Starogard County

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Starogard County

Powiat starogardzki
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Division into gminas
Coordinates(Starogard Gdański): 53°58′N18°32′E / 53.967°N 18.533°E / 53.967; 18.533 Coordinates: 53°58′N18°32′E / 53.967°N 18.533°E / 53.967; 18.533
CountryFlag of Poland.svg  Poland
Voivodeship Pomeranian
Seat Starogard Gdański
Gminas
Area
  Total1,345.28 km2 (519.42 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
  Total127,676
  Density95/km2 (250/sq mi)
   Urban
61,180
  Rural
66,496
Car plates GST
Website http://www.powiatstarogard.pl

Starogard County (Polish : powiat starogardzki, Kashubian : Starogarda kréj) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland. The name is a combination of two terms: stari which is Slavic for old and gard which is Pomeranian language stands for town, city, fortified settlement. In this meaning, the term gard (also spelled as gôrd) is still being used in the only surviving dialect of the Pomeranian, Kashubian language. The county 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 Starogard Gdański, which lies 45 kilometres (28 mi) south of the regional capital Gdańsk. The county contains three other towns: Skarszewy, 13 km (8 mi) north-west of Starogard Gdański, Skórcz, 19 km (12 mi) south of Starogard Gdański, and Czarna Woda, 33 km (21 mi) south-west of Starogard Gdański. Starogard County is part of the area traditionally inhabited by the Kociewiacy ethnic group.

The county covers an area of 1,345.28 square kilometres (519.4 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 127,676, out of which the population of Starogard Gdański is 47,775, that of Skarszewy is 6,994, that of Skórcz is 3,625, that of Czarna Woda is 2,786, and the rural population is 66,496. [1]


Starogard County on a map of the counties of Pomeranian Voivodeship

Starogard County is bordered by Gdańsk County to the north, Tczew County to the east, Świecie County to the south, Tuchola County to the south-west, and Chojnice County and Kościerzyna County to the west.

Administrative division

The county is subdivided into 13 gminas (three urban, one urban-rural and nine rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

GminaTypeArea
(km2)
Population
(2019)
Seat
Starogard Gdański urban25.347,775 
Gmina Starogard Gdański rural196.216,614 Starogard Gdański *
Gmina Skarszewy urban-rural169.814,799 Skarszewy
Gmina Zblewo rural138.011,748 Zblewo
Gmina Lubichowo rural161.06,636 Lubichowo
Gmina Kaliska rural110.45,439 Kaliska
Gmina Smętowo Graniczne rural86.15,203 Smętowo Graniczne
Gmina Skórcz rural96.64,585 Skórcz *
Skórcz urban3.73,625 
Gmina Bobowo rural51.73,188 Bobowo
Gmina Osieczna rural123.32,897 Osieczna
Czarna Woda urban27.82,786 
Gmina Osiek rural155.62,381 Osiek
* seat not part of the gmina

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References

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