Auerbach (Vogtland)

Auerbach (German pronunciation: [ˈaʊ.ɐbax] (listen)) is a town in the Vogtlandkreis, Saxony, Germany. It is the regional centre of the eastern Vogtland. The economy is mainly based on textile manufacture, food processing and machine industry. After Plauen and Reichenbach, Auerbach is the third most populous town in the Vogtlandkreis.

Auerbach

Coat of arms
Location of Auerbach (Vogtland)
Auerbach
Auerbach
Coordinates: 50°30′34″N 12°24′0″E
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictVogtlandkreis
Subdivisions5
Government
  MayorManfred Deckert
Area
  Total55.52 km2 (21.44 sq mi)
Elevation
555 m (1,821 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total18,357
  Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
08209
Dialling codes03744
Vehicle registrationV, AE, OVL, PL, RC
Websitewww.stadt-auerbach.de

Auerbach was mentioned for the first time in 1282. The town is situated at the declivities above the river Göltzsch at the foot of a castle tower from the 12th century. Landmarks include the towers of the St. Laurentius church, the Catholic Zum Heiligen Kreuz church and the 43.9-metre-high (144 ft) tower of the castle. The three tall buildings give Auerbach its nickname “the Three Towers Town”.

Demographics

Historical population (from 1960, as on 31 December):

1834 bis 1960

  • 1834: 02,985
  • 1875: 05,277
  • 1880: 06,258
  • 1910: 12,721
  • 1933: 19,597
  • 1946: 18,708 1
  • 1950: 21,765 2

1971 bis 2008

  • 1971: 18,714
  • 1981: 18,449
  • 1984: 21,617
  • 1997: 20,425
  • 2001: 19,675
  • 2005: 21,110
  • 2008: 20,340

ab 2012

  • 2012: 19,300
  • 2013: 19,076
  • 2015: 18,893

Data source from 1998: Saxon State Statistical Office
1 29 October
2 31 August

References

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