Affoltern am Albis

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Affoltern am Albis
Coat of arms of Affoltern am Albis
Coat of arms
Affoltern am Albis is located in Switzerland
Affoltern am Albis
Affoltern am Albis
Affoltern am Albis is located in Canton of Zurich
Affoltern am Albis
Affoltern am Albis
Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°27′E / 47.283°N 8.450°E / 47.283; 8.450Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°27′E / 47.283°N 8.450°E / 47.283; 8.450
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Affoltern
 • Executive Gemeinderat
with 7 members
 • Mayor Gemeindepräsident
Clemens Grötsch unrelated
 • Parliament none (Gemeindeversammlung)
 • Total 10.61 km2 (4.10 sq mi)
Elevation (Central crossing near church) 491 m (1,611 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 11,695
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Postal code 8910
SFOS number 0002
Localities Zwillikon, Ferenbach, Loh, Unterdorf, Oberdorf
Surrounded by Aeugst am Albis, Hedingen, Jonen (AG), Mettmenstetten, Obfelden, Ottenbach, Stallikon
SFSO statistics

Affoltern am Albis (abbreviated as Affoltern a.A.) is a statistic town and a municipality in the district of Affoltern in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

The official language of Affoltern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.


Affoltern is first mentioned in 1190 as Afiltre.[3]


Affoltern Church

Affoltern has an area of 10.6 km2 (4.1 sq mi). Of this area, 45.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 25% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located west of the Albis hills in the moraine landscape around the Reuss. It was created in the 19th Century through the merger of Ober- and Unteraffoltern, Zwillikon and Loo-Fehrenbach.


Affoltern has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 11,695.[2] As of 2007, 25.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 9.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (82.5%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.0%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 3.7%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 37.5% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (17.3%), the FDP (11.4%) and the CSP (11.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 25.2% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 12.3%. In Affoltern about 71% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Affoltern has an unemployment rate of 2.8%. As of 2005, there were 85 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 33 businesses involved in this sector. 1238 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 126 businesses in this sector. 3533 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 441 businesses in this sector.[4] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
until about 1700 100-250
1736 1,060
1850 1,855
1900 2,779
1950 3,484
2000 10,314


Affoltern am Albis railway station is a stop and a terminal station of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S5 and S14 respectively. Its train station is a 28-minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.

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