Puck County

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Puck County
Powiat pucki
Flag of Puck County
Coat of arms of Puck County
Coat of arms
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Puck): 54°42′N 18°24′E / 54.700°N 18.400°E / 54.700; 18.400Coordinates: 54°42′N 18°24′E / 54.700°N 18.400°E / 54.700; 18.400
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Pomeranian
Seat Puck
 • Total 577.85 km2 (223.11 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 74,196
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Urban 34,152
 • Rural 40,044
Car plates GPU
Website http://www.starostwo.puck.pl

Puck County (Polish: powiat pucki, Kashubian: pùcczi pòwiat) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland, on the Baltic coast. The powiat of this name existed in the history of Poland, since the times of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth up to 1795, and then reintroduced in 1999.

Modern Puck County[edit]

The modern Puck County 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 Puck, which lies 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the regional capital Gdańsk. The county contains three other towns: Władysławowo, 16 km (10 mi) north of Puck, Jastarnia, 18 km (11 mi) east of Puck, and Hel, 29 km (18 mi) east of Puck, at the tip of the Hel Peninsula.

The county covers an area of 577.85 square kilometres (223.1 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 74,196, out of which the population of Władysławowo is 14,892, that of Puck is 11,329, that of Jastarnia is 4,033, that of Hel is 3,898, and the rural population is 40,044.

Puck County on a map of the counties of Pomeranian Voivodeship

Puck County is bordered by the city of Gdynia to the south and Wejherowo County to the south-west. It also borders the Bay of Puck to the east and the Baltic Sea to the north.

Administrative division[edit]

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

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Puck rural 243.3 21,868 Puck *
Gmina Władysławowo urban-rural 38.4 14,892 Władysławowo
Puck urban 4.9 11,329  
Gmina Krokowa rural 211.8 10,089 Krokowa
Gmina Kosakowo rural 47.4 8,087 Kosakowo
Jastarnia urban 8.0 4,033  
Hel urban 21.3 3,898  
* seat not part of the gmina