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Below is a list of towns and cities in Switzerland. Until 2014 municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants were considered to be towns (German: Stadt/Städte, French: ville(s), Italian: città). Since 2014, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) uses a new algorithm (called German: Statistische Städte 2012, or French: Villes statistiques 2012) to define whether a municipality can be called a town or not; it newly also depends on its character.[1] Currently, FSO considers 162 municipalities as towns (German: Statistische Städte, French: Villes statistiques) in Switzerland. Further, some municipalities, which would fulfill such a definition, nevertheless prefer to understand themselves still as a village, or consequently refer to themselves just as municipalities (German: Gemeinde, French: commune, Italian: comune).

See Municipalities of Switzerland for a table of the largest and smallest.[2]:14–19

Population of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants (2010)

Largest towns in Switzerland:

  1. Zürich
  2. Geneva
  3. Basel
  4. Lausanne
  5. Bern
  6. Winterthur
  7. Lucerne
  8. St. Gallen
  9. Lugano
  10. Biel/Bienne
  11. Thun
  12. Köniz (statistically only the whole municipality, but not the village)
  13. La Chaux-de-Fonds
  14. Fribourg
  15. Schaffhausen
  16. Vernier
  17. Chur
  18. Sion
  19. Uster
  20. Neuchâtel

List of towns[edit]

This is an alphabetical list of towns, which follows FSO's definition (German: Statistische Städte 2012, French: Villes statistiques 2012), and places with historic town rights (h) and/or market towns (m).[2]:14–19

  • Places in bold print are towns because of FSO's definition and historic town/market rights.
  • Places in italics are towns excluded by FSO's definition, but places with, either, historic town rights (h), or, which were places with historic market rights (m).
  • Places in normal print are towns according to the FSO's definition.
  • Places that had lost historic town rights previously are identified with "-h".
  • Cantonal capitals (German: Hauptort, French: chef-lieu, Italian: capoluogo) are underlined.
Town Town (h) or
market (m)
right,
founded & reference
District Canton Population Agglomeration[3]
Town proper(2017) [4] total Agglo (2015)[5]
Aarau h 1240-1250[6] Aarau AG 21,268 76,636 Aarau
Aarberg h 1220-1225[7] Aarberg BE 4,581 -
Aarburg h ~1330[8] Zofingen AG 8,068 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Adliswil - Horgen ZH 18,803 1,334,269 Zurich
Aesch (BL)[note 1] - Arlesheim BL 10,309 541,011 Basel (CH)
Affoltern am Albis[note 2] - Affoltern ZH 12,146 1,334,269 Zurich
Agno[note 2] m Roman & Middle Age[9] Lugano TI 4,480 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Aigle m 1231[10] Aigle VD 10,131 -
Allschwil[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 21,190 541,011 Basel (CH)
Altdorf (UR)[note 2] m n.d., c. Late Middle Age[11] - UR 9,273 31,734 Altdorf (UR)
Altstätten m[12] Rheintal SG 11,549 56,777 Rheintal (CH)
Amriswil - Bischofszell TG 13,462 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Appenzell[note 1] m[citation needed] Appenzell AI 5,809 -
Arbon h[13] first half 13th c. Arbon TG 14,537 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Arlesheim[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 9,165 541,011 Basel (CH)
Arosa[note 2] - Plessur GR 3,185 -
Arth[note 1] - Schwyz SZ 11,877 -
Ascona h[citation needed] Locarno TI 5,534 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Aubonne h[citation needed] Aubonne VD 3,263 409,295 Lausanne
Avenches h[citation needed] Avenches VD 4,208 -
Baar - - ZG 24,322 127,095 Zug
Baden h[citation needed] Baden AG 19,175 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Basel h[citation needed] - BS 177,275 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bassersdorf - Bülach ZH 11,655 1,334,269 Zurich
Bellinzona h[citation needed] Bellinzona TI 43,181 52,061 Bellinzona
Belp - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,439 410,894 Bern
Bern h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 133,798 410,894 Bern
Beromünster m[citation needed] Sursee LU 6,478 -
Biasca m[citation needed] Riviera TI 6,126 -
Biel/Bienne h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 54,640 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Binningen - Arlesheim BL 15,666 541,011 Basel (CH)
Birsfelden - Arlesheim BL 10,442 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bischofszell h[citation needed] Bischofszell TG 6,009 -
Boudry h[citation needed] Boudry NE 6,124 89,441 Neuchâtel
Bourg-Saint-Pierre h[citation needed] Entremont VS 181 -
Bremgarten (AG) h[citation needed] Bremgarten AG 7,765 1,334,269 Zurich
Brig-Glis m[citation needed] Brig VS 13,109 47,041 Brig–Visp
Brugg h[citation needed] Brugg AG 11,129 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Buchs (SG) - Werdenberg SG 12,612 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Bülach h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 19,888 1,334,269 Zurich
Büren a.A. h[citation needed] Seeland BE 3,610 -
Bulle h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 22,709 31,703 Bulle
Burgdorf h[citation needed] Burgdorf BE 16,280 -
Bussigny - Ouest Lausannois VD 8,645 409,295 Lausanne
Carouge (GE) - - GE 22,336 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cham - - ZG 16,571 127,095 Zug
Châtel-Saint-Denis h[citation needed] Veveyse FR 6,723 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Chêne-Bougeries - - GE 11,862 579,227 Genève (CH)
Chiasso h[citation needed] - TI 8,182 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Chur h[citation needed] Plessur GR 35,038 58,266 Chur
Conthey h[citation needed] Conthey VS 8,691 84,138 Sion
Coppet h[citation needed] Nyon VD 3,152 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cossonay h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 3,813 409,295 Lausanne
Croglio h[citation needed] Lugano TI 854 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Crissier - Ouest Lausannois VD 8,037 409,295 Lausanne
Cudrefin h[citation needed] Avenches VD 1,589 -
Cully h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 1,700? 409,295 Lausanne
Davos* - Prättigau/Davos GR 10,937 -
Delémont h[citation needed] Delémont JU 12,625 29,527 Delémont (CH)
Diessenhofen h[citation needed] Diessenhofen TG 3,897 -
Dietikon - Dietikon ZH 27,079 1,334,269 Zurich
Dübendorf - Uster ZH 28,141 1,334,269 Zurich
Ebikon - Lucerne LU 13,531 226,091 Lucerne
Échallens h[citation needed] Échallens VD 5,732 409,295 Lausanne
Ecublens (VD) - Ouest Lausannois VD 12,488 409,295 Lausanne
Eglisau h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 5,188 1,334,269 Zurich
Einsiedeln - Einsiedeln SZ 15,550 -
Elgg h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 4,425 -
Emmen - Hochdorf LU 30,682 226,091 Lucerne
Erlach h[citation needed] Erlach BE 1,427 -
Estavayer-le-Lac h[citation needed] Broye FR 6,208 -
Flawil - Wil SG 10,551 73,299 Wil
Frauenfeld h[citation needed] Frauenfeld TG 25,442 24,864 Frauenfeld
Freienbach - Höfe SZ 16,269 1,334,269 Zurich
Fribourg h[citation needed] Sarine FR 38,521 105,406 Fribourg
Geneva h[citation needed] - GE 200,548 579,227 Genève (CH)
Gland - Nyon VD 13,078 579,227 Genève (CH)
Glarus m[citation needed] - GL 12,521 30,367 Glarus
Glarus Nord* - - GL 18,247 30,367 Glarus
Gordola h[citation needed] Locarno TI 4,673 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Gossau (SG) - St. Gallen SG 18,171 165,860 St. Gallen
Grandcour h[citation needed] Payerne VD 888 -
Grandson h[citation needed] Grandson VD 3,280 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Greifensee h[citation needed] Uster ZH 5,354 1,334,269 Zurich
Grenchen - Lebern SO 17,140 26,570 Grenchen
Grüningen - Hinwil ZH 3,382 1,334,269 Zurich
Gruyères - Gruyère FR 2,203 -
Herisau - - AR 15,780 165,860 St. Gallen
Hermance h[citation needed] - GE 1,036 579,227 Genève (CH)
Hinwil - Hinwil ZH 11,199 1,334,269 Zurich
Horgen - Horgen ZH 22,514 1,334,269 Zurich
Horw - Lucerne LU 13,915 226,091 Lucerne
Huttwil h[citation needed] Trachselwald BE 4,836 -
Ilanz h[citation needed] Surselva GR 4,704 -
Illnau-Effretikon - Pfäffikon ZH 16,298 1,334,269 Zurich
Interlaken - Interlaken-Oberhasli BE 5,592 23,943 Interlaken
Ittigen - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,335 410,894 Bern
Kaiserstuhl (AG) h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 423 1,334,269 Zurich
Klingnau h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 3,472 -
Kloten h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 19,408 1,334,269 Zurich
Köniz[note 2] - Bern-Mittelland BE 41,507 410,894 Bern
Kreuzlingen - Kreuzlingen TG 21,801 23,713 Kreuzlingen (CH)
Kriens - Lucerne LU 26,997 226,091 Lucerne
Küsnacht (ZH) - Meilen ZH 14,307 1,334,269 Zurich
La Chaux-de-Fonds h[citation needed] La Chaux-de-Fonds NE 38,625 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
La Neuveville h[citation needed] La Neuveville BE 3,698 -
La Sarraz h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 2,596 -
La Tour-de-Peilz h[citation needed] Vevey VD 11,752 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
La Tour-de-Trême h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 22,709 31,703 Bulle
Lachen (SZ) m[citation needed] March SZ 8,617 29,124 Lachen
Lancy - - GE 31,942 579,227 Genève (CH)
Langenthal m[citation needed] Oberaargau BE 15,639 -
Laufen (BL) h[citation needed] Laufen BL 5,636 541,011 Basel (CH)
Laufenburg h[citation needed] Laufenburg AG 3,626 -
Laupen h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 3,093 410,894 Bern
Lausanne h[citation needed] Lausanne VD 138,905 409,295 Lausanne
Le Grand-Saconnex - - GE 12,131 579,227 Genève (CH)
Le Landeron h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 4,647 -
Le Locle - Le Locle NE 10,389 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
Lenzburg h[citation needed] Lenzburg AG 10,173 22,188 Lenzburg
Les Clées - Orbe VD 181 -
Leuk m[citation needed] Leuk VS 3,926 -
Lichtensteig h[citation needed] Toggenburg SG 1,871 -
Liestal h[citation needed] Liestal BL 14,303 541,011 Basel (CH)
Locarno h[citation needed] Locarno TI 16,012 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Losone h[citation needed] Locarno TI 6,622 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Lugano h[citation needed] Lugano TI 63,494 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Lutry h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 9,986 409,295 Lausanne
Lucerne h[citation needed] Lucerne LU 81,401 226,091 Lucerne
Lyss - Seeland BE 14,887 -
Männedorf - Meilen ZH 10,957 1,334,269 Zurich
Maienfeld h[citation needed] Landquart GR 2,860 -
Martigny h[citation needed] Martigny VS 18,174 20,818 Martigny
Meilen - Meilen ZH 13,999 1,334,269 Zurich
Mellingen h[citation needed] Baden AG 5,492 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Mendrisio - Mendrisio TI 14,914 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Meyrin - - GE 24,144 579,227 Genève (CH)
Möhlin - Rheinfelden AG 11,004 541,011 Basel (CH)
Monthey - Monthey VS 17,563 32,442 Monthey
Montreux - Vevey VD 26,574 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Morcote h[citation needed] Lugano TI 725 -
Morges h[citation needed] Morges VD 15,838 409,295 Lausanne
Moudon h[citation needed] Moudon VD 6,187 -
Moutier m[citation needed] Jura bernois BE 7,477 -
Münchenbuchsee - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,079 410,894 Bern
Münchenstein -h[citation needed] Arlesheim BL 12,189 541,011 Basel (CH)
Münsingen - Bern-Mittelland BE 12,533 -
Muri bei Bern - Bern BE 13,058 410,894 Bern
Murten h[citation needed] See FR 8,222 -
Muttenz - Arlesheim BL 17,854 541,011 Basel (CH)
Neuchâtel h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 33,578 89,441 Neuchâtel
Neuhausen am Rheinfall - - SH 10,454 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Neunkirch h[citation needed] - SH 2,201 -
Nidau h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 6,827 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Nyon h[citation needed] Nyon VD 20,533 579,227 Genève (CH)
Oberwil (BL) - Arlesheim BL 11,203 541,011 Basel (CH)
Oftringen - Zofingen AG 13,606 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Olten - Olten SO 18,389 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Onex - - GE 18,977 579,227 Genève (CH)
Opfikon - Bülach ZH 19,978 1,334,269 Zurich
Orbe h[citation needed] Orbe VD 6,987 -
Orsières m[citation needed] Entremont VS 3,190 -
Ostermundigen - Bern BE 17,546 410,894 Bern
Payerne h[citation needed] Payerne VD 9,699 -
Peseux - Boudry NE 5,825 89,441 Neuchâtel
Pfäffikon - Uster ZH 11,864 1,334,269 Zurich
Plan-les-Ouates - - GE 10,697 579,227 Genève (CH)
Porrentruy h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 6,809 -
Pratteln - Liestal BL 16,668 541,011 Basel (CH)
Prilly - Lausanne VD 12,110 409,295 Lausanne
Pully - Lausanne VD 18,160 409,295 Lausanne
Rapperswil-Jona h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 26,989 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Regensberg h[citation needed] Dielsdorf ZH 474 1,334,269 Zurich
Regensdorf - Dielsdorf ZH 18,317 1,334,269 Zurich
Reinach (BL) - Arlesheim BL 19,178 541,011 Basel (CH)
Renens (VD) - Lausanne VD 21,036 409,295 Lausanne
Rheinau h[citation needed] Andelfingen ZH 1,299 -
Rheineck h[citation needed] Rheintal SG 3,485 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rheinfelden h[citation needed] Rheinfelden AG 13,337 541,011 Basel (CH)
Richterswil - Horgen ZH 13,454 1,334,269 Zurich
Riehen - - BS 21,477 541,011 Basel (CH)
Risch - - ZG 10,515 127,095 Zug
Riva San Vitale h[citation needed] Mendrisio TI 2,617 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Rolle h[citation needed] Rolle VD 6,218 -
Romainmôtier h[citation needed] Orbe VD 550 -
Romanshorn h[citation needed] Arbon TG 10,969 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Romont (FR) h[citation needed] Glane FR 5,304 -
Rorschach m[citation needed] Rorschach SG 9,418 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rue h[citation needed] Glane FR 1,505 -
Rüti (ZH) - Hinwil ZH 12,157 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Saillon h[citation needed] Martigny VS 2,574 -
Saint-Maurice - Saint-Maurice VS 4,595 -
Saint-Prex h[citation needed] Morges VD 5,682 409,295 Lausanne
Saint-Ursanne h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 700? -
Sargans h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 6,118 -
Sarnen m[citation needed] - OW 10,236 -
Schaffhausen h[citation needed] - SH 36,332 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Schlieren - Dietikon ZH 18,760 1,334,269 Zurich
Schwyz m[citation needed] Schwyz SZ 15,000 -
Sembrancher - Entremont VS 1,034 -
Sempach h[citation needed] Sursee LU 4,128 -
Sierre - Sierre VS 16,860 26,132 Sierre
Sion h[citation needed] Sion VS 34,599 84,138 Sion
Solothurn h[citation needed] Solothurn SO 16,703 78,046 Solothurn
Spiez -h[citation needed] Niedersimmental BE 12,707 -
Spreitenbach - Baden AG 11,788 1,334,269 Zurich
Splügen m[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 432 -
St. Gallen h[citation needed] St. Gallen SG 75,522 165,860 St. Gallen
St. Moritz - Maloja GR 4,994 -
Stäfa - Meilen ZH 14,435 1,334,269 Zurich
Stans - m[citation needed] NW 8,411 -
Steckborn h[citation needed] Steckborn TG 3,780 -
Steffisburg - Thun BE 15,816 -
Steinhausen - - ZG 9,875 127,095 Zug
Suhr - Aarau AG 10,154 76,636 Aarau
Stein am Rhein h[citation needed] - SH 3,376 -
Sursee h[citation needed] Sursee LU 9,900 -
Thalwil - Horgen ZH 17,857 1,334,269 Zurich
Thônex - - GE 14,091 579,227 Genève (CH)
Thun h[citation needed] Thun BE 43,743 80,264 Thun
Thusis h[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 9,269 -
Unterseen h 1280[14] Interlaken BE 5,712 23,943 Interlaken
Urdorf - Dietikon ZH 9,783 1,334,269 Zurich
Uster - Uster ZH 34,516 1,334,269 Zurich
Uznach h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 6,336 -
Uzwil - Wil SG 12,849 73,299 Wil (SG)
Val-de-Travers - Val-de-Travers NE 10,745 -
Valangin h[citation needed] Val-de-Ruz NE 504 -
Vernier - - GE 35,132 579,227 Genève (CH)
Versoix - - GE 13,329 579,227 Genève (CH)
Vevey h[citation needed] Vevey VD 19,827 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Veyrier - - GE 11,540 579,227 Genève (CH)
Villeneuve h[citation needed] Aigle VD 5,673 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Villars-sur-Glâne - Sarine FR 12,114 105,406 Fribourg
Visp m[citation needed] Visp VS 7,891 47,041 Brig–Visp
Volketswil - Uster ZH 18,693 1,334,269 Zurich
Wädenswil - Horgen ZH 21,792 1,334,269 Zurich
Waldenburg h[citation needed] Waldenburg BL 1,122 -
Walenstadt h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 5,598 -
Wallisellen - Bülach ZH 15,939 -
Wangen an der Aare h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,301 -
Werdenberg h[citation needed] Werdenberg SG 60 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Weinfelden - Weinfelden TG 11,388 -
Wettingen - Baden AG 20,721 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Wetzikon (ZH) - Hinwil ZH 24,513 1,334,269 Zurich
Wiedlisbach h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,317 -
Wil (SG) h[citation needed] Wil SG 23,768 73,299 Wil (SG)
Willisau h[citation needed] Willisau LU 7,825 -
Winterthur h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 110,912 138,252 Winterthur
Wohlen (AG) - Bremgarten AG 16,078 22,621 Wohlen (AG)
Yverdon-les-Bains h[citation needed] Yverdon VD 30,143 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Zermatt - Visp VS 5,643 -
Zofingen h[citation needed] Zofingen AG 11,561 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Zollikofen - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,314 410,894 Bern
Zollikon - Meilen ZH 12,983 1,334,269 Zurich
Zug h[citation needed] - ZG 30,205 127,095 Zug
Zürich h[citation needed] Zurich ZH 409,241 1,334,269 Zurich
Bad Zurzach m[citation needed] Zurzach AG 4,242 -

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c It considers itself still as a village.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g It does not call itself a town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistische Städte" (PDF) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Statistik der Schweizer Städte 2016" (PDF) (Official Statistical Yearbook) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Schweizerischer Städteverband / Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ "Die Raumgliederungen der Schweiz 2016" (in German, French, Italian, and English). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "STAT-TAB – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit" (online database) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Federal Statistical Office - FSO. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Städtische Bevölkerung: Agglomerationen und isolierte Städte" (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ Alfred Lüthi: Aarau in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2016-09-12.
  7. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Aarberg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-11-28.
  8. ^ Andreas Steigmeier: Aarburg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-23.
  9. ^ Bernardino Croci Maspoli: Agno in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-30.
  10. ^ Jean-Jacques Bouquet: Aigle (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-25.
  11. ^ Hans Stadler: Altdorf (UR) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2011-10-05.
  12. ^ Johannes Vogel: Altstätten (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-07.
  13. ^ Albin Hasenfratz, Hansjörg Brem, Kurt Buenzli: Arbon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-20.
  14. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Unterseen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-02-13.

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