Aesch, Zürich

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Aesch ZH Dorfkern.JPG
Coat of arms of Aesch
Coat of arms
Aesch is located in Switzerland
Aesch is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°20′N 8°26′E / 47.333°N 8.433°E / 47.333; 8.433Coordinates: 47°20′N 8°26′E / 47.333°N 8.433°E / 47.333; 8.433
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Dietikon
 • Total 5.24 km2 (2.02 sq mi)
Elevation 540 m (1,770 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 1,198
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Postal code 8904
SFOS number 0241
Surrounded by Arni (AG), Birmensdorf, Bonstetten, Islisberg (AG), Oberwil-Lieli (AG), Wettswil am Albis
SFSO statistics

Aesch is a municipality in the district of Dietikon in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. Until 2001 it was known as Aesch bei Birmensdorf.

Historic house


Aesch is first mentioned in 1184 as Asche. After the 15th Century it was often mentioned as Esch ennend Albis.[3]


Aesch has an area of 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi). Of this area, 57.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 33.3% is forested. The rest of the land, (9%) is settled.[4]

Tower house


Aesch has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 1,198.[2] As of 2007, 7.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.1%), with English being second most common ( 2.0%) and Italian being third ( 1.3%).

Municipal Administration and Post Office

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 46% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (15.7%), the SPS (11.8%) and the CVP (9.4%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 20.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 67.8% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 11.3%. In Aesch about 88.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Aesch has an unemployment rate of 1.47%. As of 2005, there were 58 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 23 businesses involved in this sector. 51 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 5 businesses in this sector. 229 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 42 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 34% of the working population is employed full-time, and 66% is employed part-time.

As of 2008 there were 259 Catholics and 522 Protestants in Aesch. In the 2000 census religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 57.4% was some type of Protestant, with 56% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 1.4% belonging to other Protestant churches. 27.2% of the population are Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% is Muslim, 1.6% belong to another religion, 0.6% did not give a religion, and 13.2% is atheist or agnostic.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1467 7 Households
1634 234
1850 442
1900 288
1970 472
2000 950


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 27 April 2016
  3. ^ a b Aesch in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 04-Aug-2009
  5. ^ Statistics (German) accessed 4 August 2009

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