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Csongrad County

This article is about the county. For the town see Csongrád. For the historical comitatus see Csongrád County (former).Csongrád (; ) is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in southern Hungary, on the both sides of the river Tisza, on the border with Serbia and Romania. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Bács-Kiskun, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Békés. The administrative centre of Csongrád county is Szeged. The county is also part of the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa euroregion.GeographyThe area of Csongrád County is flat. It has a high number of sunshine hours and excellent soil, which makes it the most important agricultural area of Hungary. Its most famous products are paprika from Szeged and onion from Makó, but grain, vegetables and fruits are also significant. Half of the onion, paprika and vegetables produced in Hungary are from Csongrád. The county is also rich in oil and natural gas.The highest point is Ásotthalom (125 m), the lowest is Gyálarét (78 m; lowest point of Hungary).PopulationAfter the Ottoman occupation, in 1715 the county was nearly uninhabited, the population density was less than 5/km2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, itthe county was repopulated by ethnic Hungarians from the relatively overpopulated northern and western counties of the Kingdom of Hungary. Now, the county is home for 423,826 people (216,936 people live in urban counties) with a population density is 100/km2. It has a Hungarian majority.
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