Wittenbach is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of St. Gallen in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Municipality in Switzerland in St. Gallen

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Country Switzerland
Canton St. Gallen
District St. Gallen

  Mayor Albert Etter

  Total 12.22 km2 (4.72 sq mi)

603 m (1,978 ft)

  Total 9,691
  Density 790/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number 3204
Surrounded by Berg, Gaiserwald, Häggenschwil, Mörschwil, Roggwil (TG), St. Gallen, Waldkirch
Twin towns Wilburgstetten (Germany), Selma (Switzerland)
Website www.wittenbach.ch
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Wittenbach is first mentioned in 1297 as Witebach.[3]

Wittenbach has an area, as of 2006[update], of 12.3 km2 (4.7 sq mi). Of this area, 58% is used for agricultural purposes, while 20.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 19.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.5%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).[4]

The municipality consists of the village sections Wittenbach, Kronbühl, Bruggwaldpark as well as scattered settlements and the exclave of Hinterberg.

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Gules three Willows Argent issuant from a Base wavy Azure and on it a bar wavy of the second.[5]

Wittenbach has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 9,747.[6]As of 2007[update], about 21.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2000[update]), 176 are from Germany, 264 are from Italy, 829 are from ex-Yugoslavia, 87 are from Austria, 115 are from Turkey, and 322 are from another country.[7] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (87.8%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 2.8%) and Albanian being third ( 2.5%).[4] Of the Swiss national languages (as of 2000[update]), 7,448 speak German, 31 people speak French, 170 people speak Italian, and 8 people speak Romansh.[8]

The age distribution, as of 2000[update], in Wittenbach is; 952 children or 11.2% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 1,155 teenagers or 13.6% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 1,043 people or 12.3% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 1,314 people or 15.5% are between 30 and 39, 1,227 people or 14.5% are between 40 and 49, and 1,204 people or 14.2% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 828 people or 9.8% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 491 people or 5.8% are between 70 and 79, there are 224 people or 2.6% who are between 80 and 89, and there are 47 people or 0.6% who are between 90 and 99, and 1 person who is 100 or more.[8]

In 2000[update] there were 1,076 persons (or 12.7% of the population) who were living alone in a private dwelling. There were 2,113 (or 24.9%) persons who were part of a couple (married or otherwise committed) without children, and 4,414 (or 52.0%) who were part of a couple with children. There were 554 (or 6.5%) people who lived in single parent home, while there are 35 persons who were adult children living with one or both parents, 16 persons who lived in a household made up of relatives, 38 who lived household made up of unrelated persons, and 240 who are either institutionalized or live in another type of collective housing.[8]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 36.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (20%), the FDP (14.8%) and the SP (13.8%).[4]

In Wittenbach about 71.6% of the population (between age 25–64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4] Out of the total population in Wittenbach, as of 2000[update], the highest education level completed by 1,795 people (21.2% of the population) was Primary, while 3,387 (39.9%) have completed their secondary education, 954 (11.2%) have attended a Tertiary school, and 326 (3.8%) are not in school. The remainder did not answer this question.[8]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1831 1,322
1860 1,284
1900 1,849
1910 2,668
1950 2,393
1970 5,487
1990 7,910

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