Hofstetten is a municipality in the district of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.HistoryHofstetten is first mentioned in 914 as Pipineshovestetin. Until 2003 it was known as Hofstetten bei Elgg.GeographyHofstetten has an area of 8.9km2. Of this area, 49.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). housing and buildings made up 2.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (2%). Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.1% of the area. 1.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.The municipality is located between the Schauenberg and the Eulach river valley. It consists of the small villages of Hofstetten, Huggenberg, Geretswil, Wenzikon and Dickbuch.DemographicsHofstetten has a population of., 6.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. the gender distribution of the population was 51.8% male and 48.2% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population speaks German (98.6%), with French being second most common ( 0.5%) and Italian being third ( 0.2%).In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 62% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CSP (13.5%), the Green Party (8.2%) and the FDP (6.3%).