Ottenbach, Switzerland

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For the German town, see Ottenbach, Germany.
Coat of arms of Ottenbach
Coat of arms
Ottenbach is located in Switzerland
Ottenbach is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°24′E / 47.283°N 8.400°E / 47.283; 8.400Coordinates: 47°17′N 8°24′E / 47.283°N 8.400°E / 47.283; 8.400
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Affoltern
 • Total 5.01 km2 (1.93 sq mi)
Elevation 409 m (1,342 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 2,566
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal code 8913
SFOS number 0011
Surrounded by Affoltern am Albis, Aristau (AG), Jonen (AG), Merenschwand (AG), Obfelden
SFSO statistics

Ottenbach is a municipality in the district of Affoltern in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Ottenbach is first mentioned in 831 as in loco vocato marcha Hotumbacharia. In 1169 it was mentioned as Arnoldus de Ottonbac.[3]


Protestant church

Ottenbach has an area of 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi). Of this area, 56.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 20.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 19.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

It is located near the Reuss River on the border with the Canton of Aargau.


Interior of the historic powerhouse

Ottenbach owns a small hydro power plant with original equipment of 1920 which is still running for guided visits. It produced current for operating looms of the silk weaving factory A.F. Haas & Co. until 1975.


Ottenbach has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 2,566.[2] As of 2007, 7.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 5.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.6%), with Italian being second most common ( 1.7%) and English being third ( 1.0%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 34.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (20%), the FDP (15.5%) and the Green Party (11.2%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 9.6%. In Ottenbach about 84.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Ottenbach has an unemployment rate of 2.04%. As of 2005, there were 47 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 21 businesses involved in this sector. 144 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 19 businesses in this sector. 388 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 82 businesses in this sector.[4] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1467 22 Households
1650 320
1850 1,169
1900 1,107
1950 971
2000 2,164


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