Sanok County

Sanok County (Polish: powiat sanocki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, south-eastern Poland, on the Slovak border. It 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 Sanok, which lies 56 kilometres (35 mi) south of the regional capital Rzeszów. The only other town in the county is Zagórz, lying 6 km (4 mi) south-east of Sanok.

Sanok County

Powiat sanocki
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Sanok): 49°33′N 22°13′E
Country Poland
Voivodeship Subcarpathian
  Total1,225.12 km2 (473.02 sq mi)
  Density77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Car platesRSA

The county covers an area of 1,225.12 square kilometres (473.0 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 94,473, out of which the population of Sanok is 37,381, that of Zagórz is 5,095, and the rural population is 51,997.[1]

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 37,381  
Gmina Sanok rural 231.4 18,053 Sanok *
Gmina Zagórz urban-rural 160.1 13,121 Zagórz
Gmina Zarszyn rural 106.0 9,294 Zarszyn
Gmina Bukowsko rural 138.2 5,531 Bukowsko
Gmina Komańcza rural 455.2 4,603 Komańcza
Gmina Besko rural 27.6 4,505 Besko
Gmina Tyrawa Wołoska rural 68.6 1,985 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.

Regional dishes


  • 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