Csongrád (Hungarian: Csongrád megye [ˈt͡ʃoŋɡraːd]), set to be renamed Csongrád-Csanád from 2020[2] is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in southern Hungary, straddling the river Tisza, on the border with Serbia and Romania. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Bács-Kiskun, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Békés. The administrative centre of Csongrád county is Szeged. The county is also part of the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa euroregion.

Csongrád County

Csongrád megye
Maros river embankment near Makó
Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park
Cathedral of Szeged
Descending, from top: Maros river embankment near Makó, Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, and Cathedral of Szeged
Flag of Csongrád County
Coat of arms of Csongrád County
Coat of arms
Csongrád County within Hungary
Csongrád County within Hungary
Country Hungary
RegionSouthern Great Plain
County seatSzeged
 • President of the General AssemblyBéla Kakas (Fidesz-KDNP)
 • Total4,262.71 km2 (1,645.84 sq mi)
Area rank12th in Hungary
 • Total406,205[1]
 • Rank8th in Hungary
Postal code
66xx – 69xx
Area code(s)(+36) 62, 63
ISO 3166 codeHU-CS


This county has a total area of 4,263 km2 (1,646 sq mi) – 4,58% of Hungary.

The area of Csongrád County is flat. It has a high number of sunshine hours and excellent soil, which makes it the most important agricultural area of Hungary. Its most famous products are paprika from Szeged and onions from Makó, but grain, vegetables, and fruits are also significant. Half of the onions, paprika, and vegetables produced in Hungary are from Csongrád. The county is also rich in oil and natural gas.

The highest point is Ásotthalom (125 m), the lowest is Gyálarét (78 m; lowest point of Hungary).



Religion in Csongrád County (2011 census)

  Catholic Church (39.4%)
  Calvinism (7.0%)
  Lutheranism (0.8%)
  Orthodoxy (0.2%)
  Judaism (0.1%)
  Other religions (1.7%)
  Non-religious (21.8%)
  Atheists (1.6%)
  Undeclared (27.0%)

After the end of the Ottoman occupation in 1715, the county was nearly uninhabited, with a population density of less than 5/km2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the county was repopulated by ethnic Hungarians from the relatively overpopulated northern and western counties of the Kingdom of Hungary.[3] Now, the county is home for 423,826 people (216,936 people live in urban counties) with a population density is 100/km2. It has a Hungarian majority.[4]

In 2015, it had a population of 406,205 and the population density was 95/km².

Year County population[5] Change
1949 429,083 n/a
1960   434,046 1.16%
1970   445,220 2.57%
1980   456,300 (record) 2.49%
1990   438,842 -3.83%
2001   433,344 -1.25%
2011   417,456 -3.67%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 5,000), Romanian (1,500), German (1,300) and Serb (1,300).

Total population (2011 census): 417,456
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[6] Identified themselves: 367,193 persons:

  • Hungarians: 355,554 (96.83%)
  • Gypsies: 4,720 (1.29%)
  • Others and indefinable: 6,919 (1.88%)

Approximately 59,000 persons in Csongrád County did not declare their ethnic group on the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the county according to the 2011 census:[7]

Regional structureEdit

District of Csongrád County
English and
Hungarian names
Seat № of
1 Csongrád District
Csongrádi járás
339.24 22,996 68 Csongrád (town) 4
2 Hódmezővásárhely District
Hódmezővásárhelyi járás
707.77 56,560 80 Hódmezővásárhely 4
3 Kistelek District
Kisteleki járás
410.20 18,185 44 Kistelek 6
4 Makó District
Makói járás
688.85 45,138 66 Makó 15
5 Mórahalom District
Mórahalmi járás
561.71 28,986 52 Mórahalom 10
6 Szeged District
Szegedi járás
741.10 204,263 276 Szeged 13
7 Szentes District
Szentesi járás
813.84 41,328 51 Szentes 8
Csongrád County 4,262.71 417,456 98 Szeged 60


Road networkEdit

M5 motorway near Röszke.
Main road 45 near Szentes.

In 2012, Csongrád County has a dense network of public roads, in total length of 1,350 km, of which 281 km are main roads.[8] Inland, connections are provided by 1,049 km of county and communal roads and 20 km are covered with light road surfaces.

Highway network
Road network


The Csongrád County Council, elected at the 2019 local government elections, is made up of 20 counselors[9], with the following party composition:

Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 12                        
  Hungarian Socialist Party 2                        
  Jobbik 2                        
  Our Homeland Movement 2                        
  Democratic Coalition 1                        
  Momentum Movement 1                        

Presidents of the General AssemblyEdit

List of Presidents, from 1990[10]
István Lehmann (MSZP) 1990–1998
Dr. József Frank (Fidesz) 1998–2006
Anna Magyar (Fidesz-KDNP) 2006–2014
Béla Kakas (Fidesz-KDNP) 2014–


Csongrád County has 2 urban counties, 8 towns, 7 large villages and 43 villages.

As a typical Great Plain county, Csongrád has a relatively small number of municipalities. 72.5% of the population lives in cities/towns, so it is one of the most urbanized county in Hungary.[11]

Cities with county rights

(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)


  municipalities are large villages.



  1. ^ nepesseg.com, population data of Hungarians settlements
  2. ^ Csongrád-Csanád lesz a megye neve 2020-tól
  3. ^ Changing ethnicities in Hungary (map+data+assay) (Károly Kocsis, Zsolt Bottlik, MTA Földrajztudományi Kutatóintézet, Budapest 2009, ISBN 978-963-9545-18-2, ISBN 978-963-9545-19-9)
  4. ^ Csongrád county (2001 census), English
  5. ^ népesség.com, "Csongrád megye népessége 1870-2015"
  6. ^ 1.1.6. A népesség anyanyelv, nemzetiség és nemek szerint – Frissítve: 2013.04.17.; Hungarian Central Statistical Office (in Hungarian)
  7. ^ 2011. ÉVI NÉPSZÁMLÁLÁS, 3. Területi adatok, 3.6 Csongrád megye, (in Hungarian) [1]
  8. ^ "Csongrád Megyei Terület fejlesztési Koncepció" (PDF) (in Hungarian). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Megyei közgyűlés tagjai 2019-2024 (Csongrád megye)". valasztas.hu. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  10. ^ Önkormányzati választások eredményei (in Hungarian)
  11. ^ List of localities in Csongrád county by area, population and status (2001 census), English

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 46°25′N 20°15′E / 46.417°N 20.250°E / 46.417; 20.250