Stargard County (Polish: powiat stargardzki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-western 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 Stargard, which lies 32 kilometres (20 mi) east of the regional capital Szczecin. The county contains four other towns: Chociwel, 26 km (16 mi) north-east of Stargard, Dobrzany, 27 km (17 mi) east of Stargard, Ińsko, 37 km (23 mi) east of Stargard, and Suchań, 21 km (13 mi) east of Stargard.

Stargard County
Powiat stargardzki
Flag of Stargard County
Coat of arms of Stargard County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Stargard): 53°20′N 15°2′E / 53.333°N 15.033°E / 53.333; 15.033
Country Poland
VoivodeshipWest Pomeranian
 • Total1,519.59 km2 (586.72 sq mi)
 • Total119,402
 • Density79/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesZST

The county covers an area of 1,519.59 square kilometres (586.7 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 119,402, out of which the population of Stargard is 70,534, that of Chociwel is 3,285, that of Dobrzany is 2,420, that of Ińsko is 2,001, that of Suchań is 1,446, and the rural population is 39,716.

Neighbouring counties edit

Stargard County is bordered by Goleniów County to the north, Łobez County to the north-east, Drawsko County to the east, Choszczno County to the south-east, Myślibórz County and Pyrzyce County to the south, and Gryfino County and the city of Szczecin to the west.

Administrative division edit

The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (one urban, four urban-rural and five rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Stargard urban 48.1 70,534  
Gmina Stargard rural 318.5 11,322 Stargard *
Gmina Dolice rural 237.1 8,165 Dolice
Gmina Chociwel urban-rural 160.6 6,106 Chociwel
Gmina Dobrzany urban-rural 135.1 5,073 Dobrzany
Gmina Suchań urban-rural 132.8 4,324 Suchań
Gmina Kobylanka rural 122.1 3,646 Kobylanka
Gmina Stara Dąbrowa rural 112.6 3,578 Stara Dąbrowa
Gmina Ińsko urban-rural 151.0 3,517 Ińsko
Gmina Marianowo rural 101.8 3,137 Marianowo
* seat not part of the gmina

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