Aarau is the capital city of the Aargau Canton in northern Switzerland. The place is also the Aarau district capital. It is mostly Protestand, and most of the people speak German. Aarau is located on the Swiss plateau, in the Aare valley, on the right bank of the river, and on the southern end of the Jura mountains, and it is located to the west of Zurich, and 40 miles to the northeast of the city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The borders of the municipality are right on the Solothurn Canton to the west. It is the 2nd biggest city Aargau after Wettingen. At the start of 2010 Rohr was included as an Aarau suburb. It has a population of roughly 5,000.
The old city is located on a rocky bit of land at a narrow part of the Aare river valley, and it is located at the southern base of the Jura mountains. Some of the newer districts of the city are located to the east and south of the outcrop, and higher up the mountain as well, and in the valley on either side of the Aare.
Aarau has an unemployment rate of a little over 2%. There are a total of 24,000 jobs in the area, but there are only 16,000 residents. People from different communities come in to work in Aarau.
The biggest employer in aarau is the government of the canton, and its offices are spread out over the whole city at different locations. One of the offices of Switzerland’s fifth biggest newspaper, Aargauer Zeitung, is based in Aarau, and a television studio and a number of radio stations.
Over 50% of the people that work in Aarau live in the suburbs of the city, or a little farther out in the area that surrounds them. So, there is a very busy rush hour, and there are traffic jams on a regular basis. On a statistical basis, Aarau has the most jobs per capita of any city in Switzerland.
Aarau has a very small scale, and it always has to expand its borders to keep up with the expansion and growth of the community. The urban center is right in the center of Basel, Bern, and Zurich, and Aarau is having more and more trouble keeping its independence from the neighboring big cities. The idea of combining Aarau with the suburbs around it has been brought up as an idea.
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