Merrylands


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Area Profile
The size of Merrylands is approximately 6kms in area. It has 13 parks covering nearly 7% of the total area. There are 7 schools and childcare centres located in Merrylands.
The population of Merrylands in 2001 was 19,838 people. By 2006 the population was 24,679 showing a population growth of 24% in the area during that period.
The predominant age group in Merrylands is 20-29 years.
Households in Merrylands are primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying between $800 & $1,000 per month on mortgage repayments.
In general, people in Merrylands work in a non-specific occupation.
In 2001, 53% of the homes in Merrylands were owner-occupied compared with 56% in 2006.

Population Demographics
Slightly over half of Merrylands' population are foreign-born, with Lebanon being the highest of any single country (8.45%) and 49.3% of residents being born in Australia.[2] Merrylands is made up of a large community with people from Italian, Lebanese, African and Assyrian background, with the majority being of Christian faith. According to the 2006 Census, the most common languages spoken at home in Merrylands were English (36.2%), Arabic (19.6%), Turkish (3.0%), Mandarin (2.9%) and Cantonese (2.9%)[3].

Notable residents
Some of the current and former residents of Merrylands include:
Betty Cuthbert - Athlete. Born in Merrylands.
Liam Fulton - Professional rugby league player. Resides in Merrylands.
Rick Springfield - Singer, musician and actor. Born in Merrylands.
Matthew Gardiner - Trade Unionist. Raised in Merrylands
Paul Nakad - Musician and actor. Resides in Merrylands. 

History
Merrylands was named after the former English home of Arthur Todd Holroyd (1806-1887), who acquired land in this area in 1855. The local government area that Merrylands is part of is named after him.

Churches
There are a number of churches in Merrylands, including Merrylands East Presbyterian Church, St Margaret Marys Catholic Church, Merrylands Anglican Church, Merrylands Baptist Church, Merrylands Uniting Church, Merrylands Presbyterian Church and an Evangelical church.

Climate
Merrylands has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and muggy summers and mild winters. Summers average at 28.7°C and winters Average at 17.6°C. 2/3 of the year the sun is shining. Merrylands can get hotter than surrounding areas like Parramatta. The hottest maximum temp ever recorded in Merrylands was 44°C on 1 January 2006, the coldest Temp recorded in Merrylands was 1.7°C on 17 July 2005.