Population increased to 163,610
The population of Quirino was 163,610 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 15,035 persons over the population count of 148,575 persons in 2000. The recent population count for the province translates to an annual growth rate of 1.34 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, lower than the 2.71 percent annual growth rate registered for the period 1995 to 2000.
The number of households reached 36,403, which was 5,822 households more than the 2000 figure. The average household size in 2007 was 4.5 persons, which was slightly lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
Diffun was the most populated municipality
Among the six municipalities of Quirino, Diffun, was the most populous with a population of 42,958 persons or 26.3 percent of the provincial total population. This municipality was followed by Maddela (20.6 percent), Cabarroguis, the provincial capital (17.1 percent), Aglipay (15.3 percent), and Nagtipunan (12.5 percent). The municipality of Saguday (8.2 percent) had the least share.
Males dominated the household population
Of the 163,406 household population of Quirino, 51.7 percent were males and 48.3 percent were females or a sex ratio of 107 males for every 100 females. This was slightly higher than the sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females in 2000.
Half of the population of Quirino were below 22 years old
The household population of Quirino had a median age of 22 years, which shows that half of the household population were below 22 years old. The median age recorded in 2000 was 20 years.
Majority of the voting-age population were males
More than half (58.5 percent) of the household population of Quirino were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). The distribution of voting-age population by sex showed that males (51.7 percent) outnumbered the females (48.3 percent).
Overall dependency ratio decreased
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15-64 years) was 61.1 percent, young dependents (0-14 years), 34.9 percent and old dependents (65 years and over), 4.0 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 63.6, which implies that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 64 dependents (57 young dependents and 7 old dependents). In 2000, the overall dependency ratio was recorded at 70.1.
Majority were married
More than half (52.4 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 40.7 percent were single. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or unknown. The single persons were composed of more males (56.4 percent) than females (43.6 percent). Females outnumbered the males in the rest of the categories for marital status, except for the unknown category.
In 2000, the proportion of married persons was 50.1 percent, while the proportion of single persons was 42.9 percent of the total household population 10 years old and over.
Academic degree holders increased
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 42.1 percent had attended or finished elementary education and 31.7 percent had reached high school. Academic degree holders only accounted for 7.1 percent but proportion of these to the household population 5 years old and over increased by 4.5 percentage points from the 2000 figure.
More females pursued higher levels of education than males as indicated by the result that majority of those with academic degree (59.0 percent) and post baccalaureate degree (61.5 percent) were females.
For the household population 5 to 24 years old, majority (66.0 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 67.5 percent attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008, while attendance for males was 64.5 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 30,240 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 35,793 in 2007, showing an increase of 18.4 percentage points. The average number of households for every 100 occupied housing units was 102 households, higher than the ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000. However, in terms of number of persons per occupied housing unit, the ratio of 4.6 persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was lower than the ratio of 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Most occupied housing units were made of strong materials
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 25.2 percent in 2000 to 29.5 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa dropped from 22.6 percent in 2000 to 10.1 percent in 2007.
Majority (85.8 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roof made of galvanized iron/aluminum. Use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roof remarkably decreased from 23.3 percent in 2000 to 8.9 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office