Statistics on Swiss Cities and Towns

2020 edition

The 81st edition of the Statistics on Swiss Cities and Towns is published for the fifth time in cooperation with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). It is available in print, PDF and interactive digital versions. The data used for the publication come from the 162 towns and cities considered in these statistics as well as nine other members of the Swiss Union of Cities and Towns regarded as urban by tradition or due to their development. These data can be accessed at any time via the catalogue and database on the FSO website and on the platform.
This year, the Statistics on Swiss Cities and Towns focus on the agglomerations and provide detailed data not only on the people living there but also on work and employment, construction and housing and on tourism and mobility.


Home to almost three-quarters of the population

Today, 73% of Switzerland’s 8.5 million inhabitants live in one of its 49 agglomerations. Since the start of the century, growth in the agglomerations (17.7%) has exceeded that of total population growth in Switzerland (17.2%).


Switzerland’s economic drivers

Of the 5.2 million jobs in Switzerland’s labour market, 4.1 million are located in the agglomerations; 80.2% of jobs are in the tertiary sector, 18.3% in the industrial sector and 1.5% in agriculture.


Growth in housing stock

To house their 6.2 million residents, the agglomerations have more than 3.2 million dwellings (70.7% of the country’s dwellings). From 2000 to 2017, as many dwellings were built in the country’s five largest agglomerations as in the rest of Switzerland.


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