|• Mayor||Daniel Hüppin-Meister|
|• Total||8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||424 m (1,391 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2016)|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Galgenen, Jona (SG), Lachen, Schübelbach, Tuggen|
Wangen has an area, as of 2006[update], of 8.5 km2 (3.3 sq mi). Of this area, 64.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 10.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 21.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.6%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). The Buechberg hill is located on the area of the municipality.
Count Fridrich von Toggenburg, Herr zu Brettengow und Tafas donated to his own and the salvation of his ancestor who were buried and he also expects to be buried, the church, rights and lands (Kirchwidem and Kirchensatz) in Wangen in der March to the Rüti Abbey, sealed by Fridrich and the knights Herman von Landenberg, Johans von Bonstetten from Ustra and Herman von der Hochenlandenberg on 21 January 1407.
Wangen has a population (as of 31 December 2016) of 4,989. As of 2007[update], 13.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 4.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (92.0%), with Albanian being second most common ( 2.0%) and Italian being third ( 1.7%).
As of 2000[update] the gender distribution of the population was 50.1% male and 49.9% female. The age distribution, as of 2008[update], in Wangen is; 1,247 people or 27.5% of the population is between 0 and 19. 1,399 people or 30.8% are 20 to 39, and 1,400 people or 30.8% are 40 to 64. The senior population distribution is 310 people or 6.8% are 65 to 74. There are 143 people or 3.1% who are 70 to 79 and 41 people or 0.90% of the population who are over 80.
Wangen has an unemployment rate of 1.21%. As of 2005[update], there were 158 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 56 businesses involved in this sector. 387 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 70 businesses in this sector. 645 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 138 businesses in this sector.
From the 2000 census[update], 3,166 or 69.7% are Roman Catholic, while 744 or 16.4% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are less than 5 individuals who belong to the Christian Catholic faith, there are 88 individuals (or about 1.94% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are less than 5 individuals who belong to another Christian church. There are 174 (or about 3.83% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 19 individuals (or about 0.42% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 209 (or about 4.60% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 133 individuals (or about 2.93% of the population) did not answer the question.
The historical population is given in the following table:
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2017
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 02-Sep-2009
- "C II 12, Nr. 277 Graf Fridrich von Toggenburg, Herr zu Brettengow und Tafas, schenkt zum eigenen Seelenheil und dem seiner Vorfahren dem ... (1407.01.21)" (in German). Staatsarchiv des Kantons Zürich. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
- Canton Schwyz Statistics (in German) accessed 27 August 2009
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