|Population||1,031 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||137 /km2 (356 /sq mi)|
|Area||7.53 km2 (2.91 sq mi)|
|Elevation||763 m (2,503 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Gurzelen, Kirchdorf, Lohnstorf, Noflen, Riggisberg, Rüti bei Riggisberg, Seftigen, Wattenwil|
Burgistein is first mentioned in 1266 as Burgstein and in 1271 as Burgenstein.
Burgistein has an area, as of 2009[update], of 7.53 km2 (2.91 sq mi). Of this area, 5.73 km2 (2.21 sq mi) or 76.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.98 km2 (0.38 sq mi) or 13.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.73 km2 (0.28 sq mi) or 9.7% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.06 km2 (15 acres) or 0.8% is either rivers or lakes.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 5.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.5%. 10.2% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.8% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 31.7% is used for growing crops and 41.0% is pastures, while 3.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams.
Burgistein is a scattered settlement without a central village. The closest thing it has to a center is the old village that grew up around the former castle, Burgistein-Dorf on Längenberg-Gurnigel. The municipality includes the hamlets of Weier, Niederschönegg, Äbnit and Plötsch, as well as the new developments of Burgistein-Station (which include Grossmatt, Burgiwil, Pfandersmatt), all in the Gürbetal.
Burgistein has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 1,031. As of 2007[update], 3.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (97.9%), with English being second most common ( 0.5%) and French being third ( 0.3%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 27% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 58.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.8%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Burgistein about 72.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).
Burgistein has an unemployment rate of 0.83%. As of 2005[update], there were 111 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 40 businesses involved in this sector. 85 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 18 businesses in this sector. 117 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 24 businesses in this sector. The historical population is given in the following table:
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Datenwürfel für Thema 01.2 - Bevölkerungsstand und -bewegung (German) accessed 29 August 2013
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Burgistein in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Jul-2009
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