|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|• Total||3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||465 m (1,526 ft)|
|• Density||310/km2 (810/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Aeschi (SO), Bettenhausen, Bollodingen, Herzogenbuchsee, Niederönz, Seeberg, Steinhof (SO)|
Oberönz is first mentioned in 1246 as Onza.
Oberönz has an area of 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi). Of this area, 48.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 37.8% is forested. The rest of the land, (13.7%) is settled.
Before the merger, Oberönz has a population of 941. As of 2007[update], 11.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.2%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (90.8%), with Turkish being second most common (3.6%) and Albanian being third (2.3%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.8% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 61.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.9%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Oberönz about 76.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Oberönz had an unemployment rate of 1.46%. As of 2005[update], there were 23 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 187 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 6 businesses in this sector. 39 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 13 businesses in this sector. The historical population is given in the following table:
- BSG 152.01 / BAG 07-139 Die Justizkommission des Grossen Rats des Kantons Bern (Justice Commission of the High Council of Canton Bern) decision of 16 October 2007. (German) accessed 16 July 2009
- Oberönz in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 21-Jul-2009
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