Steinach, St. Gallen

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Coat of arms of Steinach
Coat of arms
Steinach is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 47°30′N 9°26′E / 47.500°N 9.433°E / 47.500; 9.433Coordinates: 47°30′N 9°26′E / 47.500°N 9.433°E / 47.500; 9.433
Country Switzerland
Canton St. Gallen
District Rorschach
 • Mayor Roland Brändli
 • Total 4.48 km2 (1.73 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)
Population (Dec 2014[2])
 • Total 3,471
 • Density 770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Postal code 9323
SFOS number 3217
Surrounded by Arbon (TG), Berg, Horn (TG), Kressbronn am Bodensee (DE-BW), Langenargen (DE-BW), Mörschwil, Nonnenhorn (DE-BY), Tübach
SFSO statistics

Steinach is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of Rorschach in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Steinach has an area, as of 2006, of 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi). Of this area, 63.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 6.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 27.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).[3]

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Or a Wolf rampant Azure langued and armed Gules.[4]


Steinach has a population (as of 31 December 2014) of 3,471.[2] As of 2007, about 21.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2000), 69 are from Germany, 113 are from Italy, 210 are from ex-Yugoslavia, 47 are from Austria, 63 are from Turkey, and 74 are from another country.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 17.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (89.9%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 3.0%) and Italian being third ( 2.2%).[3] Of the Swiss national languages (as of 2000), 2,606 speak German, 11 people speak French, 63 people speak Italian, and 6 people speak Romansh.[6]

The age distribution, as of 2000, in Steinach is; 341 children or 11.8% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 313 teenagers or 10.8% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 331 people or 11.4% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 531 people or 18.3% are between 30 and 39, 396 people or 13.7% are between 40 and 49, and 380 people or 13.1% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 298 people or 10.3% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 208 people or 7.2% are between 70 and 79, there are 92 people or 3.2% who are between 80 and 89, and there are 9 people or 0.3% who are between 90 and 99.[6]

In 2000 there were 409 persons (or 14.1% of the population) who were living alone in a private dwelling. There were 815 (or 28.1%) persons who were part of a couple (married or otherwise committed) without children, and 1,456 (or 50.2%) who were part of a couple with children. There were 144 (or 5.0%) people who lived in single parent home, while there are 25 persons who were adult children living with one or both parents, 9 persons who lived in a household made up of relatives, 22 who lived household made up of unrelated persons, and 19 who are either institutionalized or live in another type of collective housing.[6]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 36.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (25%), the SP (16.1%) and the FDP (9.8%).[3]

In Steinach about 72.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3] Out of the total population in Steinach, as of 2000, the highest education level completed by 663 people (22.9% of the population) was Primary, while 1,172 (40.4%) have completed their secondary education, 304 (10.5%) have attended a Tertiary school, and 107 (3.7%) are not in school. The remainder did not answer this question.[6]


As of 2007, Steinach had an unemployment rate of 1.79%. As of 2005, there were 69 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 24 businesses involved in this sector. 1,273 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 47 businesses in this sector. 309 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 81 businesses in this sector.[3] As of October 2009 the average unemployment rate was 3.2%.[7] There were 140 businesses in the municipality of which 43 were involved in the secondary sector of the economy while 75 were involved in the third.[8] As of 2000 there were 459 residents who worked in the municipality, while 1,090 residents worked outside Steinach and 1,042 people commuted into the municipality for work.[9]


From the 2000 census, 1,462 or 50.4% are Roman Catholic, while 760 or 26.2% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are 2 individuals (or about 0.07% of the population) who belong to the Christian Catholic faith, there are 87 individuals (or about 3.00% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are 86 individuals (or about 2.97% of the population) who belong to another Christian church. There are 136 (or about 4.69% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 6 individuals (or about 0.21% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 274 (or about 9.45% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 86 individuals (or about 2.97% of the population) did not answer the question.[6]


The Schlosslandschaft Rorschach / Alter Rhein, a number of castles in a region along the Rhine river, is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. The Schlosslandschaft is shared between Berg, Goldach, Mörschwil, Rheineck, Rorschacherberg, St. Margrethen, Steinach, Thal and Tübach.[10]


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 31 August 2015
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 5 January 2010
  4. ^ Flags of the accessed 5 January 2010
  5. ^ Der Kanton St. Gallen und seine Menschen in Zahlen - Ausgabe 2009 (German) accessed 30 December 2009
  6. ^ a b c d e Canton St. Gallen Statistics-Hauptergebnisse der Volkszählung 2000: Regionen- und Gemeindevergleich-Personen (German) accessed 30 December 2009
  7. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Unemployment (German) accessed 30 December 2009
  8. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Businesses (German) accessed 31 December 2009
  9. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Commuters (German) accessed 31 December 2009
  10. ^ ISOS site accessed 8 December 2009

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