw (area 31 km2, pop. 478,200),
  • Warsaw-Praga (area 43 km2, pop. 176,100),
  • Central Warsaw (area 10 km2, pop. 218,100. It was the smallest and the most densely populated county in 1930s Poland. Population density there was 22,415 persons per km2.).

In 1931, biggest cities of the voivodeship were:

  • Warsaw (pop. 1,179,500),
  • Płock (pop. 33,000),
  • Żyrardów (pop. 25,100),
  • Łomża (pop. 25,000),
  • Pruszków (pop. 23,700),
  • Mława (pop. 19,600),
  • Ostrów Mazowiecka (pop. 17,600),
  • Pułtusk (pop. 16,800),
  • Grodzisk Mazowiecki (pop. 15,700),
  • Otwock (pop. 15,100),
  • Ostrołęka (pop. 14,100),
  • Wolomin (pop. 14,100),
  • Ciechanów (pop. 13,900).

Source: Maly Rocznik Statystyczny, Warszawa 1939 (Concise Statistical Year-Book of Poland. Warsaw 1939).

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Coordinates: 52°15′02″N 21°00′37″E / 52.250466°N 21.010144°E / 52.250466; 21.010144