Siemiatycze County

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Siemiatycze County
Powiat siemiatycki
Flag of Siemiatycze County
Coat of arms of Siemiatycze County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Siemiatycze): 52°25′38″N 22°51′45″E / 52.42722°N 22.86250°E / 52.42722; 22.86250Coordinates: 52°25′38″N 22°51′45″E / 52.42722°N 22.86250°E / 52.42722; 22.86250
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Podlaskie
Seat Siemiatycze
 • Total 1,459.58 km2 (563.55 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 48,603
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
 • Urban 17,255
 • Rural 31,348
Car plates BSI

Siemiatycze County (Polish: powiat siemiatycki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Podlaskie Voivodeship, north-eastern Poland, on the border with Belarus. 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 Siemiatycze, which lies 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of the regional capital Białystok. The only other town in the county is Drohiczyn, lying 15 km (9 mi) west of Siemiatycze.

The county covers an area of 1,459.58 square kilometres (563.5 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 48,603, out of which the population of Siemiatycze is 15,169, that of Drohiczyn is 2,086, and the rural population is 31,348.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Siemiatycze County is bordered by Biała Podlaska County and Łosice County to the south, Siedlce County to the south-west, Sokołów County to the west, Wysokie Mazowieckie County and Bielsk County to the north, and Hajnówka County to the north-east. It also borders Belarus to the east.

Administrative division[edit]

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

Gmina Type Area
Siemiatycze urban 36.3 15,169  
Gmina Drohiczyn urban-rural 208.0 6,815 Drohiczyn
Gmina Siemiatycze rural 227.1 6,451 Siemiatycze *
Gmina Grodzisk rural 203.2 4,596 Grodzisk
Gmina Nurzec-Stacja rural 215.0 4,460 Nurzec-Stacja
Gmina Perlejewo rural 106.3 3,149 Perlejewo
Gmina Dziadkowice rural 115.7 3,058 Dziadkowice
Gmina Mielnik rural 196.2 2,696 Mielnik
Gmina Milejczyce rural 151.8 2,209 Milejczyce
* seat not part of the gmina