Arosa is a municipality and town in the Plessure district in the Graubunden canton in the country of Switzerland. It is a tourist destination in both the wintertime and summertime. It has a population of roughly 3,300.
In 2013, the municipalities of St. Peter-Pagig, Peist, Molinis, Luen, Langwies, Castiel, and Calfreisen were combined into the Arosa municipality.
Arosa is a world famous skiing area that is very safe and has 37 miles of slopes.
The primary industry is tourism: there are about 4,300 guest beds. The municipality has an unemployment rate of around 1%.
Arosa was first described as Araus in 1330. It was mentioned in 1383 as Orossen, and it was described as Arosa in 1428.
The first settlements in the area date from the 1200s. After 1300, settlers who spoke German came from the area of Davos and took the place of the residents who spoke Romansch. In the ensuing centuries, the town had an economy based on subsistence alpine farming. It was actually a part of the municipality of Davos until 1851. The municipality was set up as a health resort in 1883, because of a German doctor. A sanatorium was established there in 1888. It started to become more like a winter resort after the year 1900. The first ski lifts were created in 1938, and the Weisshorn cable car was opened in 1956, and additional chair lifts and rope followed.
Arosa separated out from the Davos municipality in 1851.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who penned the Sherlock Holmes stories, wrote about his experience skiing in Arosa, and it attracted a lot of British tourists to the area. He published his account in 1894.
The Arosa municipality has a total area of about 16.5 square miles. Out of this total area, about 42% is put to use for agriculture, a little over 15% is covered in forest, 3% is settled (roads and buildings), and the rest of the land includes the mountains, glaciers, and rivers which bring in tourists that account for most of the tourism industry. About 40% includes those mountains, glaciers, and rivers.
Arosa has a population of about 3,300. About 22% of the population is composed of nationals from foreign countries. Over the last decade that population has gone down by almost 10%.
In Arosa, roughly 70% of the people living there between the ages of 25 and 65 have finished either their upper secondary education or further higher education.
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