Population and Housing

Northern Mindanao: Half of the Population Were Below 20 Years

As of May 1, 2000, the total population of Northern Mindanao, which covers the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental; and the city of Cagayan de Oro, was 2,747,585 persons. This implied an increase of 264,313 persons over the 1995 census figure or an average annual population growth rate of 2.19 percent, lower than the annual population growth rate recorded during the 1990 to 1995 period (2.32 percent). If the average annual growth rate continues at 2.19 percent, the population of the region is expected to double in 32 years, increasing on the average, by 60,172 persons a year or about seven persons per hour.

Western Visayas Eight Percent of the Total Population Were From Western Visayas

The population of Western Visayas which covered the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo City and Bacolod City, as of May 1, 2000 was 6,211,038 persons. This was up by more than 400 thousand persons as compared to the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN). For the period 1995 to 2000, the annual population growth rate of Western Visayas was 1.56 percent, higher than that of the 1990 to 1995 period (1.30 percent). If the current annual population growth rate of the region continues, the population is expected to double in 44 years, increasing on the average, by 97 thousand persons a year or about 11 persons per hour.

Southern Tagalog: Biggest Region in the Philippines

Southern Tagalog which covered the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon and Aurora and the highly urbanized City of Lucena, had steadily grown to 11,793,655 persons based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing (Census 2000). This was up by more than two million persons as compared to the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN). For the period 1995 to 2000, the annual population growth rate of Southern Tagalog was 4.12 percent, higher than that of the 1990 to 1995 period (3.18 percent), and even surpassing the national annual population growth rate of 2.36 percent. If the current annual population growth rate of the region continues, the population is expected to double in 17 years, increasing on the average, by almost 500 thousand persons a year or about 56 persons per hour.

Central Luzon: Third Biggest Region

Central Luzon, which covered the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales and two highly urbanized cities (Angeles City and Olongapo City) had steadily grown to 8,030,945 persons based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing (Census 2000). This was up by more than one million persons as compared to the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN). For the period 1995 to 2000, the annual population growth rate of Central Luzon was 3.20 percent, higher than that of the 1990 to 1995 period (2.12 percent), and even surpassing the national annual population growth rate of 2.36 percent. If the current annual population growth rate of the region continues, the population is expected to double in 22 years, increasing on the average, by more than 200 thousand persons a year or about 29 persons per hour.

Cagayan Valley: Nine in Ten Households Owned/Amortized Their Housing Units

Cagayan Valley Region which covered the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, recorded a total population of 2,813,159 persons in the 2000 Census of Population and Housing (Census 2000). This was up by 277,124 persons as compared to the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN). For the period 1995 to 2000, the annual population growth rate for Cagayan Valley was 2.25 percent, higher than that of the 1990 to 1995 period (1.51 percent). If the current annual population growth rate of the region continues, the population is expected to double in 31 years, increasing on the average, by almost 63 thousand persons a year or about seven persons per hour.

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