Żary County (Polish: powiat żarski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lubusz Voivodeship, western Poland, on the German 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 largest town is Żary, which lies 43 km (27 mi) south-west of Zielona Góra and 123 km (76 mi) south of Gorzów Wielkopolski. The county contains three other towns: Lubsko, lying 21 km (13 mi) north-west of Żary, Jasień, lying 16 km (10 mi) north-west of Żary, and Łęknica, 30 km (19 mi) west of Żary.
|Coordinates (Żary): Coordinates:|
|• Total||1,393.49 km2 (538.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||69/km2 (180/sq mi)|
The county covers an area of 1,393.49 square kilometres (538.0 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 96,496, out of which the population of Żary is 37,502, that of Lubsko is 13,921, that of Jasień is 4,309, that of Łęknica is 2,478, and the rural population is 38,286.
Żary County is bordered by Krosno Odrzańskie County to the north, Zielona Góra County to the north-east, Żagań County to the east and Zgorzelec County to the south. It also borders the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg to the west.
The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (two urban, two urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Lipinki Łużyckie||rural||88.6||3,366||Lipinki Łużyckie|
|* seat not part of the gmina|
- "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-03-23.