Penrith is a city on the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area, in east central New South Wales, Australia. Penrith is approximately 54 kilometres by road west of Sydney, 30 metres above sea level and is located at latitude 33 45'01"S and longitude 150 41'39"E. The local government boundaries of the City of Penrith cover an area of some 407 square kilometres on the Nepean River flats of the Cumberland Plain. The Blue Mountains rise at the western border of the City area.
Preliminary figures for the population of Penrith City at the last Census in 2001 was 172,397. From 1996 to 2001 there has been a 5.7% increase (9275 people) in the Penrith LGA population. Furthermore, from 1991 to 2001 there has been a 15% growth rate.
This makes Penrith one of the three largest local government areas in Western Sydney and property valuations Sydney the sixth largest population of any local government area in New South Wales. The City of Penrith has a young population. At the last census in 1996, the 0-4 year old age group was the largest within the population.
The next largest age group was the 5-9 year olds and the 25-29 year olds. The population of Penrith is primarily in residential estates spreading north and south from the Great Western Highway, the M4 Freeway and the railway. In fact, 90% of Penrith residents reside in urban areas of the LGA.
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