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  • Penrith City Community Profile

    Penrith City Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

    Important statistics include:   


    The official population of Penrith City as of the 30th June 2017, is 205,000.

    The Estimated Resident Population is the official Penrith City population for 2017.

    Other areas of interest includes Population highlights and various statistics within the How old are we? and Who are we? datasets.


    Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in Penrith City regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

    The Ancestry dataset should be looked at in conjunction with other community characteristics like Birthplace, Religion and Language spoken at home. All these indicators can be found within the Who are we? dataset


    Educational Qualifications relate to education outside of primary and secondary school and are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status.

    With other data sources, such as Employment Status, Income and Occupation, Penrith City's Educational Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of Penrith

    Employment status

    Penrith City's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation indicate the strength of the local economy and social characteristics of the population.

    Employment status is linked to a number of factors including Industries, Occupation of employment and even Method of travel to work.

    Households summary

    Penrith City's household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. It reveals the area's residential role and function, era of settlement and provides key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities as most are related to age and household types.

    To continue building the story, Penrith City's Household Summary should be viewed in conjunction with Households with Children, Households without Children, Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type.

    Go to the Penrith City Community Profile site

    For a full list of Profile .id datasets, click here to access the Site Map

  • Penrith City Community Atlas

    Penrith City Community Atlas provides key socio-demographic characteristics, based on census data presented as interactive maps. 

    Go to the Penrith City Community Atlas site

  • Penrith City Population and Households Forecasts

    Penrith City Population and Household Forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year between 2011 and 2036. 

    Important statistics include: 

    Projected forecasts for Penrith

    The 2018 population forecast for Penrith City is 209,140 and is forecast to grow to 258,195 by 2036.

    Residential development

    Residential development can take various forms depending on the availability of land. These include new housing estates on greenfield sites, subdivision in existing residential neighbourhoods (often called infill development), conversion of industrial lands to residential lands, and densification of housing by building up.

    Residential development forecasts assume the number of dwellings in Penrith City will increase by an average of 1,245 dwellings per annum to 96,813 in 2036.

    Population changes

    There are two ways in which population change can come about - through net migration and/or through natural increase (births minus deaths). Some areas are more driven by one or other of these factors. Migration is largely driven by housing development, whereas natural increase is a function of the age of the population. 

    Mapping forecasts

    The Mapping Forecasts dataset looks at dwellings and development, population and age structure and household types, assessing and mapping changes in these three areas.

    Go to the Penrith Population and Household Forecasts site

    For a full list of Forecast .id datasets, click here to access the Site Map

  • Penrith City Economic Profile

    Penrith Economic Profile provides an analysis of Penrith's economic role and function, compares it with other areas and how it is changing over time. The profile is based on data from a range of sources including Census, National Accounts, National Economics, Journey to Work and ABS Business Register.

    Important statistics include:

    Gross Regional Product

    Penrith City's Gross Regional Product was $8.88 billion in the year ending June 2017.

    This section looks at Headline Gross Regional Product (GRP), Local Industry GRP and Local Residents GRP.

    To understand the relative size of these measures and reasons behind the differences, GRP data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment Capacity and Self-Containment datasets. To understand the main contributors to GRP, this dataset should be viewed in conjunction with Industry Value-Added.


    Looking at Market characteristics in conjunction with the Population figures will give a holistic view of Penrith City.

    Local jobs

    This indicator shows the estimated number of jobs in the local area , on an annual basis back to 2001. A count of jobs is one of the most fundamental economic indicators of the size of the local economy, and increasing numbers of jobs generally represent a growing economy.

    Job numbers should be viewed in conjunction with FTE workers, Worker Productivity and Employment self-containment datasets.

    Employment characteristics

    Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Penrith City. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Penrith City's economy.

    Other areas which will be of interest in relation to Employment Characteristics include Workforce profiles, Full-time employment by industry, Employment locations and Workers place of residence datasets.

    Local businesses

    Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Penrith City within each industry sector using the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Business Register. The distribution of businesses may reflect the industry structure of the area, or may differ significantly.

    Related statistics of interest include the Employment (Total) and Value-Added datasets, to see the relative size of industries, and Employment Locations, to see where business employment occurs within the area.

    Employed residents

    Employed residents may have a workplace inside or outside the area, which makes it interesting to also look at the Residents place of work by industry and Residents place of work by occupation datasets.

    Related statistics are contained in the Resident labour force dataset.

    Click for .id infographic - The Growth City

    Click for .id infographic - Heart of the New West

    Click for .id infographic - Building the New West: Target Sectors

    Go to the Penrith Economic Profile site

    For a full list of Economic .id datasets, click here to access the Site Map

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