Population increased by 63,027 persons
The province of La Union recorded a total population of 720,972 persons in the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 63,027 persons over the 2000 Census of Population and Housing (CENSUS 2000) figure of 657,945 persons. This most recent population census count for the province translated to an annual growth rate of 1.27 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, lower than the 2.09 percent annual growth rate registered for the period 1995 to 2000.
City of San Fernando was most populated
Among the lone city and 19 municipalities that comprise La Union, City of San Fernando, the provincial capital had the largest population, contributing 15.9 percent to the total provincial population. This was followed by municipalities of Bauang (9.7 percent), Agoo (8.0 percent), Rosario (6.8 percent), Naguilian (6.3 percent), and Aringay (6.0 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a share of less than 6.0 percent each, with the municipality of Burgos (1.2 percent) having the least share.
Average household size decreased
The number of households in La Union increased by 20.4 percent from 127,579 in 2000 to 153,550 in 2007. The household population also increased from 657,226 in 2000 to 719,657 in 2007.
This resulted to an average household size of 4.7 persons, lower than the 2000 average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000. .
Sex ratio remained at 102
There were 363,096 males and 356,561 females in 2007. This resulted to a sex ratio of 102, which means that there were 102 males for every 100 females. The same sex ratio was recorded in 2000.
Half of the population were below 24 years old
In 2007, the household population of La Union had a median age of 24 years, which implies that half of the household population were below 24 years old. This median age was two years higher than the median age computed in 2000.
Persons belonging to age groups 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years had the highest share to household population, contributing 10.8 percent each. This was followed by those in age group 0 to 4 years with 10.5 percent share.
Males dominated the females in age brackets 0 to 49 years, while there were more females than males in age brackets 50 years and over.
Voting-age population comprised 61.5 percent
Majority (61.5 percent) of the household population of La Union were of voting-ages (18 years old and over). The distribution of voting-age population by sex was almost even, with males sharing 49.6 percent and females, 50.4 percent.
Overall dependency ratio dropped
Approximately three-fifths (61.9 percent) belonged to working-age group (15 to 64 years), 32.2 percent were young dependents (aged 0 to 14 years), and about 6.0 percent were old dependents (aged 65 years and over).
The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 61.5, which implies that for every 100 persons in the working-age group, there were about 62 dependents (52 young and 10 old). This ratio was lower than the 68.1 ratio reported in 2000.
Almost half of population were married
In 2007, 47.0 percent of household population 10 years old and over were married, higher by 1.4 percentage points compared to 2000 figure of 45.6 percent. The proportion of single, on the other hand, was 42.3 percent, lower by 2.6 percentage points from 44.9 percent in 2000. The remaining 10.8 percent were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common-law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status.
More females pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population five years old and over, 32.2 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 36.4 percent had reached or graduated from high school, and 18.9 percent pursued education beyond high school. Proportion of academic degree holders increased from 5.0 percent in 2000 to 5.8 percent in 2007.
There were more females than males among those who had attended higher level of education: college undergraduate (50.9 percent), academic degree holder (56.4 percent), and post baccalaureate (58.1 percent).
Meanwhile, two-thirds of the household population 5 to 24 years old attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008, of which 51.2 percent were males and 48.8 percent were females.
Number of occupied housing units increased by 21.3 percent
From a total of 123,994 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 150,466 in 2007, showing an increase of 21.3 percent. The average number of households for every 100 occupied housing units was 102 households. This was lower than the ratio of 103 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000.
Materials for roofs and outer walls improved
An improvement in the materials used for the outer walls was observed in 2007. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 41.2 percent in 2000 to 51.8 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa dropped from 22.4 percent in 2000 to 16.1 percent in 2007.
Majority (95.2 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. Use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roof dropped from 4.8 percent in 2000 to 1.8 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office