|Population||21,965 (Dec 2011)|
|- Density||886 /km2 (2,294 /sq mi)|
|Area||24.83 km2 (9.59 sq mi)|
|Elevation||443 m (1,453 ft)|
|Mayor||Andreas Hotz (as of 2008)|
|Localities||Allenwinden, Blickensdorf, Deinikon, Inwil bei Baar, Neuägeri, Sihlbrugg Dorf, Walterswil|
|Surrounded by||Hausen am Albis (ZH), Kappel am Albis (ZH), Menzingen, Neuheim, Steinhausen, Unterägeri, Zug|
Baar has an area, as of 2006[update], of 24.8 km2 (9.6 sq mi). Of this area, 55% is used for agricultural purposes, while 24.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 19.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.6%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The municipality is located in the northern portion of the flood plain of the Lorze river. It was originally a linear village along the road between Lake Zug and Lake Zurich. Since the 1960s it has grown rapidly. It consists of the village of Baar and the former hamlets of Allenwinden, Blickensdorf and Inwil, as well as the farm houses of Deinikon.
Baar has a population (as of 31 December 2011) of 21,965. As of 2007[update], 24.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years, the population has grown at a rate of 20.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (83.1%), with Italian being second most common (3.6%) and Serbo-Croatian being third (3.1%).
In the 2007 federal election, the most popular party was the SVP which received 31.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (22.9%), the FDP (18.2%) and the Green Party (17.7%).
The historical population is given in the following table:
Baar is home to the International School of Zug and Luzern, or ISZL. The ISZL is an independent co-educational, non-profit day school, from Pre-School to Grade 12 serving the international community of Central Switzerland.
From 1980 to 2006, it was also home to Lego Produktion AG, a toy manufacturing plant owned by the Lego Group where some Lego parts, especially those for the Lego Technic building sets, were manufactured. In 2006, the Lego Group announced a restructuring of the current production setup including the outsourcing of some of the production work to Flextronics, a Singaporean electronics company. Lego Produktion AG in Baar was to be shut down and its operations moved to a plant now owned by Flextronics in Kladno, Czech Republic. Lego Technic parts would still be manufactured in the headquarters at Billund, Denmark, which then had a workforce of 3,000.
Baar has an unemployment rate of 2.26%. As of 2005[update], there were 333 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 94 businesses involved in this sector. 3,810 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 278 businesses in this sector. 9,335 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 1,415 businesses in this sector.
Baar railway station is a stop on the InterRegio service between Zürich Hauptbahnhof and Lucerne, serviced every full hour, as well as on the Zurich S-Bahn service S21 between Zug and Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Several stops of the Stadtbahn Zug are in Baar.
In the summer months it is possible to rent free bikes to bike around Baar. This can be done near the Rathaus.
- Brigitte McMahon (born 1967), former triathlete, was born in Baar.
- Kimi Räikkönen, Formula-1 driver and former WRC-driver, lives in Baar.
- Sebastian Vettel, Formula-1 driver has a house in Baar and lives there.
- Raphael Diaz, player for the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens, was born in Baar.
- Canton of Zug population (German) accessed 29 May 2012
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Baar in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 22-Sep-2009
- "LEGO Group to outsource major parts of its production to Flextronics". Lego.com. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Lego to move operations out of Denmark and U.S.". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Brigitte McMahon (SUI)". Profiles. ITU. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
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- Official website (German)
- Baar, Switzerland in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.