Sarnitsa, Pazardzhik Province

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Sarnitsa is located in Bulgaria
Location of Sarnitsa, Bulgaria
Coordinates: 41°44′N 24°2′E / 41.733°N 24.033°E / 41.733; 24.033
 • MayorMehmed Karamolla
Elevation1,250 m (4,100 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total3,579
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Postal Code4633
Area code(s)03547
Website second website:
The town of Sarnitsa as viewed from the opposite bank of the Dospat Dam.

Sarnitsa (also transcribed Surnica, Bulgarian: Сърница) is a small town in the Pazardzhik Province, southern Bulgaria. As of 2006 it has 3 607 inhabitants. It gained its town status on 16 September 2003 and since January 2015 forms the administrative centre of the homonymous Sarnitsa Municipality. Located deep in the Rhodope mountains among remote virgin forests, the town has preserved its authentic atmosphere and old architecture and is a growing tourist centre, serving visitors of the Dospat Dam and surrounding forests.

The city has 3,452 inhabitants in 2016, down from 3,579 in Bulgarian census of 2011. Most inhabitants are ethnic Bulgarians and their main religion is Islam. That means that Sarnitsa is a predominantly Pomak settlement. The city has a ageing age structure: most inhabitants, 635 people in total, are between the ages of 40-49. Children up to 14 years make up 15,2% of the population, while elderly form about 11,2% of the total population. There are about sixty inhabitants living in Sarnitsa who are 80 years or older.

Coordinates: 41°44′N 24°02′E / 41.733°N 24.033°E / 41.733; 24.033