Zell, Zürich

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Zell is a municipality in the district of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

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Coat of arms of Zell
Location of Zell
Zell is located in Switzerland
Zell is located in Canton of Zürich
Coordinates: 47°27′N 8°49′E / 47.450°N 8.817°E / 47.450; 8.817Coordinates: 47°27′N 8°49′E / 47.450°N 8.817°E / 47.450; 8.817
 • Total12.70 km2 (4.90 sq mi)
541 m (1,775 ft)
 • Total6,032
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0231
LocalitiesGarten, Kollbrunn, Lettenberg, Rämismühle, Rikon, Schooren, Zell
Surrounded byKyburg, Schlatt, Turbenthal, Weisslingen, Wildberg, Winterthur
SFSO statistics


Aerial view (1957)

Zell has an area of 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi). Of this area, 43.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 42.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 12.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 9.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (3.8%).[4] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 1.7% of the area. As of 2007, 12.2% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[4]

Zell is situated in the upper Töss Valley. In Zell-Rikon is a Tibetan monastery, the Tibet Institute Rikon. The municipality also includes the hamlet of Kollbrunn.


Zell has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 6,430.[5] As of 2007, 17.6% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 50.3% male and 49.7% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 14.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (87.6%), with Italian being second most common ( 2.8%) and Albanian being third ( 1.8%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 40.5% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (17%), the CSP (14.1%) and the Green Party (8.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.4% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 17.3%. In Zell about 70% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). There are 1874 households in Zell.[4]

Zell has an unemployment rate of 3.02%. As of 2005, there were 134 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 35 businesses involved in this sector. 397 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 47 businesses in this sector. 680 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 141 businesses in this sector.[3] As of 2007 52.3% of the working population were employed full-time, and 47.7% were employed part-time.[4]

As of 2008 there were 1138 Catholics and 2306 Protestants in Zell. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 54.3% were some type of Protestant, with 49.3% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 5% belonging to other Protestant churches. 22.3% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 6.5% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.1% did not give a religion, and 9.6% were atheist or agnostic.[4]


Zell lies on the Tösstalbahn railway that links Winterthur and Rapperswil, and the stations of Rämismühle-Zell, Rikon and Kollbrunn are all within the municipality. All three stations are served by line S26 of the Zürich S-Bahn.[6][7]


  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 Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Aug-2009
  4. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (in German) accessed 4 August 2009
  5. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". bfs.admin.ch (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  7. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. Retrieved 2012-01-03.

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