Będzin County

Będzin County (Polish: powiat będziński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Silesian 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 and largest town is Będzin, which lies 13 kilometres (8 mi) north-east of the regional capital Katowice. The county contains four other towns: Czeladź, 3 km (2 mi) west of Będzin, Wojkowice, 7 km (4 mi) north-west of Będzin, Sławków, 20 km (12 mi) east of Będzin, and Siewierz, 18 km (11 mi) north-east of Będzin.

Będzin County
Powiat będziński
Flag of Będzin County
Coat of arms of Będzin County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Będzin): 50°20′N 19°7′E / 50.333°N 19.117°E / 50.333; 19.117Coordinates: 50°20′N 19°7′E / 50.333°N 19.117°E / 50.333; 19.117
Country Poland
VoivodeshipSilesian
SeatBędzin
Gminas
Area
 • Total368.02 km2 (142.09 sq mi)
Population
 (2019-06-30[1])
 • Total148,516
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • Urban
109,694
 • Rural
38,822
Car platesSBE
Websitehttp://www.starostwo.bedzin.pl

The town of Sławków, which became part of Będzin County in 2002 when it was transferred from Lesser Poland Voivodeship to Silesian Voivodeship, forms an exclave. It is separated from the rest of the county by the cities of Dąbrowa Górnicza and Sosnowiec.

The county covers an area of 368.02 square kilometres (142.1 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 148,516. The most populated towns are Będzin with 56,624 inhabitants, Czeladź with 31,545 inhabitants and Wojkowice with 8,927 inhabitants.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Będzin County is bordered by Myszków County to the north, Zawiercie County to the north-east, the city of Dąbrowa Górnicza and (through Sławków) Olkusz County to the east, the city of Sosnowiec to the south, the cities of Siemianowice Śląskie and Piekary Śląskie to the west, and Tarnowskie Góry County to the north-west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
(km2)
Population
(2019)
Seat
Będzin urban 37.1 56,624  
Czeladź urban 16.6 31,545  
Gmina Siewierz urban-rural 115.8 12,460 Siewierz
Gmina Psary rural 46.0 12,190 Psary
Gmina Bobrowniki rural 52.0 12,077 Bobrowniki
Wojkowice urban 12.8 8,927  
Gmina Mierzęcice rural 51.3 7,676 Mierzęcice
Sławków urban 36.6 7,017  

ReferencesEdit

  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.