MIMAROPA’S Population almost reached 3.0 Million (Results from the 2015 Census of Population)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Total population went up by 218.7 thousand persons

  • As of 1 August 2015, MIMAROPA had a total population of 2,963,360 persons based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).
  • The total population based on the POPCEN 2015 is higher by 218,689 persons compared with the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) count of 2,744,671 persons. Based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007), the total population was 2,559,791 persons.


Population increased by 15 persons per year for every 1,000 persons

  • The increase in MIMAROPA’s population translated into an average population growth rate (PGR) of 1.5 percent annually during the period 2010 to 2015.  This means that there were about 15 persons added per year for every 1,000 persons in the population.
  • The annual PGR was higher at 1.8 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 and at 1.7 percent during the period 2000 to 2015. 


Almost two fifths of the total population resided in Palawan

  • Palawan, including Puerto Princesa City, comprised almost two fifths (37.3 percent) of the region’s total population. Of this, Palawan (excluding Puerto Princesa City) had 849,469 persons or 28.7 percent, while Puerto Princesa, the only highly urbanized city in the region had 255,116 persons or 8.6 percent of the total population of the region.
  • The second populous province was Oriental Mindoro with 844,059 persons (28.5 percent), followed by Occidental Mindoro with 487,414 perons (16.4 percent); Romblon, 292,781 persons (9.9 percent); and Marinduque, 234,521 persons (7.9 percent).


Males outnumbered females

  • Of the household population, 51.1 percent was male while 48.9 percent was female.  This resulted in a sex ratio of 104 males for every 100 females. Sex ratio reported in 2010 was 105 males for every 100 females.


Median age increased to 21.4 years

  • In 2015, the median age of the region’s household population was 21.4 years, which means that half of the total population was below 21.4 years old and hald was above 21.4 years old. The median age in 2010 was 20.4 years.


Average household size in 2015 was 4.4 persons

  • The household population of the region in 2015 was 2,946,505 persons, higher by 214,577 persons from the household population of 2,731,928 persons in 2010.
  • The number of households, meanwhile, increased by 13.4 percent from 602,131 in 2010 to 682,668 in 2015.
  • The average household size in 2015 was 4.3 persons, lower than the average household size of 4.5 persons in 2010.


Children aged 5 to 9 years comprised the largest age groups

  • The age-sex distribution of the population showed that children aged 5 to 9 years, comprised the largest age groups, making up 12.0 percent of the household population, followed by those in the age groups 0 to 4 years and 10 to 14 years ( both 11.7 percent) and 15 to 19 years (10.6 percent).
  • Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 59 years.  Females, on the other hand, outnumbered their male counterparts in the older age groups (60 years old and over).


Dependency ratio decreased to 67 dependents per 100 persons in the working-age group

  • Of the total population, 59.8 percent belonged to the working-age population (15 to 64 years).  Children below 15 years of age comprised 35.4 percent while older persons (65 years and over) accounted for 4.8 percent.
  • The overall dependency ratio of MIMAROPA in 2015 was 67 dependents for every 100 persons in the working age group, down from 71 dependents in 2010.   Of the 67 dependents, 59 were young dependents while eight (8) were old dependents.


Three fifths of the total population was of voting age

  • In MIMAROPA, the voting-age population or persons 18 years old and over accounted for 58.1 percent (1,721,320 persons) of the total population in 2015.


More males than females among the never-married persons

  • Of the household population 10 years old and over, 43.3 percent was married while 42.3 percent was never married.  The rest of the total population was categorized as follows: in common law/live-in marital arrangement (8.7 percent), widowed (4.5 percent), divorced/separated (1.2 percent), and had unknown marital status (less than 0.1 percent).
  • Among the never-married persons, a higher proportion of males (55.7 percent) than females          (44.3 percent) was reported in 2015.  Meanwhile, the proportion of females was higher than males among those who were widowed (76.2 percent), divorced/separated (56.7 percent), in common law/live-in marital arrangement (51.0 percent), and married (50.3 percent).


Females outnumbered males among baccalaureate degree holders

  • Of the total population 5 years old and over, 40.2 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 33.8 percent had reached or finished high school, 8.2 percent was college undergraduate, and 7.4 percent was baccalaureate degree holder.
  • Among those baccalaureate graduates, there were more females (59.0 percent) than males      (41.0 percent).  Similarly, among those with post baccalaureate courses, females (61.8 percent) outnumbered males (38. percent).


School attendance rate was higher among females than among males

  • Of the 1,264,696 household population aged 5 to 24 years, 70.3 percent was attending school in School Year (SY) 2015-2016. 
  • By sex, the school attendance rate in 2015 was slightly higher among females (50.9 percent) than among males (49.1 percent).


Simple literacy rate was recorded at 97.3 percent

  • MIMAROPA posted a literacy rate of 97.3 percent among the 2,246,892 household population aged 10 years and over. A person is considered literate if he/she is able to read and write a simple message in any language or dialect.
  • Literacy rate in 2015 was almost the same in both males and females at 97.4 percent and 97.3 percent, respectively.


Roman Catholics accounted for 75 percent of the total population

  • Three fourths (75.3 percent or 2,231,040 persons) of the total population of MIMAROPA in 2015 reported Roman Catholic as their religious affiliation.
  • The next largest religious affiliation in the country was Evangelicals, comprising 4.6 percent of the total population. It was followed by those who were affiliated with the Iglesia ni Cristo, with 3.7 percent share and Islam, 3.3 percent share.


Almost three in every five persons were engaged in a gainful activity

  • In 2015, MIMAROPA had 1,903,224 household population aged 15 years and over. Of this total, approximately three in every five persons (58.1 percent) were engaged in a gainful activity during the 12 months preceding the census.
  • By major occupation group, workers engaged in skilled agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers comprised the largest group (31.5 percent of all persons with gainful activity). Elementary occupations came in next (23.2 percent), followed by service and sales workers (12.2 percent).


About 1.7 percent of the household population was overseas worker

  • Of the household population 15 years old and over, 31,831 persons or 1.7 percent were overseas workers. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years and 30 to 34 years made up the largest age groups, both comprising 20.7 percent of the total overseas workers, followed by those in the age groups 45 years and over (18.3 percent), 35 to 39 years (17.8 percent), and 40 to 44 years (12.9 percent).