City of Penrith - Demographics


At the 2011 Census, there were 178,467 people in the Penrith local government area, of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.0% of the population; notably above the national average of 2.5%. The median age of people in the City of Penrith was 34 years; notably below the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.6% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.5% were married and 12.1% were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the City of Penrith between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.15% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 3.68%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Penrith local government area was significantly lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Penrith was on with par with the national average.

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Penrith local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 66% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 64% of all residents in the City of Penrith area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Penrith local government area had a marginally lower than average proportion (18.4%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a higher proportion (80.9%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).

Selected historical census data for Penrith local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011
Population Estimated residents on Census night 171,870 172,140 178,467
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 2.58%
% of Australian population 0.92% 0.87% 0.83%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 29.1%
English 25.2%
Irish 6.8%
Scottish 5.3%
Maltese 3.0%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 1.3% 1.5% 1.6%
Tagalog 1.3% 0.8% 1.0%
Italian 1.0% 0.9% 0.8%
Maltese 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Hindi n/c n/c 0.8%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 34.5% 34.9% 35.2%
Anglican 26.1% 24.7% 23.6%
No religion 9.8% 11.9% 14.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed 3.4% 3.1% 2.9%
Uniting Church 3.7% 3.1% 2.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$517 A$623
% of Australian median income 110.9% 108.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,147 A$1,582
% of Australian median income 111.7% 106.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,285 A$1,398
% of Australian median income 109.7% 113.3%

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