Puck County

Puck County (Polish: powiat pucki, Kashubian: pùcczi pòwiat) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland, on the Baltic coast. The powiat of this name existed in the history of Poland, since the times of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth up to 1795, and then reintroduced in 1999.

Puck County

Powiat pucki
Flag of Puck County
Flag
Coat of arms of Puck County
Coat of arms
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Puck): 54°42′N 18°24′E / 54.700°N 18.400°E / 54.700; 18.400Coordinates: 54°42′N 18°24′E / 54.700°N 18.400°E / 54.700; 18.400
Country Poland
VoivodeshipPomeranian
SeatPuck
Gminas
Area
 • Total577.85 km2 (223.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total85,211
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • Urban
27,114
 • Rural
58,097
Car platesGPU
Websitehttp://www.starostwo.puck.pl

Modern Puck CountyEdit

The modern Puck County came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the town of Puck, which lies 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the regional capital Gdańsk. The county contains three other towns: Władysławowo, 16 km (10 mi) north of Puck, Jastarnia, 18 km (11 mi) east of Puck, and Hel, 29 km (18 mi) east of Puck, at the tip of the Hel Peninsula.

The county covers an area of 577.85 square kilometres (223.1 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 85,211, out of which the population of Puck is 11,213, that of Władysławowo is 9,930, that of Hel is 3,267, that of Jastarnia is 2,704, and the rural population is 58,097.[1]


Puck County on a map of the counties of Pomeranian Voivodeship

Puck County is bordered by the city of Gdynia to the south and Wejherowo County to the south-west. It also borders the Bay of Puck to the east and the Baltic Sea to the north.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
(km²)
Population
(2019)
Seat
Gmina Puck rural 243.3 26,522 Puck *
Gmina Władysławowo urban-rural 38.4 15,405 Władysławowo
Gmina Kosakowo rural 47.4 15,268 Kosakowo
Puck urban 4.9 11,213  
Gmina Krokowa rural 211.8 10,832 Krokowa
Hel urban 21.3 3,267  
Jastarnia urban 8.0 2,704  
* seat not part of the gmina


TransportEdit

Railway transportEdit

The railway network in the area of this county consists of two active railway lines, 213 and dismantled 263. The lines intersected in Swarzewo. [2]

The station in Puck was located closest to the sea on the Polish railway network, which is why a temporary harbor with a railway siding was built in Puck. The development of railways in the county in the 1920s caused the development of tourism on Hel Spit. Because of the largely tourist traffic on Hel Spit, line 213 shows high seasonal variability of transports. Freight traffic, due to the lack of industry, is marginal.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GUS. "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial divison in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  2. ^ Stankiewicz, Stiasny, Ryszard, Marcin (2011). Mały atlas linii kolejowych Polski 2011. Rybnik: Eurosprinter. ISBN 978-83-931006-3-7.