Żywiec County

Żywiec County (Polish: powiat żywiecki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland, on the Slovak 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 only town is Żywiec, which lies 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of the regional capital Katowice.

Żywiec County
Powiat żywiecki
Coat of arms of Żywiec County
Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Location within Silesian Voivodeship
Coordinates (Żywiec): 49°41′21″N 19°12′21″E / 49.68917°N 19.20583°E / 49.68917; 19.20583Coordinates: 49°41′21″N 19°12′21″E / 49.68917°N 19.20583°E / 49.68917; 19.20583
Country Poland
 • Total1,039.96 km2 (401.53 sq mi)
 • Total152,877
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesSZY

The county covers an area of 1,039.96 square kilometres (401.5 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 152,877, out of which the population of Żywiec is 31,194 and the rural population is 121,683.

The county includes part of the protected area known as Żywiec Landscape Park.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Żywiec County is bordered by Cieszyn County to the west, the city of Bielsko-Biała and Bielsko County to the north, Wadowice County to the north-east, and Sucha County to the east. It also borders Slovakia to the south.

Administrative divisionEdit

The county is subdivided into 15 gminas (one urban and 14 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Żywiec urban 50.6 31,194  
Gmina Węgierska Górka rural 77.1 15,073 Węgierska Górka
Gmina Łodygowice rural 35.2 14,495 Łodygowice
Gmina Jeleśnia rural 170.5 13,283 Jeleśnia
Gmina Radziechowy-Wieprz rural 65.9 13,105 Wieprz
Gmina Lipowa rural 58.1 10,803 Lipowa
Gmina Milówka rural 98.3 10,052 Milówka
Gmina Rajcza rural 131.2 8,835 Rajcza
Gmina Świnna rural 39.4 8,084 Świnna
Gmina Czernichów rural 56.3 6,774 Czernichów
Gmina Gilowice rural 28.2 6,242 Gilowice
Gmina Łękawica rural 42.2 4,557 Łękawica
Gmina Ujsoły rural 110.0 4,466 Ujsoły
Gmina Ślemień rural 45.9 3,526 Ślemień
Gmina Koszarawa rural 31.2 2,388 Koszarawa


  1. ^ "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 2020-02-14.