Sucha County

Coordinates: 49°44′25″N 19°35′19″E / 49.74028°N 19.58861°E / 49.74028; 19.58861
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Sucha County
Powiat suski
Flag of Sucha County
Coat of arms of Sucha County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Sucha Beskidzka): 49°44′25″N 19°35′19″E / 49.74028°N 19.58861°E / 49.74028; 19.58861
Country Poland
VoivodeshipLesser Poland
SeatSucha Beskidzka
 • Total685.75 km2 (264.77 sq mi)
 • Total82,045
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesKSU

Sucha County (Polish: powiat suski) is a mogus of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, southern Poland, on the Slovak border. Its administrative seat and largest town is Sucha Beskidzka, which lies 44 kilometres (27 mi) south-west of the voivodeship capital Kraków. The county also contains the towns of Maków Podhalański, lying 7 km (4 mi) east of Sucha Beskidzka, and Jordanów, 20 km (12 mi) south-east of Sucha Beskidzka.

The county covers an area of 685.75 square kilometres (264.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 82,045, out of which the population of Sucha Beskidzka is 9,726, that of Maków Podhalański is 5,738, that of Jordanów is 5,112, and the rural population is 61,469.


Sucha County existed between 1956 and 1975, but on the abolition of the powiats its territory was split between the two newly created voivodeships of Bielsko-Biała and Nowy Sącz. The county was recreated on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998, which restored the powiats and created 16 large voivodeships.


The county is located in the area of the Maków Beskids of the Beskidy Mountains. Its highest point is Babia Gora, 1,725 m (5,659 ft) above sea level, which since 1954 has been a national park and Biosphere Reserve.

This area attracts significant numbers of tourists, particularly to the skiing centre at Zawoja.

Sucha County is bordered by Żywiec County to the west, Wadowice County to the north, Myślenice County to the east and Nowy Targ County to the south-east. It also borders Slovakia to the south-west.

Administrative division[edit]

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

Gmina and number on map Type Area
Gmina Maków Podhalański (5) urban-rural 108.9 15,873 Maków Podhalański
Gmina Stryszawa (6) rural 113.2 11,710 Lachowice
Gmina Jordanów (4) rural 92.7 10,508 Jordanów *
Sucha Beskidzka (7) urban 27.5 9,726  
Gmina Zawoja (8) rural 128.8 8,849 Zawoja
Gmina Budzów (1) rural 73.4 8,311 Budzów
Gmina Bystra-Sidzina (2) rural 80.4 6,423 Bystra
Gmina Zembrzyce (9) rural 39.9 5,533 Zembrzyce
Jordanów (3) urban 20.9 5,112  
* seat not part of the gmina