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Pest County
County Hall in Budapest

Coat of arms
Country Hungary
Region Central Hungary
County seat Budapest
Area
 • Total 6,393.14 km2 (2,468.41 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 1,213,090
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)

Pest County is a county (megye) in central Hungary. It covers an area of 6,393.14 square kilometres (2,468.41 sq mi), and has a population of 1,213,090 (2009). It surrounds the national capital Budapest and the majority of the county's population (65.2%/790,995 in 2009) live in the suburbs of Budapest. It shares borders with Slovakia and the Hungarian counties Nógrád, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Bács-Kiskun, Fejér and Komárom-Esztergom. The River Danube flows through the county. The capital of Pest County is Budapest (administratively separate).

History[]

The present county Pest was formed after World War II, when the former county Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun was split in two parts (the other part is within present-day Bács-Kiskun). Pest County also existed in the early days of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary (11th century). Its territory comprised approximately the north-eastern part of present Pest County. It was combined with adjacent Pilis county before the 15th century. More information can be found at the entry of former Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun county.

Demographics[]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1870 330,089
1880 353,851 +7.2%
1890 395,142 +11.7%
1900 450,136 +13.9%
1910 524,320 +16.5%
1920 571,753 +9.0%
1930 633,257 +10.8%
1941 682,696 +7.8%
1949 686,953 +0.6%
1960 781,505 +13.8%
1970 878,644 +12.4%
1980 973,830 +10.8%
1990 949,842 −2.5%
2001 1,083,877 +14.1%
2009 1,213,290 +11.9%

Ethnic groups (2001 census):

  • Magyars - 93.5%
  • Germans - 1.7%
  • Roma - 1.2%
  • Slovaks - 0.8%
  • Others - 0.5%
  • Unknown (no answer) - 2.3%

Religions (2001 census):

  • Roman Catholic - 53%
  • Calvinist - 16%
  • Lutheran - 3.8%
  • Greek Catholic - 1.2%
  • Others (Christian) - 1.3%
  • Others (non-Christian) - 0.2%
  • Atheist - 12%
  • Unknown (no answer) - 12.5%

Regional structure[]

City with county's rights[]

  • Érd (65,043) (since 2011)

Towns[]

(ordered by population, as of 2001)

Szentendre - main square

Villages[]

  • Lórév
  • Majosháza
  • Makád
  • Márianosztra
  • Mende
  • Mikebuda
  • Mogyoród
  • Monorierdő
  • Nagybörzsöny
  • Nagykovácsi
  • Nagytarcsa
  • Nyáregyháza
  • Nyársapát
  • Pánd
  • Páty
  • Penc
  • Perbál
  • Perőcsény
  • Péteri
  • Pilisborosjenő
  • Piliscsaba
  • Pilisjászfalu
  • Pilisszántó
  • Pilisszentiván
  • Pilisszentkereszt
  • Pilisszentlászló
  • Pócsmegyer

Coordinates: 47°25′N 19°20′E / 47.417, 19.333

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