Raunheim

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Raunheim
Coat of arms of Raunheim
Coat of arms
Raunheim   is located in Germany
Raunheim
Raunheim
Coordinates: 50°01′N 08°27′E / 50.017°N 8.450°E / 50.017; 8.450Coordinates: 50°01′N 08°27′E / 50.017°N 8.450°E / 50.017; 8.450
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Groß-Gerau
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Jühe
Area
 • Total 13.01 km2 (5.02 sq mi)
Elevation 89.5 m (293.6 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,869
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65479
Dialling codes 06142
Vehicle registration GG
Website www.raunheim.de

Raunheim is a town in Groß-Gerau district in Hesse, Germany and a part of the Frankfurt Urban Region as well as the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Raunheim lies in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region between Frankfurt am Main (24 km southwest of downtown) and Mainz on the south bank of the Main, 3 km northeast of Rüsselsheim.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Raunheim borders in the north on the towns of Hattersheim am Main (Main-Taunus-Kreis) and Kelsterbach, in the east on the district-free city of Frankfurt am Main, in the south on the town of Rüsselsheim, and in the west on the town of Flörsheim am Main (Main-Taunus-Kreis).

Constituent communities[edit]

Raunheim consists of only one constituent community.

History[edit]

In 1425 Count John IV. of Katzenelnbogen bought the villages Seilfurt und Raunheim for 5000 florin from the Lords of Eppstein.[2]

Politics[edit]

Town council[edit]

The town council for Raunheim consists of 32 councillors. The municipal elections on 18 March 2001 yielded the following results:

SPD 17 seats
CDU 9 seats
Greens 3 seats
FDP 3 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

Raunheim's civic coat of arms have no clear meaning. The charge in the arms is first known from a document dating from 1625. The seal used on the document likely dates back further. The ringlike charge is also seen on 18th-century town limit markers. The arms were granted in 1926.[1]

Town partnerships[edit]

Raunheim maintains partnership links with the following towns:

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

The town's advantageous location on the Main and near the airport and Autobahn led to quick growth after the Second World War (1945 population: 3,600) and to its becoming an important industrial location. Several thousand jobs are set to arise soon on the former Caltex refinery's old lands.

Transport[edit]

The interchange on Autobahn A 3 is about 2 km away. Frankfurt International Airport lies 8 km away. Raunheim also has S-Bahn connections to Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Being near the airport is not an advantage in every way, since Raunheim lies on the airport approach. With certain wind conditions (officially: operational direction 07), the approaching aircraft fly about 300 m over the town, reaching a noise level of 70 dB, peaking at 90 dB, making Raunheim the airport area community most strongly affected by aircraft noise. This has led the town to develop a noise reduction plan. A citizen initiative is fighting against airport expansion.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Raunheim also has a popular bathing lake right at the edge of the forest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). September 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.graf-von-katzenelnbogen.de/ Raunheim, The History of the County of Katzenelnbogen and the First Riesling of the World
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

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