Pest County

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Pest County
Landscapes of Vác Landscapes of Kemence
Descending, from top: the Börzsöny Mountain in Nagybörzsöny village, landscapes of Vác, and landscapes of Kemence
Flag of Pest County
Coat of arms of Pest County
Coat of arms
Location of Pest County
Country Hungary
Region Central Hungary
County seat Budapest
 • Total 6,393.14 km2 (2,468.41 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 1,217,476
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pesti
ISO 3166 code HU-P

Pest County (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈpɛʃt]) is a county (megye) in central Hungary. It covers an area of 6,393.14 square kilometres (2,468.41 sq mi), and has a population of 1,213,090 (2009). It surrounds the national capital Budapest and the majority of the county's population (65.2%/790,995 in 2009) live in the suburbs of Budapest. It shares borders with Slovakia and the Hungarian counties Nógrád, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Bács-Kiskun, Fejér and Komárom-Esztergom. The River Danube flows through the county. The capital of Pest County is Budapest (administratively separate), but it is planned to completely separate the capital from the county at least until 2020, as it loses catch-up aids from the European Union because of the high development of Budapest.


The present county Pest was formed after World War II, when the former county Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun was split in two parts (the other part is within present-day Bács-Kiskun). Pest County also existed in the early days of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary (11th century). Its territory comprised approximately the north-eastern part of present Pest County. It was combined with adjacent Pilis county before the 15th century. More information can be found at the entry of former Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun county.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1870 330,089 —    
1880 353,851 +7.2%
1890 395,142 +11.7%
1900 450,136 +13.9%
1910 524,320 +16.5%
1920 571,753 +9.0%
1930 633,257 +10.8%
1941 682,696 +7.8%
1949 686,953 +0.6%
1960 781,505 +13.8%
1970 878,644 +12.4%
1980 973,830 +10.8%
1990 949,842 −2.5%
2001 1,083,877 +14.1%
2011 1,217,476 +12.3%

Ethnic groups (2001 census):

Religions (2001 census):

Regional structure[edit]

City with county's rights[edit]

  • Érd (65,043) (since 2011)


(ordered by population, as of 2001)



Coordinates: 47°25′N 19°20′E / 47.417°N 19.333°E / 47.417; 19.333