Walenstadt has a population (as of 31 December 2011) of 5,428. As of 2007, about 18.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2000), 73 are from Germany, 148 are from Italy, 400 are from ex-Yugoslavia, 24 are from Austria, 95 are from Turkey, and 107 are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (88.5%), with Albanian being second most common ( 2.9%) and Italian being third ( 2.4%). Of the Swiss national languages (as of 2000), 4,010 speak German, 22 people speak French, 110 people speak Italian, and 13 people speak Romansh.
The age distribution, as of 2000, in Walenstadt is; 579 children or 12.8% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 637 teenagers or 14.1% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 523 people or 11.5% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 747 people or 16.5% are between 30 and 39, 642 people or 14.2% are between 40 and 49, and 545 people or 12.0% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 378 people or 8.3% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 315 people or 7.0% are between 70 and 79, there are 148 people or 3.3% who are between 80 and 89,and there are 18 people or 0.4% who are between 90 and 99.
In 2000 there were 558 persons (or 12.3% of the population) who were living alone in a private dwelling. There were 916 (or 20.2%) persons who were part of a couple (married or otherwise committed) without children, and 2,629 (or 58.0%) who were part of a couple with children. There were 227 (or 5.0%) people who lived in single parent home, while there are 27 persons who were adult children living with one or both parents, 6 persons who lived in a household made up of relatives, 30 who lived household made up of unrelated persons,and 139 who are either institutionalized or live in another type of collective housing.
In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 37% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (27.8%), the SP (13.1%) and the FDP (12%).
In Walenstadt about 69.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Out of the total population in Walenstadt, as of 2000, the highest education level completed by 997 people (22.0% of the population) was Primary, while 1,681 (37.1%) have completed their secondary education, 476 (10.5%) have attended a Tertiary school, and 203 (4.5%) are not in school. The remainder did not answer this question.
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