|Population||6,189 (Dec 2011)|
|- Density||263 /km2 (682 /sq mi)|
|Area||20.4 km2 (7.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||421 m (1,381 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Einsiedeln, Freienbach, Galgenen, Jona (SG), Lachen, Rapperswil (SG), Vorderthal|
Altendorf has an area, as of 2006[update], of 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi). Of this area, 52.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 37.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The municipality is located on the Obersee section of Lake Zurich. It is along the rail line Pfäffikon-Lachen and on the A3 motorway. It consists of the village of Altendorf and the hamlets of Seestatt along the lake and the hamlets of Muschelberg, Mittlisberg, Schlipf and Vorderberg in the pre-alpine hills as well as a suburb of Lachen, the hamlet of Steinegg.
Altendorf has a population (as of 31 December 2011) of 6,189. As of 2007[update], 16.8% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 32.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (91.1%), with Italian being second most common ( 1.4%) and Albanian being third ( 1.3%).
As of 2000[update] the gender distribution of the population was 51.1% male and 48.9% female. The age distribution, as of 2008[update], in Altendorf is; 1,196 people or 25.8% of the population is between 0 and 19. 1,372 people or 29.6% are 20 to 39, and 1,597 people or 34.4% are 40 to 64. The senior population distribution is 286 people or 6.2% are 65 to 74. There are 141 people or 3.0% who are 70 to 79 and 46 people or 0.99% of the population who are over 80. There is one person in Altendorf who is over 100 years old.
The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Altendorf about 71.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Altendorf has an unemployment rate of 1.76%. As of 2005[update], there were 227 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 83 businesses involved in this sector. 857 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 105 businesses in this sector. 1,238 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 211 businesses in this sector.
From the 2000 census[update], 3,108 or 67.0% are Roman Catholic, while 810 or 17.5% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are less than 5 individuals who belong to the Christian Catholic faith, there are 87 individuals (or about 1.88% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are 6 individuals (or about 0.13% of the population) who belong to another Christian church. There are less than 5 individuals who are Jewish, and 159 (or about 3.43% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 32 individuals (or about 0.69% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 294 (or about 6.34% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 138 individuals (or about 2.98% of the population) did not answer the question.
The historical population is given in the following table:
- Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 3 October 2012
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Altendorf in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 02-Sep-2009
- Canton Schwyz Statistics (German) accessed 27 August 2009
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