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For the town in France, see Sternenberg, Haut-Rhin.
Sternenberg -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Sternenberg
Canton Zurich
District Pfäffikon
47°23′N 8°55′E / 47.383°N 8.917°E / 47.383; 8.917Coordinates: 47°23′N 8°55′E / 47.383°N 8.917°E / 47.383; 8.917
Population 353 (Dec 2013)[1]
- Density 40 /km2 (104 /sq mi)
Area 8.72 km2 (3.37 sq mi)[2]
Elevation 870 m (2,854 ft)
Postal code 8499
SFOS number 0179
Surrounded by Bauma, Fischingen (TG), Fischenthal, Mosnang (SG), Wila
SFSO statistics
Sternenberg is located in Switzerland

Sternenberg is a municipality in the district of Pfäffikon in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Sternenberg has an area of 8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi). Of this area, 37.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 58% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 2.3% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (1.5%).[4] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0% of the area. As of 2007 0.9% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[4]


Sternenberg has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 353.[1] As of 2007, 4.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 51.3% male and 48.7% female. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -1.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (98.0%), with French being second most common ( 0.3%) and English being third ( 0.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 43.4% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (22.5%), the CSP (15.7%) and the Green Party (10.2%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 24.6% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 58.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 17.2%. In Sternenberg about 76.5% 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 140 households in Sternenberg.[4]

Sternenberg has an unemployment rate of 1.8%. As of 2005, there were 48 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 22 businesses involved in this sector. 33 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 9 businesses in this sector. 46 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 11 businesses in this sector.[3] As of 2007 41% of the working population were employed full-time, and 59% were employed part-time.[4]

As of 2008 there were 59 Catholics and 206 Protestants in Sternenberg. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 65.6% were some type of Protestant, with 62.2% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 3.4% belonging to other Protestant churches. 13.5% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 2% belonged to another religion (not listed), 2.6% did not give a religion, and 16% were atheist or agnostic.[4]


  1. ^ a b Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
  2. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 11-Aug-2009
  4. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009

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