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Bäretswil - Hinterburg im Tösstal 2011-09-23 12-52-50.JPG
Coat of arms of Bäretswil
Coat of arms
Location of Bäretswil
Bäretswil is located in Switzerland
Bäretswil is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°20′N 8°51′E / 47.333°N 8.850°E / 47.333; 8.850Coordinates: 47°20′N 8°51′E / 47.333°N 8.850°E / 47.333; 8.850
 • Total22.19 km2 (8.57 sq mi)
702 m (2,303 ft)
Highest elevation1,074 m (3,524 ft)
Lowest elevation
616 m (2,021 ft)
 • Total5,038
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number0111
LocalitiesBäretswil, Adetswil; Bettswil, Fehrenwaldsberg, Kleinbäretswil, Tisenwaldsberg, Wappenswil, Neuthal, Hof, Hinterburg, Tanne, Ghöch
Surrounded byBauma, Fischenthal, Hinwil, Hittnau, Pfäffikon, Wetzikon
SFSO statistics

Bäretswil is a municipality in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Bäretswil is first mentioned in 741 as Berofovilare. In 745 it was mentioned as Perolfeswilari.[3]


Cotton mill in the Neuthal section of Bäretswil

Bäretswil has an area of 22.2 km2 (8.6 sq mi). Of this area, 51.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 39.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 8.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 5.4% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (2.8%).[5] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.2% of the area. As of 2007 4.7% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[5]

The municipality is located in the hills between the Glatt and Töss Valleys. It includes the villages of Bäretswil and Adetswil as well as the hamlets of Bettswil, Wappenswil, Hof-Neuthal, Tanne and Klein Bäretswil and scattered individual homes.

The old cotton mill, pictured, now houses museums of spinning and weaving machinery.


Bäretswil has a population (as of 31 December 2017) of 5,038.[6] As of 2007, 8.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 49.9% male and 50.1% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 10.2%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 1.7%) and Albanian being third ( 1.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 46.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CSP (16.8%), the SPS (9%) and the FDP (8.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.7% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 10.9%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Bäretswil about 80.3% 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 1649 households in Bäretswil.[5]

Bäretswil has an unemployment rate of 1.37%. As of 2005, there were 204 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 73 businesses involved in this sector. 312 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 70 businesses in this sector. 549 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 120 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 47.6% of the working population were employed full-time, and 52.4% were employed part-time.[5]

As of 2008 there were 898 Catholics and 2444 Protestants in Bäretswil. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 60.4% were some type of Protestant, with 56.1% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 4.3% belonging to other Protestant churches. 22.1% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 3.4% belonged to another religion (not listed), 2.9% did not give a religion, and 10.7% were atheist or agnostic.[5]

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

year population
1470 45 households
1629 1,244/494a
1723 1,216
1771 2,698
1810 3,549
1850 3,237
1900 2,698
1941 2,317
1970 2,733
1990 3,782
^a Population before and after the plague.


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Bilanz der ständigen Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Staatsangehörigkeit (Kategorie), Geschlecht und demographischen Komponenten". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bäretswil in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine accessed 06-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (in German) accessed 4 August 2009
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 17 September 2018

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