Birkenfeld, Bavaria

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Birkenfeld
Church in Birkenfeld
Church in Birkenfeld
Coat of arms of Birkenfeld
Coat of arms
Birkenfeld  is located in Germany
Birkenfeld
Birkenfeld
Coordinates: 49°52′N 9°42′E / 49.867°N 9.700°E / 49.867; 9.700Coordinates: 49°52′N 9°42′E / 49.867°N 9.700°E / 49.867; 9.700
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Unterfranken
District Main-Spessart
Municipal assoc. Marktheidenfeld
Government
 • Mayor Werner Schebler (FW)
Area
 • Total 29.15 km2 (11.25 sq mi)
Elevation 206 m (676 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,121
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 97834
Dialling codes 09398
Vehicle registration MSP
Website www.gemeinde-birkenfeld.de

Birkenfeld is a community in the Main-Spessart district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany and a member of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft (Administrative Community) of Marktheidenfeld.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Birkenfeld lies in the Main Spessart Region.

The community has the following Gemarkungen (traditional rural cadastral areas): Billingshausen, Birkenfeld.

History[edit]

As part of the Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg, Birkenfeld passed with the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803 to the Counts of Löwenstein-Wertheim. In 1806 it became part of the mediatized Amt of Steinfeld, which in 1816 was ceded to Austria. In the Generalrezess of Frankfurt in 1819, it passed to Bavaria.

Population development[edit]

Within town limits, 1,862 inhabitants were counted in 1970, 1,936 in 1987 and in 2000 2,127. Billingshausen has about 400 inhabitants.

Politics[edit]

The mayor is Werner Schebler (Freie Wählergemeinschaft).

Municipal taxes in 1999 amounted to €924,000 (converted), of which net business taxes amounted to €141,000.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

According to official statistics, there were 4 workers on the social welfare contribution rolls working in agriculture and forestry in 1998. In producing businesses this was 111, and in trade and transport 27. In other areas, 69 workers on the social welfare contribution rolls were employed, and 867 such workers worked from home. There were 5 processing businesses. Five businesses were in construction, and furthermore, in 1999, there were 46 agricultural operations with a working area of 2 374 ha, of which 2 231 ha was cropland and 140 ha was meadowland.

Education[edit]

In 1999 the following institutions existed in Birkenfeld:

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Alfons Klühspies, painter (b. 1899 in Birkenfeld; d. 1975 in Würzburg)

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