|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|• Total||4.62 km2 (1.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||680 m (2,230 ft)|
|• Density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Aesch, Altwis, Buttwil (AG), Hitzkirch, Müswangen, Schongau, Sulz|
Profile (German), SFSO statistics
Hämikon is first mentioned in 924 as Hamminchova.
Hämikon has an area of 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi). Of this area, 66.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 27.4% is forested. The rest of the land, (5.8%) is settled. The municipality is located on the western slope of the Lindenberg mountain. On 21 May 2006 an attempt to merge the Hitzkirch and the surrounding 10 municipalities failed, when five of the eleven voted against the merger. A less ambitious merger was then proposed and accepted, with the municipalities of Gelfingen, Hämikon, Mosen, Müswangen, Retschwil and Sulz joining Hitzkirch.
Hämikon has a population (as of 2007[update]) of 474, of which 3.6% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 11.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (97.5%), with Portuguese being second most common ( 0.9%) and Albanian being third ( 0.9%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 33.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 7.7%. In Hämikon about 70.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Hämikon has an unemployment rate of 1.16%. As of 2005[update], there were 69 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 22 businesses involved in this sector. 18 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 3 businesses in this sector. 42 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 7 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
- Hämikon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2011-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 18-Aug-2009
- "Die Fusion im Hitzkirchertal kommt nicht zustande – fünf Gemeinden sagen nein – auch Hitzkirch" (Press release) (in German). Kanton Luzern, Staatskanzlei. 21 May 2006. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- Canton of Lucerne, Office of Municipalities Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 18 August 2009
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