Żywiec County

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Żywiec County
Powiat żywiecki

Coat of arms

Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Coordinates (Żywiec): 49°41′21″N 19°12′21″E / 49.68917°N 19.20583°E / 49.68917; 19.20583Coordinates: 49°41′21″N 19°12′21″E / 49.68917°N 19.20583°E / 49.68917; 19.20583
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
Seat Żywiec
  Total 1,039.96 km2 (401.53 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 149,492
  Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
  Urban 32,078
  Rural 117,414
Car plates SZY
Website http://www.starostwo.zywiec.pl/

Żywiec County (Polish: powiat żywiecki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland, on the Slovak border. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and only town is Żywiec, which lies 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of the regional capital Katowice.

The county covers an area of 1,039.96 square kilometres (401.5 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 149,492, out of which the population of Żywiec is 32,078 and the rural population is 117,414.

The county includes part of the protected area known as Żywiec Landscape Park.

Neighbouring counties

Żywiec County is bordered by Cieszyn County to the west, the city of Bielsko-Biała and Bielsko County to the north, Wadowice County to the north-east, and Sucha County to the east. It also borders Slovakia to the south.

Administrative division

The county is subdivided into 15 gminas (one urban and 14 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Żywiec urban 50.6 32,078  
Gmina Węgierska Górka rural 77.1 14,640 Węgierska Górka
Gmina Jeleśnia rural 170.5 13,456 Jeleśnia
Gmina Łodygowice rural 35.2 13,348 Łodygowice
Gmina Radziechowy-Wieprz rural 65.9 12,385 Wieprz
Gmina Milówka rural 98.3 9,965 Milówka
Gmina Lipowa rural 58.1 9,681 Lipowa
Gmina Rajcza rural 131.2 9,049 Rajcza
Gmina Świnna rural 39.4 7,856 Świnna
Gmina Czernichów rural 56.3 6,527 Czernichów
Gmina Gilowice rural 28.2 5,667 Gilowice
Gmina Ujsoły rural 110.0 4,649 Ujsoły
Gmina Łękawica rural 42.2 4,276 Łękawica
Gmina Ślemień rural 45.9 3,422 Ślemień
Gmina Koszarawa rural 31.2 2,493 Koszarawa


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