The village Keckivci with area of 1006 hectares is situated in
the altitude of 400 m under the mountain of Nyzki Beskydy, in the
valley of Mostivka creek, northern part of the Ondava river, in
the Svidnik county near the border with Poland. Village is surrounded
with beautiful forests in the south and north.
Keckivci in the year 2002 will celebrate its 430 anniversary since
its first written mentioning. There was 341 inhabitants living in the
village in 1787. The number grew to 491 in 1828 and reached its maximum
in 1843, when there was 544 people living. The number of inhabitants
decreased significantly due to and cholera and hunger in the second
half of 19th century, but increased back to 422 in the 1893. This
number oscillated unsignificantly over the years. Severe fights
were going on in Keckivci and its surroundings during the World
War II. After that the number of people decreased significantly
because of people moving to Czech republic and to other cities
and this trend has been so especially since 1970s.
Currently the village is inhabited by 230 people out of which 72 are in
their post-productive age. Young people leave the village in search of
jobs outside of the region.
People has always claimed their nationality to be ruthenian, ukrainian
even though last censuses show significant assimilation. While in 1930 out
of 470 people 428 claimed to be ruthenian/russian/ukrainian, only 61 out
of 230 did it so in 2001.