|• Mayor||Rudolf Krapp|
|• Total||22.23 km2 (8.58 sq mi)|
|Elevation||530 m (1,740 ft)|
|• Density||30/km2 (77/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The community has 5 traditional rural land units, known in German as Gemarkungen, each given here with its own population figure:
- Bojendorf (157)
- Gräfenhäusling (211)
- Mährenhüll (74)
- Schneeberg (60)
- Wattendorf (216)
Wattendorf is very old as a settled place, having been settled in the time around 3000 to 1800 BC by the Linear Pottery culture.
It had its first documentary mention in 1180, when the community was owned by the Counts of the Duchy of Merania. From 1260 to 1274, Wattendorf was owned by the Count of Truhendingen. In 1274 he donated the estate to the Cistercian Monastery at Langheim, to which it belonged until Secularization in 1803. The Monastery’s ties with the High Monastery at Bamberg grew weaker over time, so that by the time the Old Empire came to an end, the Langheim Monastery could almost be thought to be the High Monastery’s Mediat. Since the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss of 1803, the community has belonged to Bavaria. In the course of administrative reform in Bavaria, today’s community came into being under the Gemeindeedikt (“Community Edict”) of 1818.
Within municipal limits, 753 inhabitants were counted in 1970, 723 in 1987 and 722 in 2000. By 2007 the figure had further fallen to 708, but on 30 June 2007 it had risen slightly to 715.
The first mayor is Thomas Betz from the CSU.
The community council is made up of x members, listed here by party or voter community affiliation, and also with the number of seats that each has held since the 2002 election and the percentage of the votes that each won:
- CSU 3 seats (30.2%)
- Bojendorfer Wählergemeinschaft 2 seats (22.9%)
- Wählergemeinschaft Gräfenhäusling 2 seats (25.6%)
- Freie Wähler Mährenhüll 1 seat (9.5%)
- Freie Wähler Schneeberg 0 seats (9.1%)
In 1999, municipal tax revenue, converted to euros, amounted to €274,000 of which business taxes (net) amounted to €50,000.
Coat of arms
Wattendorf’s arms might heraldically be described thus: Azure a spread eagle argent reguardant, sinister a chalice Or, emerging therefrom an abbot’s staff Or.
The eagle and the tincture azure (blue) recall the Counts of Andechs Merania, who until 1248 were Wattendorf’s overlords. The chalice and the abbot’s staff recall the community’s donation to the Cistercian Monastery at Langheim by the Counts of Truhendingen in 1274.
Economy and infrastructure
According to official statistics, there were no workers on the social welfare contribution rolls working in producing businesses or in trade and transport. However, 305 such workers worked from home. In processing businesses there were nine businesses, but in construction none. Furthermore, in 1999, there were 79 agricultural operations with a working area of 1 220 ha, of which 1 078 ha was cropland and 140 ha was meadowland.
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016.