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Coat of arms of Kirchleerau
Coat of arms
Kirchleerau is located in Switzerland
Kirchleerau is located in Canton of Aargau
Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°4′E / 47.283°N 8.067°E / 47.283; 8.067Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°4′E / 47.283°N 8.067°E / 47.283; 8.067
Country Switzerland
Canton Aargau
District Zofingen
 • Total 4.36 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
Elevation 512 m (1,680 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 843
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Postal code 5054
SFOS number 4275
Surrounded by Moosleerau, Schlossrued, Schmiedrued, Staffelbach
SFSO statistics

Kirchleerau is a municipality in the district of Zofingen in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland.


Kirchleerau is first mentioned in 1248 as Lerowe.[3]


Kirchleerau has an area, as of 2009, of 4.36 square kilometers (1.68 sq mi). Of this area, 1.81 km2 (0.70 sq mi) or 41.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.18 km2 (0.84 sq mi) or 50.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.37 km2 (0.14 sq mi) or 8.5% is settled (buildings or roads).[4]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 4.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 2.5%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 21.6% is used for growing crops and 18.1% is pastures, while 1.8% is used for orchards or vine crops.[4]

The municipality is located in the Zofingen district, in an eastern side valley to the Suhre river valley (Suhrental).

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure a Church Argent windowed and doored Sable and roofed Gules on a Base Vert. The church (German: Kirche) makes this an example of canting.[5]


Kirchleerau has a population (as of December 2015) of 843[6] As of June 2009, 6.4% of the population are foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (1997–2007) the population has changed at a rate of 1.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German(97.3%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 1.0%) and French being third ( 0.3%).[8]

The age distribution, as of 2008, in Kirchleerau is; 64 children or 8.6% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 74 teenagers or 9.9% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 82 people or 11.0% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 117 people or 15.7% are between 30 and 39, 130 people or 17.4% are between 40 and 49, and 114 people or 15.3% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 85 people or 11.4% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 49 people or 6.6% are between 70 and 79, there are 28 people or 3.8% who are between 80 and 89,and there are 3 people or 0.4% who are 90 and older.[9]

As of 2000 the average number of residents per living room was 0.5 which is fewer people per room than the cantonal average of 0.57 per room. In this case, a room is defined as space of a housing unit of at least 4 m2 (43 sq ft) as normal bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and habitable cellars and attics.[10] About 63% of the total households were owner occupied, or in other words did not pay rent (though they may have a mortgage or a rent-to-own agreement).[11]

As of 2000, there were 17 homes with 1 or 2 persons in the household, 121 homes with 3 or 4 persons in the household, and 146 homes with 5 or more persons in the household.[12] As of 2000, there were 296 private households (homes and apartments) in the municipality, and an average of 2.3 persons per household.[8] In 2008 there were 163 single family homes (or 51.4% of the total) out of a total of 317 homes and apartments.[13] There were a total of 0 empty apartments for a 0.0% vacancy rate.[13] As of 2007, the construction rate of new housing units was 4 new units per 1000 residents.[8]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 49.07% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (12.87%), the SP (12.75%) and the CVP (7.18%). In the federal election, a total of 283 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 47.9%.[14]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3][9]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1764 236 —    
1850 688 +191.5%
1900 478 −30.5%
1950 520 +8.8%
1990 660 +26.9%
2000 701 +6.2%


As of 2007, Kirchleerau had an unemployment rate of 1.61%. As of 2005, there were 67 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 20 businesses involved in this sector. 94 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 9 businesses in this sector. 442 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 21 businesses in this sector.[8]

In 2000 there were 414 workers who lived in the municipality. Of these, 313 or about 75.6% of the residents worked outside Kirchleerau while 128 people commuted into the municipality for work. There were a total of 229 jobs (of at least 6 hours per week) in the municipality.[15] Of the working population, 5.9% used public transportation to get to work, and 63.7% used a private car.[8]


From the 2000 census, 126 or 18.0% were Roman Catholic, while 492 or 70.2% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church.[12]


The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Kirchleerau about 76.8% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[8] Of the school age population (in the 2008/2009 school year), there are 59 students attending primary school in the municipality.[12]


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. ^ a b Kirchleerau in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
  5. ^ Flags of the accessed 31-May-2010
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  7. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bereich 01 -Bevölkerung (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  8. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 31-May-2010
  9. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bevölkerungsdaten für den Kanton Aargau und die Gemeinden (Archiv) (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  10. ^ Eurostat. "Housing (SA1)". Urban Audit Glossary (pdf). 2007. p. 18. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Urban Audit Glossary pg 17
  12. ^ a b c Statistical Department of Canton Aargau - Aargauer Zahlen 2009 (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  13. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau (German) accessed 20 January 2010
  14. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  15. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau-Bereich 11 Verkehr und Nachrichtenwesen (German) accessed 21 January 2010