|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|Population||3,928 (December 2012)|
|- Density||279 /km2 (722 /sq mi)|
|Area||14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||430 m (1,411 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Bilten, Mollis, Oberurnen, Schänis (SG), Schübelbach (SZ), Weesen (SG)|
Niederurnen is first mentioned either before 1045 or between 1077 and 1101 as Niter Urnnen.
Niederurnen has an area, as of 2006[update], of 14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi). Of this area, 37.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 10.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (6.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
Niederurnen is located in the Glarner Unterland at the mouth of the Niederurnertal or Alpental valley. It consists of the village of Niederurnen and the industrial park of Ziegelbrücke, which is separated from the rest of the municipality by the A3 highway.
Niederurnen has a population (as of 2010) of 3,928. As of 2007[update], 24.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 7.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (83.1%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.6%) and Albanian being third ( 2.8%).
The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Niederurnen about 59.4% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Niederurnen has an unemployment rate of 1.53%. As of 2005[update], there were 65 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 24 businesses involved in this sector. 798 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 47 businesses in this sector. 1,145 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 161 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
Niederurnen is located on the A3 motorway.
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