Bachs is a municipality in the district of Dielsdorf in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

Flag of Bachs
Coat of arms of Bachs
Location of Bachs
Bachs is located in Switzerland
Bachs is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°31′N 8°26′E / 47.517°N 8.433°E / 47.517; 8.433
 • Total9.13 km2 (3.53 sq mi)
470 m (1,540 ft)
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total580
 • Density64/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0081
Surrounded byFisibach (AG), Neerach, Oberweningen, Schöfflisdorf, Siglistorf (AG), Stadel bei Niederglatt, Steinmaur, Weiach
SFSO statistics

History edit

Bachs is first mentioned in 1100 as Fusebach and Fuisipach. In 1384 the village section of Altbachs (Old Bachs) was mentioned as Obern Fisibach.[3]

Geography edit

Bachs and surrounding countryside
Aerial view (1950)

Bachs has an area of 9.1 km2 (3.5 sq mi). Of this area, 49% is used for agricultural purposes, while 44.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 6.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located at the mouth of the Fisibach stream. Bachs is a village with two centers which, since the fire of 1763, are known as Alt- and Neubachs (Old and New Bachs).

Demographics edit

Bachs has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 613.[5] As of 2007, 6.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -4%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (95.8%), with French being second most common ( 1.0%) and Spanish being third ( 0.9%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 55.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (11.6%), the Green Party (10%) and the CSP (6.4%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 25% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 12.7%. About 77.8% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Bachs has an unemployment rate of 0.79%. As of 2005, there were 92 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 29 businesses involved in this sector. 36 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 3 businesses in this sector. 171 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 19 businesses in this sector.[4] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1467 11 Households

36 Adults

1634 391
1836 596
1860 673
1960 414
1990 519

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bachs in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 03-Aug-2009
  5. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.

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