Total Population of Maguindanao Increased to 1.27 Million Persons (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Thursday, July 22, 2010


Total population increased by 472,613 persons

The total population of Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato City) was 1,273,715 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population. A population count of 801,102 persons was reported in 2000. The annual population growth rate of the province for the period 2000 to 2007 was 6.60 percent.

The number of households in 2007 was 245,557, and the average household size was 5.19 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.57 persons recorded in 2000.

Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) topped in terms of population size

Among the 33 municipalities in Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato City), Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) was the most populous with 9.5 percent of the total provincial population. It was followed by the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig) (8.1 percent), Parang (8.0 percent), and Shariff Aguak (Maganoy) (5.5 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a share of less than 4.0 percent each.


Males outnumbered females

Of the 1,273,254 household population of Maguindanao, 51.1 percent were males and 48.9 percent were females, or a sex ratio of 104 males for every 100 females. This is higher than the ratio of 100 males per 100 females or 1:1 sex ratio posted in 2000.

Median age of household population was 18 years

The household population of Maguindanao had a median age of 18 years, which means that half of the household population were below 18 years old. The same median age of 18 years was reported in 2000.

Children aged 5 to 9 years comprised the largest age group (16.0 percent). This was followed by age groups 0 to 4 years (14.3 percent) and 10 to 14 years (12.0 percent). The rest of the age groups had a share of less than 10.0 percent each.


There were more males than females in age groups 5 to 19 years and 35 to 79 years. Females, on the other hand, outnumbered males in age groups 20 to 34 years and 80 years and over.

More males than females among voting-age population

In 2007, about 52.0 percent of the household population were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). This is equal to the proportion of voting-age population recorded in 2000. Of the voting-age population, 50.4 percent were males and 49.6 percent were females.

Dependency ratio increased to 78 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group

The proportion of persons in the working age group (15 to 64 years) to total household population was 56.1 percent. Young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 42.3 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) consisted of 1.6 percent.

The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 78, which implies that there were 78 dependents (75 young dependents and 3 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group. This is higher than the overall dependency ratio of 74 dependents reported in 2000.

More males than females were never married

More than half (53.7 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 41.4 percent were never married. The rest of the population (4.9 percent) was categorized as follows: widowed (2.8 percent), divorced/separated (0.7 percent), had common law/live-in marital arrangement (0.6 percent), or had unknown marital status (0.8 percent). Among never-married persons, 53.4 percent were males while 46.6 percent were females. Males, however, were outnumbered by females in the rest of the categories for marital status.

More males pursued higher levels of education

Of the household population 5 years old and over, 40.9 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 20.8 percent had reached or completed high school, while 3.8 percent were college undergraduates. The proportion of academic degree holders increased from 0.5 percent in 2000 to 1.5 percent in 2007.

More males than females pursued higher levels of education as 51.2 percent of those who were reported to have academic degrees and 50.6 percent of those who had taken post baccalaureate courses were males.

Among household population 5 to 24 years old, 48.0 percent attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total males aged 5 to 24 years, 47.8 percent attended school at anytime during the said school year, while school attendance for females was 48.2 percent of the total females aged 5 to 24 years.

Number of occupied housing units increased to 243,057

The number of occupied housing units in Maguindanao reached 243,057 in 2007. A ratio of 101 households per 100 occupied housing units was reported in 2007. This is slightly lower than the ratio of 102 households per 100 housing units reported in 2000. In terms of the number of occupants per occupied housing unit, a ratio of 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit was recorded in 2007. This is lower compared to the ratio of 5.7 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Most occupied housing units had outer walls and roofs made of light materials

The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood increased from 35.4 percent in 2000 to 39.0 percent in 2007. However, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa dropped from 44.5 percent in 2000 to 39.5 percent in 2007.

Meanwhile, about five in every 10 (48.7 percent) occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw. The use of galvanized iron/aluminum as roofing materials increased from 30.8 percent in 2000 to 39.2 percent in 2007.







  Source:  Household Statistics Department
                   National Statistics Office
                   Manila, Philippines