Rybnik Coal Area

Rybnik Coal Area (Polish: Rybnicki Okręg Węglowy, ROW ) is an industrial region in southern Poland.[1] It is located in the Silesian Voivodeship,[1] in a basin between the Vistula and Oder rivers, sited on the Rybnik Plateau (Polish: Płaskowyż Rybnicki) between Katowice (Upper-Silesian Metropolis) to the north and Ostrava on the south-west. Part a Silesian metropolitan area populated by 5,294,000 people[2] and Silesian metropolitan region populated by about 7 million. According to scientific description by Paweł Swianiewicz and Urszula Klimska this area have 507,000 people,[3] according to European Spatial Planning Observation Network - 634,000 people (525,000[2] + 109,000[2] by Racibórz). Area: about 1,300 km².[1]

Main cities

Adjacent main cities and statistics (30.06.2009):[4]

City / TownPopulationArea (km2)Density (km−2)
Wodzisław Śląski49,38649.62995.2


Adjacent county (powiat) and statistics (30.06.2009):[4]

CountyPopulationArea (km2)Density (km2)
Wodzisław County155,733286.92541.0
Rybnik city-county141,387148.36952.9
Racibórz County110,557543.98204.9
Jastrzębie-Zdrój city-county93,45588.621,054.5
Rybnik County[5]74,331224.63327.3
Żory city-county61,98264.59959.6

See also

External links


  1. 1 2 3 (Polish) "Rybnicki Okręg Węglowy" - PWN Encyclopedia
  2. 1 2 3 European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON)
  3. "Społeczne i polityczne zróżnicowanie aglomeracji w Polsce" - Paweł Swianiewicz, Urszula Klimska; University of Warsaw 2005
  4. 1 2 "Population. Size and structure by territorial division" - Central Statistical Office of Poland, 2009, ISSN 1734-6118
  5. Gmina Czerwionka-Leszczyny in Rybnik County membership in the Rybnik Coal Area is controversial because it lies on the border Rybnik area and Upper Silesian Industrial Region and can be considered as part of Upper Silesian Industrial Region.

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