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Rohrbachgraben
Rohrbachgraben village
Rohrbachgraben village
Coat of arms of Rohrbachgraben
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Oberaargau
Area
 • Total 6.48 km2 (2.50 sq mi)
Elevation 634 m (2,080 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 394
 • Density 60.80/km2 (157.5/sq mi)
Postal code 4938
Surrounded by Dürrenroth, Huttwil, Kleindietwil, Rohrbach, Ursenbach, Walterswil

Rohrbachgraben is a municipality in the Oberaargau administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

History

Rohrbachgraben was a municipality created out of widely scattered settlements and farms around the Rohrbach stream. Until the modern era it was politically part of the village of Rohrbach. During the Middle Ages the entire region was part of a district of the land owned by the Abbey of St. Gall.

Agriculture still dominates the local economy. In 2009 there were still over 40 active farms in the municipality.

The municipality has its own primary school district. It is part of the Kleindietwil secondary school district.

Geography

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Farms in Rohrbachgraben

Rohrbachgraben has an area of 6.48 km2 (2.50 sq mi). Of this area, 4.48 km2 (1.73 sq mi) or 69.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi) or 27.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.19 km2 (0.073 sq mi) or 2.9% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.2% is either rivers or lakes.

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.1%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 19.4% is used for growing crops and 47.4% is pastures, while 2.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.

The municipality is a widely scattered collection of small farms and settlements without a central village. It consists of the hamlets and farm houses of Flückigen, Gansenberg, Glasbach, Kaltenegg, Liemberg, Matten, Wald and Wil.

On 31 December 2009 Amtsbezirk Aarwangen, the municipality's former district, was dissolved. On the following day, 1 January 2010, it joined the newly created Verwaltungskreis Oberaargau.

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