Drawsko County

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Drawsko County
Powiat drawski
Flag of Drawsko County
Coat of arms of Drawsko County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Drawsko Pomorskie): 53°32′N 15°48′E / 53.533°N 15.800°E / 53.533; 15.800Coordinates: 53°32′N 15°48′E / 53.533°N 15.800°E / 53.533; 15.800
Country  Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian
Seat Drawsko Pomorskie
 • Total 1,764.21 km2 (681.17 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 58,062
 • Density 33/km2 (85/sq mi)
 • Urban 35,764
 • Rural 22,309
Car plates ZDR
Website http://www.powiatdrawski.pl

Drawsko County (Polish: powiat drawski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-western 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 town of Drawsko Pomorskie, which lies 82 kilometres (51 mi) east of the regional capital Szczecin. The county contains three other towns: Złocieniec, 15 km (9 mi) east of Drawsko Pomorskie, Czaplinek, 29 km (18 mi) east of Drawsko Pomorskie, and Kalisz Pomorski, 29 km (18 mi) south of Drawsko Pomorskie.

The county covers an area of 1,764.21 square kilometres (681.2 sq mi). As of 2015 its total population is 58,062, out of which the population of Złocieniec is 13,377, that of Drawsko Pomorskie is 11,465, that of Czaplinek is 6,933, that of Kalisz Pomorski is 3,989, and the rural population is 22,309.

The eastern part of the county contains part of the protected area known as Drawsko Landscape Park.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Drawsko County is bordered by Świdwin County to the north, Szczecinek County and Złotów County to the east, Wałcz County to the south-east, Choszczno County to the south, Stargard County to the west, and Łobez County to the north-west.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is subdivided into six gminas (four urban-rural and two rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Drawsko Pomorskie urban-rural 344.8 16,537 Drawsko Pomorskie
Gmina Złocieniec urban-rural 194.5 15,571 Złocieniec
Gmina Czaplinek urban-rural 364.7 11,795 Czaplinek
Gmina Kalisz Pomorski urban-rural 480.5 7,150 Kalisz Pomorski
Gmina Wierzchowo rural 229.3 4,489 Wierzchowo
Gmina Ostrowice rural 150.4 2,531 Ostrowice