Kraków County

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 with powiat rights). 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.

Kraków County
Powiat krakowski
Flag of Kraków County
Coat of arms of Kraków County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Kraków): 50°3′41″N 19°56′18″E / 50.06139°N 19.93833°E / 50.06139; 19.93833Coordinates: 50°3′41″N 19°56′18″E / 50.06139°N 19.93833°E / 50.06139; 19.93833
Country Poland
VoivodeshipLesser Poland
 • Total1,229.62 km2 (474.76 sq mi)
 • Total278,219[1]
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesKRA

The county covers an area of 1,229.62 square kilometres (474.8 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 278,219, out of which the population of Skawina is 24,340, that of Krzeszowice is 10,014, that of Słomniki is 4,343, that of Skała is 3,798, that of Świątniki Górne is 2,431, and the rural population is 233,293.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

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.

Administrative divisionEdit

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 Type Area
Gmina Skawina urban-rural 100.2 43,554 Skawina
Gmina Krzeszowice urban-rural 139.4 32,126 Krzeszowice
Gmina Zabierzów rural 99.6 26,622 Zabierzów
Gmina Zielonki rural 48.4 22,856 Zielonki
Gmina Liszki rural 72.0 17,369 Liszki
Gmina Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca rural 82.5 15,709 Luborzyca
Gmina Czernichów rural 83.8 14,598 Czernichów
Gmina Mogilany rural 43.6 14,110 Mogilany
Gmina Słomniki urban-rural 111.4 13,692 Słomniki
Gmina Wielka Wieś rural 48.1 12,533 Wielka Wieś
Gmina Jerzmanowice-Przeginia rural 68.4 10,976 Jerzmanowice
Gmina Michałowice rural 51.3 10,641 Michałowice
Gmina Skała urban-rural 74.3 10,580 Skała
Gmina Świątniki Górne urban-rural 20.2 10,155 Świątniki Górne
Gmina Iwanowice rural 70.6 9,133 Iwanowice
Gmina Igołomia-Wawrzeńczyce rural 62.6 7,721 Wawrzeńczyce
Gmina Sułoszowa rural 53.4 5,844 Sułoszowa


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.


  1. ^ a b GUS. "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". Retrieved 2020-09-11.