The Population Density Increase by 53 Persons per Square Kilometer

Reference Number: 

2012-067

Release Date: 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Population density increases by 20.7 percent

The Philippine population density or the average number of persons per square kilometer in 2010 was 308. This figure represented an increase of 53 persons (20.7 percent) from 255 persons per square kilometer in 2000. In 1990, there were 202 persons residing in every square kilometer of land.

NCR remains the most densely populated region

The most densely populated region was the National Capital Region (NCR), with a population density of 19,137 persons per square kilometer in 2010. This figure is about 62 times higher than the population density at the national level. The 2010 figure translated to an increase of 3,105 persons per square kilometer (19.4 percent) from 16,032 persons per square kilometer in 2000. The population density of NCR in 1990 was 12,830 persons per square kilometer.

Aside from NCR, five other regions surpassed the national population density of 308 persons per square kilometer. These were Region IV-A (758 persons per square kilometer), Region III (460 persons per square kilometer), Region VII (428 persons per square kilometer), Region I (366 persons per square kilometer), and Region VI (342 persons per square kilometer). In contrast, three regions had a population density of less than 100 persons per square kilometer. These were CAR (82 persons per square kilometer), Region IV-B (93 persons per square kilometer), and ARMM (97 persons per square kilometer).

Region IV-A reaches 35.3 percent increase in population density

Region IV-A had the highest increase in population density among regions from 2000 to 2010 (35.3 percent). It was followed by Region XII with an increase of 27.5 percent and Region III with 23.6 percent increase. Region I (13.0 percent) showed the smallest increase in population density from 2000 to 2010.

Five provinces have a population density of more than 1,000 persons per square kilometer

Among the 80 provinces of the country, five had reached a population density of more than 1,000 persons per square kilometer in 2010. The top three provinces with the highest population density are all located in Region IV-A. The province of Rizal was the most densely populated province with 2,101 persons per square kilometer, followed by Cavite with a population density of 1,950 persons per square kilometer, and Laguna with 1,392 persons per square kilometer. The other two provinces with a density exceeding 1,000 persons per square kilometer are Bulacan with 1,046 persons per square kilometer, and Pampanga with 1,006 persons per square kilometer.

CAR provinces have the least population density

All provinces in CAR, except for Benguet, were among the 16 provinces with the least population density or those with population density of less than 100 persons per square kilometer. Apayao remained the most sparsely populated province in 2010, with a population density of 26 persons per square kilometer.

Next was the province of Palawan with 53 persons per square kilometer, followed closely by Abra with 56 persons per square kilometer.

The population density of the rest of the 16 most sparsely populated provinces ranged from 62 persons per square kilometer in Kalinga to 97 persons per square kilometer in Maguindanao.

 

  (Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Administrator

 

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