The Lucerne population is growing – and with it the number of apartments and single-family houses. Here you can find out where the cheapest apartments are in the canton – and where it is expensive.

A lot is being built in the canton of Lucerne. In the Lucerne South development area in Kriens, around two new high-rise buildings and a sports and cultural arena are to be built.

The Mattenhof area has not been completed for a long time (picture).

 In Lucerne everything is being built - and yet there is still a housing shortage

A look at the Mattenhof and Schweighof quarters.

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  • There are around 204,500 apartments in the canton of Lucerne. That is 52,000 more apartments than in 2000.

  • Average rent prices have risen by 77 percent since 1990.

  • < p> The cheapest apartments are in the Entlebich region. The highest rents are in the agglomeration belt around Lucerne and in the Rooterberg/Rigi region.

More and more people are living in the canton of Lucerne: in the spring of 2016, the canton broke the 400,000 mark. In 2020 there were already 416,347 residents. “Over the past 20 years, the permanent resident population in the canton of Lucerne has increased by a fifth. That is almost 70 & # x27; 000 more people who live in the canton of Lucerne compared to the year 2000, ”said the Lucerne statistics office Lustat on Thursday. The growth is largely due to migration gains. In other words: More people have moved to the canton than they have moved away.

 In Lucerne everything is being built - and still there is a housing shortage

The development of the population in Lucerne since 1860.

The demand for apartments is steadily increasing

This is one of the reasons why the demand for apartments is increasing: On June 1, 2021, a total of 2,513 apartments and single-family houses were vacant in the canton of Lucerne. That is 524 fewer (-17.3 percent) than in the previous year and corresponds to a vacancy rate of 1.23 percent. So there is a shortage of housing in the canton. One speaks of this when the vacancy rate falls below 1.5 percent. In Lucerne this is currently the case in all regions with the exception of the lower Wiggler Valley. The vacancy rate there is 2.49 percent. The fewest vacant apartments were in the Sursee/Sempachersee region (0.79 percent) and in the agglomeration belt around the city of Lucerne (0.8 percent).

 In Lucerne everything is built ; lt - and still there is a housing shortage

The vacancy rate broken down by region.

If one takes a closer look at the individual municipalities, there are large differences in terms of the total housing stock. At the time of the survey, for example, there were no vacant apartments in Honau and Schlierbach. These are followed by Schenkon (0.07) and Dierikon (0.14 percent). In percentage terms, there are most vacant apartments in Werthenstein (6.43 percent).

This is how many apartments are being built in the canton of Lucerne

Population growth and the associated increasing demand for living space also have an impact on construction activity. According to Lustat, 3,020 apartments and single-family houses were built in the canton in 2019. Between 2015 and 2019, an average of 3,022 so-called residential units were built. That is 85 percent more than between 2000 and 2004. At that time, an average of 1629 residential units were built.

So much has been built in Lucerne since 2000.

So much construction activity also costs a lot of money: in 2019, privately-made construction investments in Lucerne were worth a good 2.5 billion francs, of which two thirds (1.7 billion) went to residential buildings, according to Lustat. Construction investments have been consistently high in recent years: “Between 2015 and 2019, private clients invested an average of just under 2.6 billion francs per year, significantly more in construction projects than in the years 2000 to 2004 (around 1.4 billion francs),” writes Lustat. Looking at the entire period between 2000 and 2019, private construction investments in the canton have doubled during this period.

The development of private construction investments in Lucerne since 2000.

15 percent of the apartments are inexpensive

But what about the rents? In 2019, the people of Lucerne spent an average of 1,300 francs on monthly net rent. This means that half of the population spent less than and the other half more than 1,300 francs. The share of inexpensive apartments is 15 percent. According to Lustat, apartments are considered to be inexpensive if their net rental price is less than 70 percent of the average rent for apartments with the same number of rooms. The cheapest rental apartments can be found in the Entlebuch region: on average, apartments there were rented for CHF 1,000 a month. “On average, the highest rents per month were paid in the agglomeration belt and in the Rooterberg/Rigi region (median 1400 francs each),” writes Lustat. In the city of Lucerne, the median was 1,340 francs per month.

On average, the Lucerne population paid 1,368 francs rent in 2019. That is 77 percent more than in 1990 (772 francs). The average rents in Lucerne, at 1,368 francs, are close to the national average (1,362 francs). At 46.7 square meters, the living space per person is only slightly higher than the Swiss average (46 square meters per person).

And finally, one last info service: How it looks with the rent development in the other cantons can be compared in the following interactive graphic.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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