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. 162 towns and cities considered in these statistics as well as eight other members of the Swiss Union of Cities 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 opendata.swiss platform.

Land use in towns - 2022 Edition

Published for the 7th time together with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the 83rd edition is devoted this year to land use in towns, providing detailed data on aspects such as the development of urban areas or green spaces.

 
 
 
 
 

A quarter of the area is urbanised

Roughly a quarter of the municipal areas of Switzerland's towns and cities comes under the "housing and infrastructure" category (23.5%), while the greatest part of the area (32.3%) is taken up by wooded areas, followed by agricultural areas (30.9%) and unproductive areas (waterways) at 13.4%. In towns with more than 100 000 inhabitants, more than half of the area is dedicated to housing and infrastructure (54.2%).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Large increase in housing area

In the total urbanised area of Switzerland's towns and cities (94 992 ha) in 2013/18, residential areas occupied around 35 000 ha, an increase of around 38% compared to the period 1979/85. Industrial and commercial areas, on the other hand, decreased in towns with more than 100 000 inhabitants (-26%), while they increased in the other size categories, at around +40% in towns with fewer than 10 000 inhabitants.

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