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The town is situated on the north-western side of the county, at a 43 km (27 mi) distance from Arad, the county seat. The administrative territory stretches over 119 km2 (46 sq mi) on the Crișul Alb Plateau, on both sides of the Crișul Alb River. The town was formed by merging the villages of Chișineu Mic and Pădureni. The town administers one village, Nădab (Nadab).


1910 2,821—    
1977 8,913+216.0%
1992 9,021+1.2%
2002 8,724−3.3%
2011 7,577−13.1%
Source: Census data

In 1910, the town had 2821 inhabitants: 1376 (48.8%) spoke Hungarian, 1355 (48%) spoke Romanian, 49 (1.7%) spoke German.

In 2011, 73.5% of inhabitants were Romanians, 19.3% Hungarians and 6.3% Roma.[1]


Although the town economy is predominant agricultural, during the last decade the second and third economic sectors had a growing evolution. For most of the tourists Chișineu-Criș is a transit town towards central and Western Europe. The most attractive sightseeing spot of the town is the Crișul Alb River and its banks covered with abundant vegetation.

Tourist attractionsEdit

The archaeological discoveries brought to light traces of habitation much older than the documentary attestation of the town. The most important archaeological discoveries that attest the continuity of habitation in the area revealed objects older than 2,500 years in several locations of the town. Also two settlements dated back to the 3rd – 5th and 10th – 11th centuries were found here.

Chișineu-Criș was first mentioned as "villa Jeneusol" in the years 1202–1203. Nădab village is attested in a document of 1334 as "Nodob".


  1. ^ "2011 census data" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2012-05-31.