Kościan County

Kościan County (Polish: powiat kościański) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Greater Poland Voivodeship, west-central 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 Kościan, which lies 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-west of the regional capital Poznań. The county contains three other towns: Śmigiel, 13 km (8 mi) south-west of Kościan, Czempiń, 13 km (8 mi) north-east of Kościan, and Krzywiń, 18 km (11 mi) south-east of Kościan.

Kościan County

Powiat kościański
Flag of Kościan County
Coat of arms of Kościan County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Kościan): 52°5′N 16°39′E / 52.083°N 16.650°E / 52.083; 16.650Coordinates: 52°5′N 16°39′E / 52.083°N 16.650°E / 52.083; 16.650
Country Poland
VoivodeshipGreater Poland
 • Total722.53 km2 (278.97 sq mi)
 • Total77,760
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesPKS

The county covers an area of 722.53 square kilometres (279.0 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 77,760, out of which the population of Kościan is 24,102, that of Śmigiel is 5,452, that of Czempiń is 5,135, that of Krzywiń is 1,547, and the rural population is 41,524.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Kościan County is bordered by Poznań County to the north, Śrem County to the east, Gostyń County to the south-east, Leszno County to the south, Wolsztyn County to the west and Grodzisk Wielkopolski County to the north-west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
Kościan urban 8.8 24,102  
Gmina Śmigiel urban-rural 189.9 17,465 Śmigiel
Gmina Kościan rural 202.3 15,042 Kościan *
Gmina Czempiń urban-rural 142.5 11,259 Czempiń
Gmina Krzywiń urban-rural 179.2 9,892 Krzywiń
* seat not part of the gmina