Starogard County

Starogard County (Polish: powiat starogardzki) 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.

Starogard County

Powiat starogardzki


Coat of arms
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Starogard Gdański): 53°58′N 18°32′E
Country Poland
SeatStarogard Gdański
  Total1,345.28 km2 (519.42 sq mi)
  Density91/km2 (230/sq mi)
Car platesGST

The county covers an area of 1,345.28 square kilometres (519.4 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 121,963, out of which the population of Starogard Gdański is 48,136, that of Skarszewy is 6,824, that of Skórcz is 3,512, that of Czarna Woda is 3,182, and the rural population is 60,309.

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.

Gmina Type Area
Starogard Gdański urban 25.3 48,136  
Gmina Skarszewy urban-rural 169.8 14,018 Skarszewy
Gmina Starogard Gdański rural 196.2 13,676 Starogard Gdański *
Gmina Zblewo rural 138.0 10,767 Zblewo
Gmina Lubichowo rural 161.0 5,627 Lubichowo
Gmina Smętowo Graniczne rural 86.1 5,263 Smętowo Graniczne
Gmina Kaliska rural 110.4 5,150 Kaliska
Gmina Skórcz rural 96.6 4,567 Skórcz *
Skórcz urban 3.7 3,512  
Czarna Woda urban 27.8 3,182  
Gmina Bobowo rural 51.7 2,853 Bobowo
Gmina Osieczna rural 123.3 2,796 Osieczna
Gmina Osiek rural 155.6 2,416 Osiek
* seat not part of the gmina


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