Risch, 13.10.2021

Risch the most attractive municipality in Switzerland

In a large comparison of municipalities, Risch came out on top against 936 other municipalities. But this is no reason to sit back in contentment for mayor Peter Hausherr. The next projects are already pending in Risch.

Where is the quality of life high? Where is it safe? Which municipalities are environmentally friendly and where are there jobs? Which is the most attractive municipality in Switzerland?

Municipal representatives in the canton of Zug can pat each other on the back following the answers to these questions. In a large study published in the "Handelszeitung", 936 Swiss municipalities were evaluated and ranked on the basis of 70 factors. The ranking of the most attractive municipalities is headed by Risch, with Cham and the City of Zug just behind. Unterägeri and Hünenberg follow in 8th and 10th places. This means that Zug municipalities occupy as many as half of the top ten – alongside Meggen (LU), Zollikon (ZH), Hergiswil (NW) and Uitikon (ZH) in 4th to 7th place and Rüschlikon (ZH) in 9th place.

Zug municipalities among the top 10

Municipality

Risch

Cham

Zug

Unterägeri

Hünenberg

Overall

1

2

3

8

10

 

Labour market

253

200

50

285

146

 

Housing & Real Estate

25

15

11

21

40

 

Population structure

132

123

174

49

104

 

Tax burden

4

5

2

6

13

 

Mobility & Transport

198

107

22

661

232

 

Supply

215

285

168

221

729

 

Safety

264

312

582

254

143

 

Ecology

219

362

524

351

309

 

Source: Handelszeitung No. 41 / 7 October 2021

It’s perhaps less surprising that Zug's top ten municipalities are above all at the forefront due to their low Tax Burden. The City of Zug is thereby in 2nd place in this overall ranking, with Risch, Cham and Unterägeri in 4th, 5th and 6th place. First and third place also go to two Zug municipalities, which did not make it into the top ten, however: Baar (overall ranking 18th place) and Walchwil (overall ranking 72nd place).

On its website, the municipality of Risch advertised the fact that it was one of the most attractive municipalities - long before the publication of the above ranking. This now seems to be coming true. For Peter Hausherr, the mayor (Gemeindepräsidenten) and a native of Risch, the result is nevertheless surprising.

Aerial view of the municipality of Risch-Rotkreuz in August 2021       Photo: Patrick Hürlimann
The mayor of Risch, Peter Hausherr.

Peter Hausherr, did you expect Risch to obtain such a ranking?
You can't expect to be in first place in such a comprehensive analysis, of course. It’s also not the case that we’re constantly dealing with such ratings in everyday life.

What do you think makes Risch so attractive?
We have a good infrastructure with modern schools and sports facilities right in the centre, good transport connections, a wide range of interesting jobs and training places and a beautiful landscape. In addition, there’s an active club life with many members.

What are the next projects to be carried out in the community?
We mainly want to improve the traffic situation in the field of private transport, as well as public transport. The planning of the centre with a modern railway station is an important element, which is also intended to strengthen the range of services for public life and associations with the long-term, recently plans for the village centre. We are also expanding the area of living and care with the new Dreilinden centre for our elderly population. Together with the ‘Kanti Ennetsee’ project, we would like to upgrade the range of sports on offer, among other things. And like all other municipalities, we are currently working on the Local Planning Revision.

In the eight categories, Risch scores rather poorly in "Security" with rank 264. Why is that?
Well, first of all, a position of 264 from a total of 936 municipalities is not really bad. But of course there have also been certain crimes in our community.

What lessons do you draw from the evaluation?
We don’t draw specific lessons, but rather want to continue to work to ensure that the quality of life is ensured here in the future, that people feel comfortable and that interesting perspectives can be offered.