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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
 20082009201020112012
Total7701.97785.87870.17954.78039.1
Urban areas15668.45734.65798.75864.05928.7
Rural areas12033.52051.22071.42090.72110.4
The largest agglomerations 1     
Zurich1154.51170.21188.61204.01217.8
Geneva513.2521.4526.4530.7533.5
Basel494.3498.0497.7500.6503.9
Bern348.7350.8353.3355.6360.1
Lausanne324.4330.9336.4342.2345.3
The largest cities     
Zurich365.1368.7372.9377.0380.8
Geneva183.3186.0187.5188.2189.0
Basel164.9166.2163.2164.5165.6
Bern122.9123.5124.4125.7127.5
Lausanne122.3125.9127.8129.4134.4

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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