|• Total||8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||644 m (2,113 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2013)|
|• Density||55/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Aadorf (TG), Bichelsee-Balterswil (TG), Elgg, Elsau, Schlatt, Turbenthal|
Hofstetten is first mentioned in 914 as Pipineshovestetin. Until 2003 it was known as Hofstetten bei Elgg.
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). In 1996[update] housing and buildings made up 2.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (2%). Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.1% of the area. As of 2007[update] 1.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.
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.
Hofstetten has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 481. As of 2007[update], 6.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008[update] 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[update]) speaks German (98.6%), with French being second most common ( 0.5%) and Italian being third ( 0.2%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) 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.
Hofstetten has an unemployment rate of 1.27%. As of 2005[update], 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. As of 2007[update] 39.6% of the working population were employed full-time, and 60.4% were employed part-time.
As of 2008[update] there were 52 Catholics and 293 Protestants in Hofstetten. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census[update], 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.
The historical population is given in the following table:
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
- Hofstetten in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Aug-2009
- Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
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