Hofstetten, Zürich

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Hofstetten bei Elgg
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Coat of arms of Hofstetten bei Elgg
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Hofstetten bei Elgg is located in Switzerland
Hofstetten bei Elgg
Hofstetten bei Elgg
Coordinates: 47°28′N 8°51′E / 47.467°N 8.850°E / 47.467; 8.850Coordinates: 47°28′N 8°51′E / 47.467°N 8.850°E / 47.467; 8.850
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Winterthur
Area[1]
 • Total 8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Elevation 644 m (2,113 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 481
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Postal code 8354
SFOS number 0222
Surrounded by Aadorf (TG), Bichelsee-Balterswil (TG), Elgg, Elsau, Schlatt, Turbenthal
Website http://www.hofstetten.zh.ch
SFSO statistics

Hofstetten bei Elgg is a municipality in the district of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

History[edit]

Hofstetten is first mentioned in 914 as Pipineshovestetin. Until 2003 it was known as Hofstetten bei Elgg.[3]

Geography[edit]

Hofstetten has an area of 8.9 km2 (3.4 sq mi). Of this area, 49.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 2.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (2%).[5] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.1% of the area. As of 2007 1.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[5]

The municipality is located between the Schauenberg and the Eulach river valley. It consists of the small villages of Hofstetten, Huggenberg, Geretswil, Wenzikon and Dickbuch.

Demographics[edit]

Hofstetten has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 481.[2] As of 2007, 6.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 51.8% male and 48.2% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (98.6%), with French being second most common ( 0.5%) and Italian being third ( 0.2%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 62% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CSP (13.5%), the Green Party (8.2%) and the FDP (6.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 30.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 55.8% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 13.8%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Hofstetten about 81.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). There are 154 households in Hofstetten.[5]

Hofstetten has an unemployment rate of 1.27%. As of 2005, there were 51 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 24 businesses involved in this sector. 31 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 8 businesses in this sector. 25 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 9 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 39.6% of the working population were employed full-time, and 60.4% were employed part-time.[5]

As of 2008 there were 52 Catholics and 293 Protestants in Hofstetten. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 77.6% were some type of Protestant, with 70.6% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 6.9% belonging to other Protestant churches. 11.2% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 0.5% belonged to another religion (not listed), 0.2% did not give a religion, and 10% were atheist or agnostic.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1467 c. 90
1850 587
1900 478
1950 461
2000 419

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
  3. ^ a b Hofstetten in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009

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