|• Total||25.26 km2 (9.75 sq mi)|
|Elevation||763 m (2,503 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2013)|
|• Density||370/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Dürnten, Eschenbach (SG), Fischenthal, Goldingen (SG), Hinwil, Rüti|
Wald is mentioned for the first time in a document from 1217. In the year 1621 the municipality received market rights.
During the process of industrialization it had numerous spinning mills and weaving mills.
Wald has an area of 25.2 km2 (9.7 sq mi). Of this area, 53.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 33.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 12% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). In 1996[update] housing and buildings made up 8% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (4.1%). Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.2% of the area. As of 2007[update] 8.6% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.
Wald has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 9,314. As of 2007[update], 23.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008[update] the gender distribution of the population was 50% male and 50% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (83.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.2%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 2.8%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.2% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57.6% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.2%. In Wald about 65.2% 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 3369 households in Wald.
Wald has an unemployment rate of 2.46%. As of 2005[update], there were 235 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 98 businesses involved in this sector. 959 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 113 businesses in this sector. 1806 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 269 businesses in this sector. As of 2007[update] 45.5% of the working population were employed full-time, and 54.5% were employed part-time.
As of 2008[update] there were 2779 Catholics and 3377 Protestants in Wald. In the 2000 census[update], religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 43.9% were some type of Protestant, with 41.2% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 2.7% belonging to other Protestant churches. 32.6% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 10.5% belonged to another religion (not listed), 4.2% did not give a religion, and 8.4% were atheist or agnostic.
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 06-Aug-2009
- Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
Media related to Wald ZH at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (German)