|Population||5,736 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||101 /km2 (261 /sq mi)|
|Area||53.76 km2 (20.76 sq mi)|
|Elevation||464 m (1,522 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Ennetmoos (NW), Entlebuch (LU), Hergiswil (NW), Kerns, Sarnen, Schwarzenberg (LU), Stansstad (NW)|
Alpnach is first mentioned about 870 as Alpenacho.
Alpnach has an area, as of 2006[update], of 53.8 square kilometers (20.8 sq mi). Of this area, 32.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 54.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (8.9%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The municipality is located on the heights above two streams, the Large and Small Schliere. During the mid-19th Century the village became a linear village. While in the 20th Century, it expanded into a Haufendorf (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square). It consists of the villages of Alpnach Dorf, Alpnachstad and Schoried.
Alpnach has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 5,736. As of 2007[update], 13.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 11.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (89.7%), with Albanian being second most common ( 2.3%) and Portuguese being third ( 1.8%). As of 2000[update] the gender distribution of the population was 50.8% male and 49.2% female. As of 2000[update] there are 1,828 households in Alpnach.
Alpnach has an unemployment rate of 1.55%. As of 2005[update], there were 228 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 91 businesses involved in this sector. 839 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 81 businesses in this sector. 952 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 144 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
Alpnach is served by Alpnach Dorf station and Alpnachstad station on the Brünig line, an inter-regional narrow-gauge railway from Interlaken to Lucerne. The half-hourly Lucerne S-Bahn S5 service between Giswil and Lucerne stops at both stations, whilst the hourly InterRegio train between Interlaken and Lucerne normally stops only at Alpnach Dorf station.
Alpnachstad station is also the terminus of the Pilatus railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus, and is also served by Lake Lucerne shipping services of the Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees (SGV), providing an alternative connection to Lucerne and other lakeside communities.
- Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 29 August 2013
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Alpnach in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 03-Sep-2009
- Canton Obwalden Statistics accessed 2 September 2009 (German)
- "Luzern–Brünig–Interlaken". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "Alpnachstad–Pilatus". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "Luzern–Alpnachstad (Vierwaldstättersee)". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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