Skarżysko County

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Skarżysko County
Powiat skarżyski
Flag of Skarżysko County
Coat of arms of Skarżysko County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Skarżysko-Kamienna): 51°7′N 20°55′E / 51.117°N 20.917°E / 51.117; 20.917Coordinates: 51°7′N 20°55′E / 51.117°N 20.917°E / 51.117; 20.917
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Świętokrzyskie
Seat Skarżysko-Kamienna
 • Total 395.30 km2 (152.63 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 80,024
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
 • Urban 58,042
 • Rural 21,982
Car plates TSK

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.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Skarżysko County is bordered by Szydłowiec County to the north, Starachowice County to the east, Kielce County to the south and Końskie County to the west.

Administrative division[edit]

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 Type Area
Skarżysko-Kamienna urban 64.2 49,131  
Gmina Suchedniów urban-rural 74.9 10,843 Suchedniów
Gmina Bliżyn rural 141.1 8,617 Bliżyn
Gmina Skarżysko Kościelne rural 53.2 6,188 Skarżysko Kościelne
Gmina Łączna rural 61.7 5,245 Łączna

Territorial changes[edit]

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.