Subdivisions of Zürich

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The municipality of Zürich is divided into twelve districts (known as Kreis in German), numbered 1 to 12, each one of which may contain anywhere between 1 and 4 neighborhoods. There are a total of 34 neighborhoods. Zürich is also divided into 25 postal areas, roughly corresponding to small districts and neighborhoods of larger districts.

Two large expansions of the city limits occurred in 1893 and in 1934 when the city of Zürich merged with many surrounding municipalities, that had been growing increasingly together since the 19th century. Most of the district boundaries are fairly similar to the original boundaries of the previously existing municipalities before they were incorporated into the city of Zürich.

Each district has a district office, which serves as an official registrar and provides various administrative functions. Larger neighborhoods also have their own neighborhood office.

Politically, the significance of the districts has diminished, especially in elections where smaller districts have aligned with larger districts on some issues, forming between five and nine constituencies. School districts are no longer aligned with districts, as well as Civil Law notaries and church parishes.

Zürich Districts
Zürich Neighborhoods
Zürich Postal Areas
District Location Coat of Arms Neighborhood BFS-Code Incorporation Area
in km²
Population
2005
Non-Swiss Citizens
District 1
Altstadt
Zürich District 1
Rathaus
Hochschulen
Lindenhof
City
261011
261012
261013
261014
before 1893
before 1893
before 1893
before 1893
0.38
0.56
0.23
0.64
3,081
695
950
846
23.9%
27.5%
20.3%
28.3%
District 2 District 2
Wollihofen
Leimbach
Enge
Wollishofen
Leimbach
Enge
261021
261023
261024
1893
1893
1893
5.75
2.92
2.40
15,592
4,867
8,375
22.9%
23.0%
26.0%
District 3
Wiedikon
District 3
Wiedikon
Friesenberg
 
Alt-Wiedikon
Friesenberg
Sihlfeld
261031
261033
261034
1893
1893
1893
1.85
5.15
1.64
14,971
10,360
20,554
32.3%
22.9%
36.5%
District 4
Aussersihl
District 4 Aussersihl
Werd
Langstrasse
Hard
261041
261042
261044
1893
1893
1893
0.31
1.13
1.46
3,878
10,368
12,715
33.2%
41.5%
46.2%
District 5
Industriequartier
District 5 Industriequartier
Gewerbeschule
Escher Wyss
261051
261052
1893
1893
0.73
1.27
9,690
2,727
39.3%
26.1%
District 6 District 6
Unterstrass
Oberstrass
Unterstrass
Oberstrass
261061
261062
1893
1893
2.46
2.64
19,921
9,494
23.6%
24.7%
District 7 District 7
Fluntern
Hottingen
Hirslanden
Witikon
Fluntern
Hottingen
Hirslanden
Witikon
261071
261072
261073
261074
1893
1893
1893
1934
2.84
5.05
2.20
4.93
7,325
10,100
6,859
9,864
23.7%
23.6%
19.4%
17.3%
District 8
Riesbach
District 8 Riesbach
Seefeld
Mühlebach
Weinegg
261081
261082
261083
1893
1893
1893
2.45
0.63
1.72
4,923
5,577
4,843
28.7%
24.6%
25.3%
District 9 District 9
Albisrieden
Altstetten
Albisrieden
Altstetten
261091
261092
1934
1934
4.60
7.47
17,226
28,278
25.6%
37.0%
District 10 District 10
Höngg
Wipkingen
Höngg
Wipkingen
261101
261102
1934
1893
6.98
2.11
20,773
15,446
19.6%
31.1%
District 11 District 11
Affoltern
Oerlikon
Seebach
Affoltern
Oerlikon
Seebach
261111
261115
261119
1934
1934
1934
6.04
2.67
4.72
18,733
19,585
19,879
30.6%
33.7%
36.0%
District 12
Schwamendingen
District 12 Schwamendingen
Saatlen
Schwamendingen Mitte
Hirzenbach
261121
261122
261123
1934
1934
1934
1.13
2.23
2.62
6,727
10,322
11,265
31.6%
40.6%
37.5%
Zürich Zürich Districts Zürich       91.88 366'809 30.2%

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References[edit]

"Zurich Neighborhoods, Locations and Districts". TravelSmart Ltd. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.