Sucha County (Polish: powiat suski) is a unit of territorial
administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland
Voivodeship, southern Poland, on the Slovak border. Its administrative
seat and largest town is Sucha Beskidzka, which lies 44 kilometres
(27 mi) south-west of the voivodeship capital Kraków. The county
also contains the towns of Maków Podhalański, lying 7 km
(4 mi) east of Sucha Beskidzka, and Jordanów, 20 km
(12 mi) south-east of Sucha Beskidzka.
The county covers an area of 685.75 square kilometres
(264.8 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 82,045,
out of which the population of
Sucha Beskidzka is 9,726, that of
Maków Podhalański is 5,738, that of
Jordanów is 5,112, and the
rural population is 61,469.
Sucha County existed between 1956 and 1975, but on the abolition of
the powiats its territory was split between the two newly created
voivodeships of Bielsko-Biała and Nowy Sącz. The county was
recreated on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local
government reforms passed in 1998, which restored the powiats and
created 16 large voivodeships.
The county is located in the area of the
Maków Beskids of the Beskidy
Mountains. Its highest point is Babia Gora, 1,725 m
(5,659 ft) above sea level, which since 1954 has been a national
park and Biosphere Reserve.
This area attracts significant numbers of tourists, particularly to
the skiing centre at Zawoja.
Sucha County is bordered by
Żywiec County to the west, Wadowice
County to the north,
Myślenice County to the east and Nowy Targ
County to the south-east. It also borders
Slovakia to the south-west.
The county is subdivided into nine gminas (two urban, one urban-rural
and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending
order of population.
Gmina and number on map
Maków Podhalański (5)
Gmina Stryszawa (6)
Sucha Beskidzka (7)
Gmina Budzów (1)
Gmina Bystra-Sidzina (2)
* seat not part of the gmina
Polish official population figures 2006
Gminas of Sucha County
Sucha Beskidzka (seat)
Gmina Maków Podhalański
Counties of Lesser