Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
|Coordinates (Wadowice): 49°53′N 19°30′E / 49.883°N 19.500°ECoordinates: 49°53′N 19°30′E / 49.883°N 19.500°E|
|• Total||645.74 km2 (249.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||240/km2 (620/sq mi)|
Wadowice County (Polish: powiat wadowicki) 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 town of Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, which lies 38 kilometres (24 mi) south-west of the regional capital Kraków. The county also contains the towns of Andrychów, lying 13 km (8 mi) west of Wadowice, and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 14 km (9 mi) east of Wadowice.
The county covers an area of 645.74 square kilometres (249.3 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 154,304, out of which the population of Andrychów is 21,691, that of Wadowice is 19,149, that of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is 4,503, and the rural population is 108,961.
Wadowice County is bordered by Chrzanów County to the north, Kraków County and Myślenice County to the east, Sucha County to the south, Żywiec County to the south-west, Bielsko County to the west, and Oświęcim County to the north-west.
The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (three urban-rural and seven rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Kalwaria Zebrzydowska||urban-rural||75.3||19,210||Kalwaria Zebrzydowska|