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Coat of arms of Mönchaltorf
Coat of arms
Location of Mönchaltorf
Mönchaltorf is located in Switzerland
Mönchaltorf is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°43′E / 47.317°N 8.717°E / 47.317; 8.717Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°43′E / 47.317°N 8.717°E / 47.317; 8.717
 • MayorAnnemarie Beglinger
 • Total7.59 km2 (2.93 sq mi)
442 m (1,450 ft)
(Dec 2017[2])
 • Total3,735
 • Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number0196
Surrounded byEgg, Gossau, Maur, Seegräben, Uster, Wetzikon
SFSO statistics

Mönchaltorf is a municipality in the district of Uster in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Mönchaltorf is first mentioned in 741 as Villa Altorf. In 872 it was mentioned as Altorf monachorum.[3] It also holds the record for the longest Apfel Strudel.[citation needed]


Mönchaltorf as seen from Uster castle

Mönchaltorf has an area of 7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi). Of this area, 70.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 11.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 15.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 12.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (3.7%).[5] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.3% of the area. As of 2007 12.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[5]


Mönchaltorf has a population (as of 31 December 2017) of 3,735.[2] As of 2007, 11.6% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 48.8% male and 51.2% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.7%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (92.3%), with Italian being second most common ( 1.7%) and French being third ( 1.0%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 39.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (20.9%), the CSP (11.9%) and the FDP (11.7%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.6% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 66.7% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 9.8%. In Mönchaltorf about 83.9% 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 1336 households in Mönchaltorf.[5]

Mönchaltorf has an unemployment rate of 1.87%. As of 2005, there were 110 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 36 businesses involved in this sector. 367 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 37 businesses in this sector. 602 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 119 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 50% of the working population were employed full-time, and 50% were employed part-time.[5]

As of 2008 there were 733 Catholics and 1582 Protestants in Mönchaltorf. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 56.1% were some type of Protestant, with 50.7% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 5.5% belonging to other Protestant churches. 23.9% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 3.2% belonged to another religion (not listed), 2.7% did not give a religion, and 13.4% were atheist or agnostic.[5]

Population growth[edit]

The following table shows the population development of Möchaltorf.

Population Development
Year Inhabitants:[3]
1771 695
1850 1148
1860 1189
1900 804
1941 706
1950 837
1960 1023
1970 1604
1980 2863
1990 3494
2000 3183


Mayor is Annemarie Beglinger-Vögeli (FDP). Former mayors were Gustav Stehli (SVP), Felix Hess (SVP) and until 2006 Ruedi Lerch (FDP).[6]

Member of the municipal council (2014–2018)
Name Beginning Task Party
Beglinger-Vögeli Annemarie 2002 Mayor / presidential / plan / development FDP
Schlumpf Marlis 2016 society SP
Fürst Rudolf 2004 security SVP
Galliker Hans-Rudolf 2010 education FDP
Graf Urs 2014 underground work independent
Kaderli Bernhard 2014 finance / economy FDP
Larry-Hug Andrea 2014 high building / property / culture SP



  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 17 September 2018
  3. ^ a b Mönchaltorf in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (in German) accessed 4 August 2009
  6. ^ http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/Eveline-Widmer-I-kume-us-Moenchaltorf/story/21341772 accessed 14 April 2017 (in German)

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