Găești

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Găești
Town
Găești is located in Romania
Găești
Găești
Location of Găești
Coordinates: 44°43′10″N 25°19′11″E / 44.71944°N 25.31972°E / 44.71944; 25.31972Coordinates: 44°43′10″N 25°19′11″E / 44.71944°N 25.31972°E / 44.71944; 25.31972
Country Romania
CountyDâmbovița County
StatusTown
Government
 • MayorGrigore Gheorghe (National Liberal Party)
Area
 • Total22.8 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2002)
 • Total16,598
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Websitehttp://www.primaria-gaesti.ro/

Găești (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡəˈ(j)eʃtʲ]) is a town in Dâmbovița county, Romania with a population of 16,598.

History[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1912 3,990—    
1930 5,328+33.5%
1948 7,726+45.0%
1956 7,179−7.1%
1966 8,962+24.8%
1977 12,494+39.4%
1992 18,566+48.6%
2002 16,598−10.6%
2011 12,767−23.1%
Source: Census data

The name of the town comes from a family of nobles (boyars) who owned most of the lands on which the town is now situated. Their name was Găești.

It was first mentioned on 19 July 1498 during the rule of Radu cel Mare, the son of Vlad Călugărul, who donated the land around Găești to the Monastery of Râncăciov. In 1807, most of the buildings of Găești were destroyed by a fire, then in 1812, it was hit by the plague.

Economy[edit]

Arctic S.A. company is headquartered in the town.

Famous natives[edit]