Wadowice County

Wadowice County (Polish: powiat wadowicki) 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 town of Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, which lies 38 kilometres (24 mi) south-west of the regional capital Kraków. The county also contains the towns of Andrychów, lying 13 km (8 mi) west of Wadowice, and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 14 km (9 mi) east of Wadowice.

Wadowice County
Powiat wadowicki
Flag of Wadowice County
Coat of arms of Wadowice County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Wadowice): 49°53′N 19°30′E / 49.883°N 19.500°E / 49.883; 19.500
Country Poland
VoivodeshipLesser Poland
 • Total645.74 km2 (249.32 sq mi)
 • Total154,304
 • Density240/km2 (620/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesKWA

The county covers an area of 645.74 square kilometres (249.3 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 154,304, out of which the population of Andrychów is 21,691, that of Wadowice is 19,149, that of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is 4,503, and the rural population is 108,961.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Wadowice County is bordered by Chrzanów County to the north, Kraków County and Myślenice County to the east, Sucha County to the south, Żywiec County to the south-west, Bielsko County to the west, and Oświęcim County to the north-west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Andrychów urban-rural 100.6 42,893 Andrychów
Gmina Wadowice urban-rural 113.0 37,481 Wadowice
Gmina Kalwaria Zebrzydowska urban-rural 75.3 19,210 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Gmina Wieprz rural 74.5 11,493 Wieprz
Gmina Brzeźnica rural 66.3 10,232 Brzeźnica
Gmina Spytkowice rural 47.0 9,376 Spytkowice
Gmina Tomice rural 41.7 7,232 Tomice
Gmina Stryszów rural 46.1 6,690 Stryszów
Gmina Lanckorona rural 40.6 5,819 Lanckorona
Gmina Mucharz rural 37.3 3,878 Mucharz