Pisz County

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Pisz County
Powiat piski
Flag of Pisz County
Coat of arms of Pisz County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Pisz): 53°37′N 21°48′E / 53.617°N 21.800°E / 53.617; 21.800Coordinates: 53°37′N 21°48′E / 53.617°N 21.800°E / 53.617; 21.800
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
Seat Pisz
 • Total 1,776.17 km2 (685.78 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 57,553
 • Density 32/km2 (84/sq mi)
 • Urban 34,036
 • Rural 23,517
Car plates NPI
Website powiat.pisz.pl

Pisz County (Polish: powiat piski) 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 largest town is Pisz, which lies 88 kilometres (55 mi) east of the regional capital Olsztyn. The county contains three other towns: Orzysz, 24 km (15 mi) north-east of Pisz, Ruciane-Nida, 17 km (11 mi) west of Pisz, and Biała Piska, 18 km (11 mi) east of Pisz.

The county covers an area of 1,776.17 square kilometres (685.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 57,553, out of which the population of Pisz is 19,332, that of Orzysz is 5,804, that of Ruciane-Nida is 4,894, that of Biała Piska is 4,006, and the rural population is 23,517.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Pisz County is bordered by Giżycko County to the north, Ełk County and Grajewo County to the east, Kolno County and Ostrołęka County to the south, Szczytno County to the west, and Mrągowo County to the north-west.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is subdivided into four gminas (all urban-rural, centred on the four towns). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Pisz urban-rural 634.8 27,224 Pisz
Gmina Biała Piska urban-rural 420.1 12,135 Biała Piska
Gmina Orzysz urban-rural 363.5 9,567 Orzysz
Gmina Ruciane-Nida urban-rural 357.7 8,627 Ruciane-Nida