Number of households increased by 4,082
The City of Isabela is the capital of the province of Basilan. In 2001, the province of Basilan became an administrative part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. However, the City of Isabela remained as part of Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula).
The population of the City of Isabela was 87,985 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 14,953 persons over the population count of 73,032 persons in 2000. The recent population count for the city translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.60 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, higher than the PGR of 1.36 for the period 1995 to 2000.
The number of households reached 17,835, which was 4,082 households more than the 2000 census figure of 13,753 households. The average household size in 2007 was 4.9 persons, slightlly lower than the average household size of 5.3 persons in 2000.
Aguada was the most populous barangay
Among the 45 barangays in the City of Isabela, barangay Aguada was the most populous with a population of 5,242 persons or 6.0 percent of the cityÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s total population. This was followed by barangays Tabuk (Pob.) (5.7 percent), Sumagdang (5.4 percent), San Rafael (4.9 percent), and Tampalan (4.0 percent). The rest of the barangays had a share of less than 4.0 percent each, with barangay Seaside (Pob.) (0.2 percent) having the least share.
Sex ratio remain unchanged
Of the 87,869 household population of the City of Isabela in 2007, there was almost equal distribution of males (49.8 percent) and females (50.2 percent). This translated to a sex ratio of 99 males for every 100 females, the same sex ratio recorded in 2000.
Median age increased to 20 years
The household population of the City of Isabela had a median age of 20 years, which means that half of the household population were below 20 years old. The median age for the city in 2007 was one year higher than the median age of 19 years recorded in 2000.
Approximately one in every four (25.1 percent) of the cityÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s household population belonged to age groups 5 to 9 (12.8 percent) and 10 to 14 years (12.3 percent). Age groups 0 to 4 years and 15 to 19 years contributed 11.8 percent and 11.0 percent to the household population, respectively.
Majority of the voting-age population were females
More than half (56.4 percent) of the household population of the City of Isabela were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). About 50.7 percent of the voting-age population were females while 49.3 percent were males.
Overall dependency ratio decreased to 67
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 59.9 percent; young dependents (0 to 14 years), 36.8 percent; and old dependents (65 years and over), 3.3 percent.
The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 66.9, lower than the overall dependency ratio of 72.9 in 2000. This implies that in 2007, there were about 67 dependents (61 young dependents and 6 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group. In 2000, there were about 73 dependents (68 young dependents and 5 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group.
Never-married persons comprised more of males than females
Nearly half (47.9 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 44.2 percent were never-married. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or unknown. Among never-married persons, there were more males (52.7 percent) than females (47.3 percent). Females dominated the males in the rest of the categories for marital status, except for common law/live-in category.
In 2000, the proportion of married persons was 47.1 percent, while the proportion of never-married persons was 45.4 percent of the total household population 10 years old and over.
More females had academic degrees; more males pursued post baccaluareate courses
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 35.9 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 25.1 percent had reached high school, 9.4 percent were college undergraduates, and 10.8 percent were academic degree holders.
More than half of those with academic degrees (52.8 percent) were females. However, there were more males (55.2 percent) than females who pursued post baccalaureate studies.
More females attended school
Among household population 5 to 24 years old, approximately three out of five (63.5 percent) attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 64.3 percent attended school at anytime during the said School Year, while attendance for males was 62.6 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 13,375 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 17,425 in 2007, showing an increase of 30.3 percent. The average number of occupants for every 100 occupied housing units was 102 households or 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit. This was slightly lower than the ratio of 103 households for every 100 occupied housing units or 5.4 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Nearly three fourths of the occupied housing units had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum
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 10.5 percent in 2000 to 15.2 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/anahaw dropped from 13.8 percent in 2000 to 9.3 percent in 2007, or a difference of 4.6 percentage points.
Majority (73.7 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. Use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roofs was 24.6 percent, showing a decrease of 10.5 percentage points from the 2000 figure.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office