|Population||13,866 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||1,614 /km2 (4,181 /sq mi)|
|Area||8.58 km2 (3.31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||408 m (1,339 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Freienbach (SZ), Hombrechtikon, Männedorf, Oetwil am See, Richterswil, Wädenswil|
Stäfa has an area of 8.6 km2 (3.3 sq mi). Of this area, 46.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 18.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 34% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). In 1996[update] housing and buildings made up 26.7% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (7.2%). Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.5% of the area. As of 2007[update] 35.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.
In the local dialect it is called Stäfa.
The villages of Kehlhof and Uerikon are politically part of the town. Stäfa is linked with the German poet Goethe who once stayed overnight in the town. It was named after the Scottish island of Staffa by a monk from Iona.
Stäfa has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 13,866. As of 2007[update], 16.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008[update] the gender distribution of the population was 48.6% male and 51.4% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 22%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (88.6%), with Italian being second most common ( 3.3%) and Albanian being third ( 1.4%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 20.7% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 63.1% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.2%. In Stäfa about 80.5% 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 5179 households in Stäfa.
Stäfa has an unemployment rate of 2.14%. As of 2005[update], there were 153 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 34 businesses involved in this sector. 1592 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 103 businesses in this sector. 2551 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 508 businesses in this sector. As of 2007[update] 55.3% of the working population were employed full-time, and 44.7% were employed part-time.
As of 2008[update] there were 3545 Catholics and 6005 Protestants in Stäfa. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census[update], 50.9% were some type of Protestant, with 47.5% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 3.4% belonging to other Protestant churches. 27.2% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 3.2% were Muslim, 4.3% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.6% did not give a religion, and 13.6% were atheist or agnostic.
Stäfa railway station is a stop of the S-Bahn Zürich on the line S7. In the summer there are regular boats to Zurich as well as along the lake to Rapperswil, run by the Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG).
- Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 1 May 2013
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 10-Aug-2009
- Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
- Kanton Zürich, Statistisches Amt: Region Pfannenstiel (German)
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
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