|• Total||18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)|
|Elevation||455 m (1,493 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2015)|
|• Density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Bubikon, Egg, Grüningen, Hinwil, Mönchaltorf, Uster, Wetzikon|
Gossau is a municipality in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. Besides the village of Gossau itself, the municipality includes the settlements of Bertschikon, Grüt, Herschmettlen and Ottikon.
Gossau is first mentioned in 859 as Cozzesouwo.
- Jakob Falk (*15th or 16th century; † 5. September 1528 in Zurich), martyr of the Swiss Anabaptist movement
- Ernst Brugger (*10. März 1914; † 20. Juni 1998), politician
Gossau has an area of 18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi). Of this area, 67% is used for agricultural purposes, while 14.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 17.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.8%) is non-productive (streams and non-productive vegetation). In 1996[update] housing and buildings made up 12% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (5.9%). Of the total unproductive area, water (i.e. streams) made up 0.4% of the area. As of 2007[update] 11.7% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.
The municipality is made up of five sections; Gossau (with the church settlement of Berg), Bertschikon, Grüt, Herschmettlen and Ottikon. It stretches through the uppermost section of the Glatt valley. The topography is littered with ice age moraines (known as Drumlins) and basin of the former Gossauer Ried (Gossauer moor).
Mayor is Jörg Kündig (FDP, 2014).
|Member of the municipal council (2014–2018)|
|Daniel Baldenweg||1998||high-building and planning||EVP|
|Marc Huber||2002||underground work||independent|
|Elisabeth Pflugshaupt||2014||property, business, culture and sport||SVP|
|Sylvia Veraguth Bamert||2010||society||PFP (Political podium of women Gossau)|
Gossau has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 9,744. As of 2007[update], 10.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008[update] 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 12.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (92.4%), with Italian being second most common ( 2.0%) and Portuguese being third ( 1.2%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.5% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62.5% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 11%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Gossau about 82% 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 3442 households in Gossau.
Gossau has an unemployment rate of 1.38%. As of 2005[update], there were 327 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 72 businesses involved in this sector. 922 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 99 businesses in this sector. 1045 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 243 businesses in this sector. As of 2007[update] 50% of the working population were employed full-time, and 50% were employed part-time.
As of 2008[update] there were 2458 Catholics and 4523 Protestants in Gossau. In the 2000 census[update], religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 56.4% were some type of Protestant, with 51.4% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 4.9% belonging to other Protestant churches. 25.5% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 2.9% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.2% did not give a religion, and 11.8% were atheist or agnostic.
The historical population is given in the following table:
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 27 April 2016
- Gossau in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 06-Aug-2009
- Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
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