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Scherz 004.jpg
Coat of arms of Scherz
Location of Scherz
Scherz is located in Switzerland
Scherz is located in Canton of Aargau
Coordinates: 47°27′N 8°11′E / 47.450°N 8.183°E / 47.450; 8.183Coordinates: 47°27′N 8°11′E / 47.450°N 8.183°E / 47.450; 8.183
 • Total3.30 km2 (1.27 sq mi)
408 m (1,339 ft)
 • Total662
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number4113
Surrounded byHabsburg, Hausen, Holderbank, Lupfig, Schinznach-Bad
SFSO statistics

Scherz is a former municipality in the district of Brugg in canton of Aargau in Switzerland. On 1 January 2018 the former municipality of Scherz merged into the municipality of Lupfig.


Aerial view from 2000 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)

Scherz has an area, as of 2009, of 3.3 square kilometers (1.3 sq mi). Of this area, 1.82 square kilometers (0.70 sq mi) or 55.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.1 square kilometers (0.42 sq mi) or 33.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.39 square kilometers (0.15 sq mi) or 11.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.02 km2 (4.9 acres) or 0.6% is either rivers or lakes.[3]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 5.2% and transportation infrastructure made up 5.5%. 33.0% of the total land area is heavily forested. Of the agricultural land, 41.8% is used for growing crops and 9.4% is pastures, while 3.9% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams.[3]

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent a feather Gules between two other Or all issuant from a Heart Gules. This might be an example of canting, since the heart (German: Herz) is part of the name Scherz.[4]


Scherz has a population (as of December 2020) of 652[5] As of June 2009, 8.3% of the population are foreign nationals.[6] Over the last 10 years (1997–2007) the population has changed at a rate of -1.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (95.5%), with Albanian being second most common ( 1.7%) and French being third ( 1.6%).[7]

The age distribution, as of 2008, in Scherz is; 76 children or 12.3% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 77 teenagers or 12.5% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 60 people or 9.7% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 77 people or 12.5% are between 30 and 39, 121 people or 19.6% are between 40 and 49, and 84 people or 13.6% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 73 people or 11.8% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 40 people or 6.5% are between 70 and 79, there are 8 people or 1.3% who are between 80 and 89,and there is 1 person who is between 90 and older.[8]

As of 2000, there were 10 homes with 1 or 2 persons in the household, 86 homes with 3 or 4 persons in the household, and 117 homes with 5 or more persons in the household. The average number of people per household was 2.52 individuals.[9] In 2008 there were 120 single family homes (or 48.6% of the total) out of a total of 247 homes and apartments.[10] There were a total of 4 empty apartments for a 1.6% vacancy rate.[10] As of 2007, the construction rate of new housing units was 1.7 new units per 1000 residents.[7]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 48.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SP (21.4%), the Green Party (8.7%) and the CSP (7.8%).[7]

In Scherz about 86.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[7] Of the school age population (in the 2008/2009 school year), there are 67 students attending primary school in the municipality.[9]

The historical population is given in the following table:[8]

Historical population
1975 410—    
1980 441+7.6%
1990 514+16.6%
2000 576+12.1%


As of  2007, Scherz had an unemployment rate of 1.89%. As of 2005, there were 37 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 15 businesses involved in this sector. 16 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 6 businesses in this sector. 58 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 17 businesses in this sector.[7]

As of 2000 there was a total of 303 workers who lived in the municipality. Of these, 242 or about 79.9% of the residents worked outside Scherz while 28 people commuted into the municipality for work. There were a total of 89 jobs (of at least 6 hours per week) in the municipality.[11] Of the working population, 12.3% used public transportation to get to work, and 57.4% used a private car.[7]


Church of Scherz

From the 2000 census, 129 or 22.4% were Roman Catholic, while 319 or 55.5% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Bilanz der ständigen Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Staatsangehörigkeit (Kategorie), Geschlecht und demographischen Komponenten". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (in German) accessed 25 March 2010
  4. ^ Flags of the accessed 9 April 2010
  5. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bereich 01 -Bevölkerung (in German) accessed 20 January 2010
  7. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 9 April 2010
  8. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau -Bevölkerungsdaten für den Kanton Aargau und die Gemeinden (Archiv) (in German) accessed 20 January 2010
  9. ^ a b c Statistical Department of Canton Aargau - Aargauer Zahlen 2009 (in German) accessed 20 January 2010
  10. ^ a b Statistical Department of Canton Aargau (in German) accessed 20 January 2010
  11. ^ Statistical Department of Canton Aargau-Bereich 11 Verkehr und Nachrichtenwesen (in German) accessed 21 January 2010