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Wałcz County

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Wałcz County

Powiat wałecki
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Wałcz): 53°16′N 16°28′E / 53.267°N 16.467°E / 53.267; 16.467Coordinates: 53°16′N 16°28′E / 53.267°N 16.467°E / 53.267; 16.467
Country Poland
VoivodeshipWest Pomeranian
 • Total1,414.79 km2 (546.25 sq mi)
 • Total54,639
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesZWA

Wałcz County (Polish: powiat wałecki) 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 Wałcz, which lies 127 kilometres (79 mi) east of the regional capital Szczecin. The county contains three other towns: Mirosławiec, 27 km (17 mi) west of Wałcz, Człopa, 31 km (19 mi) south-west of Wałcz, and Tuczno, 25 km (16 mi) south-west of Wałcz.

The county covers an area of 1,414.79 square kilometres (546.3 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 54,639, out of which the population of Wałcz is 26,140, that of Mirosławiec is 2,633, that of Człopa is 2,390, that of Tuczno is 1,965, and the rural population is 21,511.

Neighbouring counties

Wałcz County is bordered by Złotów County to the east, Piła County to the south-east, Czarnków-Trzcianka County to the south, Strzelce-Drezdenko County to the south-west, Choszczno County to the west and Drawsko County to the north-west.

Administrative division

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

Gmina Type Area
Wałcz urban 38.2 26,140  
Gmina Wałcz rural 575.1 12,424 Wałcz *
Gmina Mirosławiec urban-rural 203.3 6,026 Mirosławiec
Gmina Człopa urban-rural 348.4 5,124 Człopa
Gmina Tuczno urban-rural 249.9 4,925 Tuczno
* seat not part of the gmina


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