Dębica County (Polish: powiat dębicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, south-eastern Poland. It was created on 1 January 1999 as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Dębica, which lies 43 kilometres (27 mi) west of the regional capital Rzeszów. The only other towns in the county are Pilzno, lying 12 km (7 mi) south-west of Dębica, and Brzostek, 19 km (12 mi) south of Dębica.
Location within the voivodeship
|Coordinates (Dębica): Coordinates:|
|• Total||776.36 km2 (299.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (440/sq mi)|
The county covers an area of 776.36 square kilometres (299.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 132,473, out of which the population of Dębica is 46,955, that of Pilzno is 4,411, that of Brzostek is 2,597, and the rural population is 78,510.
Dębica County is bordered by Mielec County to the north, Ropczyce-Sędziszów County to the east, Strzyżów County to the south-east, Jasło County to the south, and Tarnów County and Dąbrowa County to the west.
The county is subdivided into seven gminas (one urban, two urban-rural and four rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Dębica||rural||137.6||23,953||Dębica *|
|* seat not part of the gmina|
Debica is the county's only rail junction, from which lines emerge in three directions – eastwards to Rzeszow, westwards to Tarnow and northwards to Mielec. The west-east line, which goes from Wrocław via Debica, to Przemyśl, is electrified and is regarded as one of the most important rail connections in Poland. The line to Mielec, which goes further northwards to Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz, is of secondary importance and is not electrified.