Csongrád-Csanád County

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Csongrád-Csanád County
Csongrád-Csanád megye
Maros river embankment near Makó
Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park
Cathedral of Szeged
Descending, from top: Maros river embankment near Makó, Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, and Cathedral of Szeged
Flag of Csongrád-Csanád County
Coat of arms of Csongrád-Csanád County
Csongrád-Csanád County within Hungary
Csongrád-Csanád County within Hungary
Country Hungary
RegionSouthern Great Plain
County seatSzeged
 • President of the General AssemblyBéla Kakas (Fidesz-KDNP)
 • Total4,262.71 km2 (1,645.84 sq mi)
 • Rank12th in Hungary
 • Total406,205[1]
 • Rank8th in Hungary
Postal code
66xx – 69xx
Area code(s)(+36) 62, 63
ISO 3166 codeHU-CS

Csongrád-Csanád (Hungarian: Csongrád-Csanád megye [ˈt͡ʃoŋɡraːd ˈt͡ʃɒnaːd]) is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in southern Hungary, straddling the river Tisza, on the border with Serbia and Romania. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Bács-Kiskun County, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County and Békés. The administrative centre of Csongrád-Csanád county is Szeged. The county is also part of the Danube–Criș–Mureș–Tisa Euroregion.


On October 3, 2017, the Hungarian Parliament passed a resolution to rename Csongrád County to Csongrád-Csanád County, which took effect on June 4, 2020.[2] The resolution was submitted by János Lázár, then-Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, who called the renaming symbolic as more than a dozen settlements in the area still share Csanád County's identity.[3]


This county has a total area of 4,263 km2 (1,646 sq mi) – 4,58% of Hungary.

The area of Csongrád-Csanád County is flat. It has a high number of sunshine hours and excellent soil, which makes it the most important agricultural area of Hungary. Its most famous products are paprika from Szeged and onions from Makó, but grain, vegetables, and fruits are also significant. Half of the onions, paprika, and vegetables produced in Hungary are from Csongrád-Csanád. The county is also rich in oil and natural gas.

The highest point is Ásotthalom (125 m), the lowest is Gyálarét (78 m; lowest point of Hungary).



Religion in Csongrád-Csanád County (2011 census)

  Catholic Church (39.4%)
  Calvinism (7.0%)
  Lutheranism (0.8%)
  Orthodoxy (0.2%)
  Judaism (0.1%)
  Other religions (1.7%)
  Non-religious (21.8%)
  Atheists (1.6%)
  Undeclared (27.0%)

After the end of the Ottoman occupation in 1715, the county was nearly uninhabited, with a population density of less than 5/km2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the county was repopulated by ethnic Hungarians from the relatively overpopulated northern and western counties of the Kingdom of Hungary.[4] According to the 2001 census, the county is home for 423,826 people (216,936 people live in urban counties) with a population density is 100/km2. It has a Hungarian majority.[5]

In 2015, it had a population of 406,205 and the population density was 95/km².

Year County population[6] Change
1949 429,083 n/a
1960 Increase 434,046 1.16%
1970 Increase 445,220 2.57%
1980 Increase 456,300 (record) 2.49%
1990 Decrease 438,842 -3.83%
2001 Decrease 433,344 -1.25%
2011 Decrease 417,456 -3.67%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 5,000), Romanian (1,500), German (1,300) and Serb (1,300).

Total population (2011 census): 417,456
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[7] Identified themselves: 367,193 persons:

  • Hungarians: 355,554 (96.83%)
  • Gypsies: 4,720 (1.29%)
  • Others and indefinable: 6,919 (1.88%)

Approximately 59,000 persons in Csongrád-Csanád County did not declare their ethnic group on the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the county according to the 2011 census:[8]

Regional structure[edit]

District of Csongrád-Csanád County
English and
Hungarian names
Seat № of
1 Csongrád District
Csongrádi járás
339.24 22,996 68 Csongrád (town) 4
2 Hódmezővásárhely District
Hódmezővásárhelyi járás
707.77 56,560 80 Hódmezővásárhely 4
3 Kistelek District
Kisteleki járás
410.20 18,185 44 Kistelek 6
4 Makó District
Makói járás
688.85 45,138 66 Makó 15
5 Mórahalom District
Mórahalmi járás
561.71 28,986 52 Mórahalom 10
6 Szeged District
Szegedi járás
741.10 204,263 276 Szeged 13
7 Szentes District
Szentesi járás
813.84 41,328 51 Szentes 8
Csongrád-Csanád County 4,262.71 417,456 98 Szeged 60


Road network[edit]

M5 motorway near Röszke.
Main road 45 near Szentes.

In 2012, Csongrád-Csanád County had a dense network of public roads, in total length of 1,350 km, of which 281 km were main roads.[9] Inland, connections were provided by 1,049 km of county and communal roads and 20 km were covered with light road surfaces.

Highway network
Road network


County Assembly[edit]

The Csongrád-Csanád County Council, elected at the 2019 local government elections, is made up of 20 counselors,[10] with the following party composition:

Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 12                        
  Hungarian Socialist Party 2                        
  Jobbik 2                        
  Our Homeland Movement 2                        
  Democratic Coalition 1                        
  Momentum Movement 1                        

Presidents of the County Assembly[edit]

President[11] Terminus
István Lehmann (MSZP) 1990–1998
Dr. József Frank (Fidesz) 1998–2006
Anna Magyar (Fidesz-KDNP) 2006–2014
Béla Kakas (Fidesz-KDNP) 2014–

Members of the National Assembly[edit]

The following members elected of the National Assembly during the 2022 parliamentary election:[12]

Constituency Member Party
Csongrád-Csanád County 1st constituency Sándor Szabó MSZP
Csongrád-Csanád County 2nd constituency Béla Mihálffy Fidesz–KDNP
Csongrád-Csanád County 3rd constituency Sándor Farkas Fidesz–KDNP
Csongrád-Csanád County 4th constituency János Lázár Fidesz–KDNP


Csongrád-Csanád County has 2 urban counties, 8 towns, 7 large villages and 43 villages.

As a typical Great Plain county, Csongrád-Csanád has a relatively small number of municipalities. 72.5% of the population lives in cities/towns, so it is one of the most urbanized county in Hungary.[13]

Cities with county rights

(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)


Red pog.svg municipalities are large villages.



  1. ^ nepesseg.com, population data of Hungarians settlements
  2. ^ Harmat Árpád, Péter (October 5, 2017). "Csongrád - Csanád megye, az új elnevezés védelmében". Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Új neve van Csongrád megyének". HVG. October 3, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Changing ethnicities in Hungary (map+data+assay) (Károly Kocsis, Zsolt Bottlik, MTA Földrajztudományi Kutatóintézet, Budapest 2009, ISBN 978-963-9545-18-2, ISBN 978-963-9545-19-9)
  5. ^ Csongrád county (2001 census), English
  6. ^ népesség.com, "Csongrád megye népessége 1870-2015"
  7. ^ 1.1.6. A népesség anyanyelv, nemzetiség és nemek szerint – Frissítve: 2013.04.17.; Hungarian Central Statistical Office (in Hungarian)
  8. ^ 2011. ÉVI NÉPSZÁMLÁLÁS, 3. Területi adatok, 3.6 Csongrád megye, (in Hungarian) [1] Archived 2017-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Csongrád Megyei Terület fejlesztési Koncepció" (PDF) (in Hungarian). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Megyei közgyűlés tagjai 2019-2024 (Csongrád megye)". valasztas.hu. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. ^ Önkormányzati választások eredményei (in Hungarian)
  12. ^ "Csongrád-Csanád megye parlamenti képviselői (Parlamenti Információs Rendszer 2022-)" (in Hungarian). Hungarian National Assembly.
  13. ^ List of localities in Csongrád county by area, population and status (2001 census), English

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°25′N 20°15′E / 46.417°N 20.250°E / 46.417; 20.250