Gliwice County

Gliwice County
Powiat gliwicki


Coat of arms

Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Coordinates (Gliwice): 50°17′N 18°40′E / 50.283°N 18.667°E / 50.283; 18.667Coordinates: 50°17′N 18°40′E / 50.283°N 18.667°E / 50.283; 18.667
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
Seat Gliwice
  Total 663.35 km2 (256.12 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 114,963
  Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
  Urban 64,519
  Rural 50,444
Car plates SGL

Gliwice County (Polish: powiat gliwicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the city of Gliwice, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains four towns: Knurów, 8 km (5 mi) south of Gliwice, Pyskowice, 12 km (7 mi) north of Gliwice, Toszek, 22 km (14 mi) north-west of Gliwice, and Sośnicowice, 10 km (6 mi) west of Gliwice.

The county covers an area of 663.35 square kilometres (256.1 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 114,963, out of which the population of Knurów is 39,823, that of Pyskowice is 19,127, that of Toszek is 3,822, that of Sośnicowice is 1,747, and the rural population is 50,444.

Neighbouring counties

Apart from the city of Gliwice, Gliwice County is also bordered by Tarnowskie Góry County to the north-east, the city of Zabrze to the east, Mikołów County and the city of Ruda Śląska to the south-east, Rybnik County and the city of Rybnik to the south, Racibórz County to the south-west, Kędzierzyn-Koźle County to the west, and Strzelce County to the north-west.

Administrative division

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

Gmina Type Area
Knurów urban 34.0 39,823  
Pyskowice urban 31.1 19,127  
Gmina Gierałtowice rural 39.0 10,680 Gierałtowice
Gmina Rudziniec rural 160.4 10,644 Rudziniec
Gmina Pilchowice rural 67.5 10,265 Pilchowice
Gmina Toszek urban-rural 98.5 10,204 Toszek
Gmina Sośnicowice urban-rural 116.2 8,249 Sośnicowice
Gmina Wielowieś rural 116.6 5,971 Wielowieś


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