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Swiss Statistics

Population size and population composition – Data, indicatorsAgglomerations

Permanent resident population in urban and rural areas

At year-end, in thousands
 20092010201120122013
Total7785.87870.17954.78039.18139.6
Urban areas15729.15793.15857.35921.45997.8
Rural areas12056.72077.02097.42117.72141.8
The largest agglomerations 1     
Zurich1170.21188.61204.01217.81232.6
Geneva521.4526.4530.7533.5541.3
Basel498.0497.7500.6503.9508.6
Bern351.3353.7356.0360.1364.2
Lausanne331.4336.8342.2345.3351.5
The largest cities     
Zurich368.7372.9377.0380.8384.8
Geneva186.0187.5188.2189.0191.6
Basel166.2163.2164.5165.6167.4
Bern123.5124.4125.7127.5128.8
Lausanne125.9127.8129.4130.4132.8

1) Based on the definition used in the Federal Population Census 2000

From 2010: New definition of the permanent resident population, which also includes asylum seekers with a total length of stay of at least 12 months.

Source: Annual Population Statistics - ESPOP (until 2009), Population and Households Statistics - STATPOP (from 2010)

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