Kraków County (Polish: powiat krakowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland 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 is the city of Kraków, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains five towns: Skawina, 12 km (7 mi) south-west of Kraków, Krzeszowice, 24 km (15 mi) west of Kraków, Słomniki, 24 km (15 mi) north-east of Kraków, Skała, 20 km (12 mi) north of Kraków, and Świątniki Górne, 15 km (9 mi) south of Kraków.
Location within the voivodeship
|Coordinates (Kraków): Coordinates:|
|• Total||1,229.62 km2 (474.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
The county covers an area of 1,229.62 square kilometres (474.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 244,970, out of which the population of Skawina is 23,691, that of Krzeszowice is 9,942, that of Słomniki is 4,331, that of Skała is 3,693, that of Świątniki Górne is 2,101, and the rural population is 201,212.
Apart from the city of Kraków, Kraków County is also bordered by Miechów County to the north, Proszowice County and Bochnia County to the east, Wieliczka County to the south-east, Myślenice County to the south, Wadowice County and Chrzanów County to the west, and Olkusz County to the north-west.
The county is subdivided into 17 gminas (five urban-rural and 12 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Wielka Wieś||rural||48.1||9,316||Wielka Wieś|
|Gmina Świątniki Górne||urban-rural||20.2||8,619||Świątniki Górne|
Kraków's county's symbols can be blazoned as follows:
Coat of arms: A traditional Iberian shield gules, an eagle head argent erased beaked, langued and crowned Or.
Flag: Per fess argent and gules, a narrow fess Or, overall and occupying 3/5 of the flag's height the county's coat of arms.