Zofingen

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Zofingen
Zofingen -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Zofingen
Canton Aargau
District Zofingen
47°17′N 7°56′E / 47.283°N 7.933°E / 47.283; 7.933Coordinates: 47°17′N 7°56′E / 47.283°N 7.933°E / 47.283; 7.933
Population 10,819 (Dec 2012)[1]
- Density 976 /km2 (2,527 /sq mi)
Area 11.09 km2 (4.28 sq mi)[2]
Elevation 439 m (1,440 ft)
Postal code 4800
SFOS number 4289
Mayor Stadtammann (list)
Hans-Ruedi Hottiger Ind.
(as of 2014)
Surrounded by Bottenwil, Brittnau, Oftringen, Safenwil, Strengelbach, Uerkheim, Wikon (LU)
Website www.zofingen.ch
SFSO statistics
Zofingen is located in Switzerland
Zofingen
Zofingen

Zofingen (French: Zofingue) is a city in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. It is the capital of the district of Zofingen. Zofingen is a walled city and home of an ancient monastic settlement.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1201 by the counts of Frohburg.

Geography[edit]

Zofingen

Zofingen has an area, as of 2009, of 11.09 square kilometers (4.28 sq mi). Of this area, 2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi) or 18.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 5.25 km2 (2.03 sq mi) or 47.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.67 km2 (1.42 sq mi) or 33.1% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.07 km2 (17 acres) or 0.6% is either rivers or lakes.[3]

Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 4.6% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 17.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 7.0%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 3.1%. Out of the forested land, 46.0% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 4.3% is used for growing crops and 12.2% is pastures, while 2.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.[3]

The municipality of Uerkheim is considering a merger on 1 January 2014 into Zofingen.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Bendy of Four Gules and Argent.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Zofingen has a population (as of December 2012) of 10,819[1] As of June 2009, 15.8% of the population are foreign nationals.[6] Over the last 10 years (1997–2007) the population has changed at a rate of 14.7%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German(88.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 3.4%) and Portuguese being third ( 1.4%).[7]

The age distribution, as of 2008, in Zofingen is; 895 children or 8.4% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 1,010 teenagers or 9.5% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 1,525 people or 14.3% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 1,607 people or 15.0% are between 30 and 39, 1,678 people or 15.7% are between 40 and 49, and 1,381 people or 12.9% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 1,095 people or 10.2% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 894 people or 8.4% are between 70 and 79, there are 509 people or 4.8% who are between 80 and 89,and there are 93 people or 0.9% who are 90 and older.[8]

The historical population is given in the following table:[8]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1975 8,887 —    
1980 8,758 −1.5%
1990 8,653 −1.2%
2000 8,675 +0.3%

Housing[edit]

As of 2000, there were 554 homes with 1 or 2 persons in the household, 2,318 homes with 3 or 4 persons in the household, and 1,338 homes with 5 or more persons in the household.[9] As of 2000, there were 4,328 private households (homes and apartments) in the municipality, and an average of 2.1 persons per household.[7] In 2008 there were 1,318 single family homes (or 25.0% of the total) out of a total of 5,269 homes and apartments.[10] There were a total of 54 empty apartments for a 1.0% vacancy rate.[10] As of 2007, the construction rate of new housing units was 6.5 new units per 1000 residents.[7]

As of 2003 the average price to rent an average apartment in Zofingen was 1063.57 Swiss francs (CHF) per month (US$850, £480, €680 approx. exchange rate from 2003). The average rate for a one room apartment was 592.19 CHF (US$470, £270, €380), a two room apartment was about 787.80 CHF (US$630, £350, €500), a three room apartment was about 937.35 CHF (US$750, £420, €600) and a six or more room apartment cost an average of 1694.74 CHF (US$1360, £760, €1080). The average apartment price in Zofingen was 95.3% of the national average of 1116 CHF.[11]

Politics[edit]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 27.78% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SP (23.15%), the FDP (17.17%) and the Green Party (9.73%). In the federal election, a total of 3,746 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 48.7%.[12]

Mayors of Zofingen[edit]

In office Stadtammann Party Born/died Notes
1914–1930 Hans Suter FDP (1860–1930)
1930–1947 Hans Bertschi FDP
1948–1953 Adolf Lerch FDP
1954–1973 Walther Leber FDP
1974–1992 Willy Loretan FDP
1992–2006 Urs Locher FDP
From 2006 Hans-Ruedi Hottiger (independent) (born 1953)

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

There are ten buildings or sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The oldest is the Roman era farm house with mosaic floors at Hirzeberg. The former armory at General-Guisan-Strasse 12 and the former Quarantine house (German: Siechenhaus) at Aarburgerstrasse 21 are also on the list. Three educational buildings; the municipal Schoolhouse at General-Guisan-Strasse 14, the Museum at General-Guisan-Strasse 18 and the city library (German: Stadtbibliothek Zofingen) at Hintere Hauptgasse 20, are on the list. The rest of the list includes; Heiternplatz (Heitern plaza), the small monastery (German: Klösterli) at Klösterligasse 2, The City Hall Building at Rathausgasse 4 and a dairy farm at Hintere Hauptstrasse 9, 14.[13]

The entire village of Zofingen is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.[14]

Economy[edit]

Headquarters of Ringier AG

Zofingen is home to several large companies. These include Ringier AG, one of the largest media corporations, Siegfried Ltd, a manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry, and Muller Martini, a global company that manufactures print finishing systems.[15]

As of 2007, Zofingen had an unemployment rate of 3.19%. As of 2005, there were 108 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 33 businesses involved in this sector. 4,236 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 121 businesses in this sector. 4,514 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 565 businesses in this sector.[7]

In 2000 there were 4,377 workers who lived in the municipality. Of these, 2,352 or about 53.7% of the residents worked outside Zofingen while 6,538 people commuted into the municipality for work. There were a total of 8,563 jobs (of at least 6 hours per week) in the municipality.[16] Of the working population, 14.2% used public transportation to get to work, and 45.3% used a private car.[7]

Religion[edit]

Zofingen downtown church

From the 2000 census, 2,879 or 30.5% were Roman Catholic, while 4,659 or 49.4% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 32 individuals (or about 0.34% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic faith.[9]

Education[edit]

In Zofingen about 76.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[7] Of the school age population (in the 2008/2009 school year), there are 619 students attending primary school, there are 255 students attending secondary school, there are 378 students attending tertiary or university level schooling in the municipality.[9]

Zofingen is home to 2 libraries. These libraries include; the Stadtbibliothek Zofingen and the Bildungszentrum Zofingen. There was a combined total (as of 2008) of 158,351 books or other media in the libraries, and in the same year a total of 222,191 items were loaned out.[17]

Famous natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Canton of Aargau Statistical Office, MS Excel document – Bevölkerungsbestand 2012 nach Gemeinde, Geschlecht u. Nationalität (per 31. Dezember 2012)] (German) accessed 23 July 2013
  2. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
  4. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 14 January 2010
  5. ^ Flags of the World.com accessed 15-June-2010
  6. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bereich 01 -Bevölkerung (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  7. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 15-June-2010
  8. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bevölkerungsdaten für den Kanton Aargau und die Gemeinden (Archiv) (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  9. ^ a b c Statistical Department of Canton Aargau - Aargauer Zahlen 2009 (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  10. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  11. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Rental prices 2003 data (German) accessed 26 May 2010
  12. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  13. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte: Aargau". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  14. ^ ISOS site accessed 15-June-2010
  15. ^ Zofingen city website, Industry section (German) accessed 15 June 2010
  16. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau-Bereich 11 Verkehr und Nachrichtenwesen (German) accessed 21 January 2010
  17. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, list of libraries (German) accessed 14 May 2010

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