Ełk County

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Ełk County
Powiat ełcki
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Ełk): 53°49′17″N 22°21′44″E / 53.82139°N 22.36222°E / 53.82139; 22.36222Coordinates: 53°49′17″N 22°21′44″E / 53.82139°N 22.36222°E / 53.82139; 22.36222
Country Poland
 • Total1,111.87 km2 (429.30 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total84,760
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Urban56,156
 • Rural28,604
Car platesNEL

Ełk County (Polish: powiat ełcki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, northern 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 Ełk, which lies 123 kilometres (76 mi) east of the regional capital Olsztyn.

The county covers an area of 1,111.87 square kilometres (429.3 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 84,760, out of which the population of Ełk is 56,156 and the rural population is 28,604.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Ełk County is bordered by Olecko County to the north, Suwałki County to the north-east, Augustów County to the east, Grajewo County to the south, and Pisz County and Giżycko County to the west.

Administrative division[edit]

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

Gmina Type Area
Ełk urban 21.1 56,156  
Gmina Ełk rural 378.6 10,148 Ełk *
Gmina Prostki rural 230.5 7,439 Prostki
Gmina Kalinowo rural 285.2 7,011 Kalinowo
Gmina Stare Juchy rural 196.6 4,006 Stare Juchy
* seat not part of the gmina