|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|• Total||15.86 km2 (6.12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||420 m (1,380 ft)|
|Population (December 2017)|
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Benken (SG), Niederurnen, Reichenburg (SZ), Schänis (SG), Schübelbach (SZ)|
Bilten is first mentioned in 1050 as Billitun.
Bilten has an area, as of 2006[update], of 15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi). Of this area, 37.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 50.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 8.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
Bilten was the most northerly municipality in the canton and is located on the southern end of the Linth river. It consists of the linear village of Bilten, with the village sections of Ober-, Unterbilten and Rufi, and the hamlet of Ussbühl which is located on the border with the Canton of Schwyz.
Bilten had a population (as of 2010) of 2,001. As of 2007[update], 28.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6.7%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (79.4%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 5.5%) and Italian being third ( 3.9%).
Bilten has an unemployment rate of 1.66%. As of 2005[update], there were 66 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 26 businesses involved in this sector. 509 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 30 businesses in this sector. 241 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 49 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
The municipality is located on the A3 motorway.
Bilten railway station is a stop of the Zurich S-Bahn service S2. It is the penultimate stop on the S2 line southbound before Ziegelbrücke where the train terminates. In the other direction, the S2 heads towards Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich Flughafen and finally Effretikon.
- Bilten in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 10-Sep-2009
- Canton Glarus population growth Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 9 September 2009
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