Buzău (bu.'zəu) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in the historical region Muntenia, with the capital city at Buzău.
In 2002, it had a population of 496,214 and the population density
|| County population |
|| 430,225 |
|| 465,829 |
|| 480,951 |
|| 508,424 |
|| 516,961 |
|| 496,214 |
This county has a total area of 6,103 km².
In the North Side there are the mountains from the southern end of the Eastern Carpathians group - the Vrancea Mountains and the Buzău Mountains with heights over 1700 m. The heights decrease in the South and East passing through the subcarpathian hills to the Bărăgan Plain at about 80 m.
The main river crossing the county is the Buzău River which collects many small rivers from the mountains and flows to the East into the Siret River. The area is prone to floods, the one in the summer of 2005 destroying the main road bridge at Mărăcineni north of Buzău.
The predominant industries in the county are:
- Mechanical components; railway and automotive components
- Metallurgical parts
The hilly area is well-suited for wines and fruit orchards. Salt and oil are the main resources extracted in the county.
The main touristical destinantions are:
The county has 2 municipalities, 3 towns and 82 communes.