(powiat sanocki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat
) in Subcarpathian Voivodeship
, south-eastern Poland
, on the Slovak
border. It was created on January 1
as a result of the Local Government Reorganization Act of 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Sanok
, which lies south of the regional capital Rzeszów
. The only other town in the county is Zagórz
, lying south-east of Sanok.
The county covers an area of . As of 2006 its total population is 94,740, out of which the population of Sanok is 39,481, that of Zagórz is 4,990, and the rural population is 50,269.
Sanok County is bordered by Krosno County
to the west, Brzozów County
to the north, Przemyśl County
to the north-east and Lesko County
to the east. It also borders Slovakia
to the south.
The county is subdivided into eight gminas
(one urban, one urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
About 60% of the land surface of County is given over to agricultural use. However, very little of this is arable land; the vast majority consists of permanent grass pasture or rough grazing for herd animals such as sheep and cows. Although both beef and dairy cattle are raised widely, especially in Odrzechowa, County is more well-known for its sheep farming, and thus lamb is the meat traditionally associated with Polish cooking.
- Prof. Adam Fastnacht. Slownik Historyczno-Geograficzny Ziemi Sanockiej w Średniowieczu (Historic-Geographic Dictionary of the Sanok District in the Middle Ages), Kraków, 2002, ISBN 83-88385-14-3.
Rural landscape picture