Grub, Appenzell Ausserrhoden

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Grub AR Haus.jpeg
Coat of arms of Grub
Coat of arms
Location of Grub
Grub is located in Switzerland
Grub is located in Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°30′E / 47.450°N 9.500°E / 47.450; 9.500Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°30′E / 47.450°N 9.500°E / 47.450; 9.500
CantonAppenzell Ausserrhoden
 • Total4.22 km2 (1.63 sq mi)
813 m (2,667 ft)
 • Total1,008
 • Density240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number3031
Surrounded byEggersriet (SG), Heiden, Rehetobel
SFSO statistics

Grub AR is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.


Grub is first mentioned in 1488 as uss der Gruob.[3]


Protestant church in Grub AR

Grub has an area, as of 2006, of 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi). Of this area, 53.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 33.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 12.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located in the former District of Vorderland. It consists of the village of Grub and scattered hamlets and individual farm houses. The protestant municipality of Grub AR is separated by a creek from the Catholic Grub SG (now part of the municipality of Eggersriet) in the canton of St. Gallen.


Grub has a population (as of 2008) of 1,014, of which about 9.3% are foreign nationals.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -1.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (94.4%), with Spanish being second most common ( 1.0%) and Italian being third ( 0.5%).[4]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.[6] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Grub is; 90 people or 8.7% of the population are between 0–6 years old. 163 people or 15.7% are 6-15, and 50 people or 4.8% are 16-19. Of the adult population, 44 people or 4.2% of the population are between 20–24 years old. 283 people or 27.3% are 25-44, and 255 people or 24.6% are 45-64. The senior population distribution is 112 people or 10.8% of the population are between 65–79 years old, and 41 people or 3.9% are over 80.[6]

In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 68.3% of the vote.[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Grub about 73.8% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Grub has an unemployment rate of 1.54%. As of 2005, there were 48 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 19 businesses involved in this sector. 85 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 15 businesses in this sector. 138 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 30 businesses in this sector.[4]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3][6]

Historical population
1667 543—    
1734 890+63.9%
1818 715−19.7%
1850 967+35.2%
1900 1,017+5.2%
1950 702−31.0%
1970 623−11.3%
1980 833+33.7%
1990 1,019+22.3%
2000 1,031+1.2%
2005 1,003−2.7%
2007 1,007+0.4%


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Grub in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 15-Sep-2009
  5. ^ Brief Statistics for the half-canton Archived 2011-06-12 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  6. ^ a b c Appenzell Outer Rhodes website Archived 2009-09-13 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009

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