Kraków County

Kraków County
Powiat krakowski


Coat of arms

Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Kraków): 50°3′41″N 19°56′18″E / 50.06139°N 19.93833°E / 50.06139; 19.93833Coordinates: 50°3′41″N 19°56′18″E / 50.06139°N 19.93833°E / 50.06139; 19.93833
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lesser Poland
Seat Kraków
  Total 1,229.62 km2 (474.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 244,970
  Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
  Urban 43,758
  Rural 201,212
Car plates KRA

Kraków County (Polish: powiat krakowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland 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 Kraków, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains five towns: Skawina, 12 km (7 mi) south-west of Kraków, Krzeszowice, 24 km (15 mi) west of Kraków, Słomniki, 24 km (15 mi) north-east of Kraków, Skała, 20 km (12 mi) north of Kraków, and Świątniki Górne, 15 km (9 mi) south of Kraków.

The county covers an area of 1,229.62 square kilometres (474.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 244,970, out of which the population of Skawina is 23,691, that of Krzeszowice is 9,942, that of Słomniki is 4,331, that of Skała is 3,693, that of Świątniki Górne is 2,101, and the rural population is 201,212.

Neighbouring counties

Apart from the city of Kraków, Kraków County is also bordered by Miechów County to the north, Proszowice County and Bochnia County to the east, Wieliczka County to the south-east, Myślenice County to the south, Wadowice County and Chrzanów County to the west, and Olkusz County to the north-west.

Administrative division

The county is subdivided into 17 gminas (five urban-rural and 12 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Skawina urban-rural 100.2 41,445 Skawina
Gmina Krzeszowice urban-rural 139.4 31,418 Krzeszowice
Gmina Zabierzów rural 99.6 22,387 Zabierzów
Gmina Zielonki rural 48.4 15,740 Zielonki
Gmina Liszki rural 72.0 15,636 Liszki
Gmina Słomniki urban-rural 111.4 13,589 Słomniki
Gmina Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca rural 82.5 13,199 Luborzyca
Gmina Czernichów rural 83.8 12,851 Czernichów
Gmina Mogilany rural 43.6 11,141 Mogilany
Gmina Jerzmanowice-Przeginia rural 68.4 10,432 Jerzmanowice
Gmina Skała urban-rural 74.3 9,635 Skała
Gmina Wielka Wieś rural 48.1 9,316 Wielka Wieś
Gmina Świątniki Górne urban-rural 20.2 8,619 Świątniki Górne
Gmina Iwanowice rural 70.6 8,292 Iwanowice
Gmina Michałowice rural 51.3 7,729 Michałowice
Gmina Igołomia-Wawrzeńczyce rural 62.6 7,661 Wawrzeńczyce
Gmina Sułoszowa rural 53.4 5,880 Sułoszowa


Kraków's county's symbols can be blazoned as follows:

Coat of arms: A traditional Iberian shield gules, an eagle head argent erased beaked, langued and crowned Or.

Flag: Per fess argent and gules, a narrow fess Or, overall and occupying 3/5 of the flag's height the county's coat of arms.


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