Statistics on Swiss Cities and Towns

The Statistics on Swiss Cities and Towns provide information on the population, work, employment, finances, mobility and education and training in towns and cities. Each edition - available as printed and interactive digital versions – is dedicated to a specific theme. 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 are available in the catalogues and databases of the Swiss statistical portal and on the platform.

Living in the city – 2021 edition

Published for the sixth time together with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the 82nd edition is devoted this year to urban housing, providing detailed data on, for example, the structure of the housing market, the typology of occupied dwellings and fair supply of housing in Swiss towns.


Three-room apartments dominate

In Swiss towns, 69% of urban tenants live in a three or four-room apartment. Three-room apartments are popular in most communes; four-room apartments are slightly more prevalent in towns with fewer than 20 000 inhabitants. Most homeowners (86.5%) have a home with four or more rooms.


The larger the town, the greater the number of tenants

From 2015 to 2017 (cumulated data), 74% of the inhabited dwellings in Swiss towns were occupied by tenants and cooperative members, whereas 25% were owner-occupied homes.

Non-profit housing development – promotion of fair housing

Towns are increasingly turning to the development of non-profit housing for socially and economically disadvantaged persons. Utility buildings account for 1.3% of residential buildings in Switzerland: in large towns, the proportion is 11.4% and in smaller towns, it is about 1.2%.


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