Location within the voivodeship
|Coordinates (Skarżysko-Kamienna): Coordinates:|
|• Total||395.30 km2 (152.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
Skarżysko County (Polish: powiat skarżyski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, south-central 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 Skarżysko-Kamienna, which lies 34 kilometres (21 mi) north-east of the regional capital Kielce. The only other town in the county is Suchedniów, lying 10 km (6 mi) south-west of Skarżysko-Kamienna.
The county covers an area of 395.30 square kilometres (152.6 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 80,024, out of which the population of Skarżysko-Kamienna is 49,131, that of Suchedniów is 8,911, and the rural population is 21,982.
The county is subdivided into five gminas (one urban, one urban-rural and three rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Skarżysko Kościelne||rural||53.2||6,188||Skarżysko Kościelne|
As of 2006, Skarżysko County has undergone three territorial changes since its creation in 1999 – several villages from neighbouring counties have been incorporated:
- 2000: Pogorzałe and Książece from Szydłowiec County, until then separate villages, became districts of Skarżysko-Kamienna.
- 2001: Majków and Michałów from Starachowice County became part of Gmina Skarżysko Kościelne.
- 2004: Kierz Niedźwiedzi from Szydłowiec County became part of Gmina Skarżysko Kościelne.