with 7 members
Urs Fischer FDP/PRD
(as of March 2014)
|• Parliament||Grosser Gemeinderat
with 36 members
|• Total||16.75 km2 (6.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||535 m (1,755 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2015)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)|
|Localities||Ettenhausen, Kempten, Medikon, Oberwetzikon, Robenhausen, Unterwetzikon|
|Surrounded by||Bäretswil, Gossau, Hinwil, Mönchaltorf, Pfäffikon, Seegräben|
|Twin towns||Melnik (Czech Republic)|
The municipality Wetzikon has an area of 16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi). Of this area, 42.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 17.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 27.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (12.1%) is non-productive (streams, lakes and non-productive vegetation). In 1996[update] housing and buildings made up 20% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (7.9%). Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 3.3% of the area. As of 2007[update] 30.5% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.
Wetzikon has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 24,373. As of 2007[update], 22.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008[update] the gender distribution of the population was 49.2% male and 50.8% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 18.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (83.8%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.7%) and Albanian being third ( 1.9%).
|Nationalities in Wetzikon||End of 2010||End of 2011|
|Switzerland||76,8 %||76,5 %|
|Italy||5,5 %||5,2 %|
|Germany||3,9 %||3,9 %|
|Portugal||2,4 %||2,6 %|
|Turkey||1,7 %||1,7 %|
|Serbia||1,8 %||1,7 %|
|Kosovo||1,2 %||1,4 %|
|Macedonia||1,1 %||1,1 %|
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15%. There are 7929 households in Wetzikon.
As of 2008[update] there were 6385 Catholics and 7772 Protestants in Wetzikon. In the 2000 census[update], religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 45% were some type of Protestant, with 40.3% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 4.7% belonging to other Protestant churches. 31.3% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 6.5% were Muslim, 8.7% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.6% did not give a religion, and 10.6% were atheist or agnostic.
Economics and education
The Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland (KZO), or the "Kanti" as the gymnasium level learning institution is known in Swiss German, is based in Wetzikon due to its central location in the Zürich Oberland, as well as the Zürcher Oberländer newspaper and the annual ZOM trade fair.
The regional hospital, the Gesundheitsversorgung Zürcher Oberland  is also located there.
Wetzikon has an unemployment rate of 2.9%. As of 2005[update], there were 134 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 41 businesses involved in this sector. 3486 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 255 businesses in this sector. 7054 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 838 businesses in this sector. As of 2007[update] 43.8% of the working population were employed full-time, and 56.2% were employed part-time.
World heritage site
The prehistoric settlement Wetzikon–Robenhausen at the Robenhausen wetland which was discovered and researched by Jakob Messikommer is part of the serial site Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are two railway stations within the municipality. Wetzikon railway station is a node of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S3, S14, S15 and S5. Kempten railway station is on the S3 line only. The town is a 20-minute (S5) ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.
The oldest surviving document about the name Wetzikon is from the year 1044, where three nobles of "Wezzinchova" are mentioned; before that the village and castle were known by the name Ratpoldskilch. Older history is known from excavations of prehistoric pile dwellings in Robenhausen and a Roman villa rustica in Kempten.
- The local museum (Ortsmuseum) documents the cultural history from the Neolithic Age until the 21st century 
- Robenhauser Riet
- Kemptner Tobel
Notable persons (chronological)
- Elisabeth of Wetzikon (*1235 †1298), imperial abbess of the Fraumünster abbey in Zurich from 1270 until 1298
- Johannes Schmidlin (*1722 †1772), pastor and composer
- Hans Georg Nägeli (*1773 †1836), composer and music publisher
- Heinrich Leuthold (*1827 †1879), poet and translator
- Jakob Messikommer (*1828 †1917), pioneer of wetland archaeology, researched the prehistoric settlement at Robenhausen
- Jakob Heusser (1862–1941), Swiss industrialist
- Hans Staub (*1894 †1990), photographer-journalist
- Hedi Lang (*1931 †2004), politician
- Jörg Schneider (1935), actor
- Ueli Maurer (1950), politician
- Andreas Schweizer (*1979), gymnast
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 27 April 2016
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 06-Aug-2009
- Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
- http://www.wetzikon.ch/Verwaltung/Einwohnerdienste/bevoelkerungsstatistiken/Statistik%202008.pdf/at_download/file (Retrieved 27 February 2012).
- http://www.wetzikon.ch/Verwaltung/Einwohnerdienste/bevoelkerungsstatistiken/Jahresstatistik%20Homepage.pdf/at_download/file (Retrieved 5 March 2012).
- Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland (KZO) (German)
- Zürcher Oberland Messe (in Swiss-German "Züri Oberland Mäss") (German)
- Gesundheitsversorgung Zürcher Oberland (German)
- UNESCO World Heritage Site - Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
- Altdorfer, Werner (1987). Rund um den Bachtel - Heimatkundliches aus dem Zürcher Oberland (in German). Wetzikon: Buchverlang der Druckerei Wetzikon AG. ISBN 3-85981-138-X.
- Horisberger, Beat; Hedinger, Bettina; Hoek, Florian; Büsser, Roger (2007). Römisches Landleben im Zürcher Oberland - Die Römer in Wetzikon (in German). Frauenfeld, Stuttgart, Wien: Verlag Huber. ISBN 978-3-7193-1441-5.
- Museum Wetzikon (German)
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