Penrith Population 2024

Penrith Poulation

Penrith is a city of New South Wales. Penrith is New South Wales’ 8th largest city in Australia with an estimated population of over 220,000 people, which accounts for 2.58% of NSW population. Penrith is only 50kms west of Sydney CBD. The city is a growing regional city with consistent population growth. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.0% of the population, which is quite above the national average.

Based on our research Penrith population will reach 220,143 by June of 2024. We use end of June each year due to Australia Bureau Statistics ABS always follow Australia financial year when pushed the data. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.36% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Penrith

Between the 2006 and 2011 Census, the population increased by more than 6,000 people. This growth is forecast to continue into the future with a population of 256,000 expected by 2036. Looking back last twelve years of Penrith’s population, the growth rate varies from 1.05% to 2.01%, adding around 2,120 to 3,907 people each year to the overall population.

The growth rate is very consistent and strong in last few years due to people prefer to stay because cheaper house prices compared with Sydney and only less than an hours’ drive from Penrith to Sydney.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 184,589 n/a
2012 187,103 1.3%
2013 190,337 1.73%
2014 194,015 1.93%
2015 197,922 2.01%
2016 200,106 1.1%
2017 202,335 1.11%
2018 204,455 1.05%
2019 207,464 1.47%
2020 210,137 1.44%
2021 212,343 1.05%
2022 214,650 1.09%
2023 217,180 1.18%


Demographics of Penrith

According to Australia census, Penrith is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. The top five ancestries for people in Penrith are: Australian, English, Irish, Scottish and Maltese. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Penrith are: Arabic, Tagalog, Italian, Maltese and Hindi.

The religious makeup of Penrith is: 35.2% Catholic, 23.6% Anglican, 14% No religion, 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.7% Uniting Church.

Population Density of Penrith

Penrith’s population density is 442 people per kilometer, which is one of the most populated cities in New South Wales.

Occupations and Industries 

The main occupations of people living in Penrith are 17.8% Clerical & administrative workers, 17.3% Professionals, 13.3% Technicians & trades workers, 10.7% Machinery operators & drivers, 10.6% Community & personal service workers, 9.7% Labourers, 9.6% Managers, 9.4% Sales workers, 1.7% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

The main industries people from Penrith work in are 11.9% Health care and social assistance, 11.3% Retail trade, 10.2% Manufacturing, 8.2% Public administration and safety, 7.1% Transport, postal and warehousing, 7.1% Construction, 6.9% Education and training, 6.7% Accommodation and food services, 4.8% Professional, scientific and technical services.

Facts About Penrith

  1. Penrith was named after the town of Penrith in Cumbria, England.
  2. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, the Penrith area was home to the Mulgoa tribe of the Darug people.
  3. Watkin Tench was the first British explorer to visit the area in 1789 and named the Nepean River after Lord Evan Nepean, under-secretary to the home department.
  4. Penrith Railway Station is a major railway station on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.
  5. The median age of people in the City of Penrith was 34 years; notably below the national median of 37 years.
  6. 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%).
  7. Fujieda, Japan in 1984 became the first sister city of Penrith City.
  8. The size of Penrith is 404.9 km2.


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