Sanok County

Sanok County (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, 1999 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.

Neighbouring counties

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.

Administrative division

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.

Gmina Type Area
Sanok urban 38.2 39,481  
Gmina Sanok rural 231.4 16,802 Sanok *
Gmina Zagórz urban-rural 160.1 12,725 Zagórz
Gmina Zarszyn rural 106.0 9,225 Zarszyn
Gmina Bukowsko rural 138.2 5,210 Bukowsko
Gmina Komańcza rural 455.2 5,116 Komańcza
Gmina Besko rural 27.6 4,242 Besko
Gmina Tyrawa Wołoska rural 68.6 1,939 Tyrawa Wołoska
* seat not part of the gmina


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.


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