Population of the Cordillera Administrative Region (Based on the 2015 Census of Population)

Reference Number: 

2016-063

Release Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
  • The population of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as of August 1, 2015 was 1,722,006 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

Table 1. Population of the Cordillera Administrative Region
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
(in millions)
2000 May 1, 2000 1.37
2010 May 1, 2010 1.62
2015 August 1, 2015 1.72
  • The 2015 population of the region is higher by 105,139 compared with the population of 1.62 million in 2010, and by 356,594 compared with the population of 1.37 million in 2000.  Refer to Table 1.
  • The population of CAR increased by 1.21 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the region’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.70 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate:
Cordillera Administrative Region
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-2015 1.21
2000-2010 1.70
  • Among the six provinces comprising the region, Benguet (excluding Baguio City) had the biggest population in 2015 with 446 thousand, followed by Abra with 241 thousand, Kalinga with 213 thousand, Ifugao with 203 thousand, and Mountain Province with 155 thousand. Apayao had the smallest population with 119 thousand. Refer to Table 3.
  • Baguio City, the only highly urbanized city in the region posted a population of 345 thousand.
  • The combined population of CAR accounted for about 1.7 percent of the Philippine population in 2015.
Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City:
Cordillera Administrative Region 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Abra 209 235 241
Apayao 97 113 119
Benguet (excluding Baguio City) 330 404 446
Baguio City 252 319 345
Ifugao 162 191 203
Kalinga 174 202 213
Mountain Province 141 154 155
  • Benguet (excluding Baguio City) was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.91 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by Ifugao (1.14 percent), Apayao (1.08 percent), Kalinga (1.02 percent), and Abra (0.52 percent). Mountain province posted the lowest provincial PGR of 0.05 percent. See Table 4.
  • Baguio City posted a PGR of 1.54 percent.
Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province/Highly Urbanized City: Cordillera Administrative Region 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province Population Growth Rate
2010-2015 2000-2010
Abra 0.52 1.14
Apayao 1.08 1.49
Benguet (excluding Baguio City) 1.91 2.04
Baguio City 1.54 2.36
Ifugao 1.14 1.69
Kalinga 1.02 1.48
Mountain Province 0.05 0.92
  • CAR is composed of one highly urbanized city, one component city, 75 municipalities, and 1,176 barangays.
  • Among the city (excluding Baguio City) and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is La Trinidad, Benguet with 129,133 persons. It was followed by the City of Tabuk, Kalinga (110,642) and Itogon, Benguet (59,820). Refer to Table 5.
Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous City*/Municipalities:
Cordillera Administrative Region, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 La Trinidad Benguet 129,133
2 City of Tabuk Kalinga 110,642
3 Itogon Benguet 59,820
4 Bangued Abra 48,163
5 Tuba Benguet 47,648
6 Buguias Benguet 43,627
7 Mankayan Benguet 35,953
8 Alfonso Lista (Potia) Ifugao 32,119
9 Pinukpuk Kalinga 32,026
10 Bauko Mountain Province 31,065

                                       * Excluding Baguio City

  • Daguioman in Abra is the least populous city/municipality in CAR with 2,088 persons. It was followed by Bucloc (2,501) and Langiden (3,198) - both in the province of Abra. The rest of the ten least populous city/municipalities in the region are all located in the province of Abra. See Table 6.
Table 6. Ten Least Populous City*/Municipalities:
Cordillera Administrative Region, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Daguioman Abra 2,088
2 Bucloc Abra 2,501
3 Langiden Abra 3,198
4 Lacub Abra 3,403
5 Malibcong Abra 3,428
6 Boliney Abra 3,573
7 Danglas Abra 4,192
8 Lagayan Abra 4,499
9 San Isidro Abra 4,574
10 Licuan-Baay (Licuan) Abra 4,689

                                       * Excluding Baguio City

  • Of the 1,176 barangays in CAR, the largest in terms of population size is Irisan in Baguio City with 30,507 persons. It was followed by Pico in La Trinidad, Benguet (23,282) and Bulanao in the City of Tabuk, Kalinga (19,636). The rest of the top ten most populous barangays in the region are all located in the province of Benguet. Refer to Table 7.
Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays: Cordillera Administrative Region, 2015
Rank Barangay City/Municipality/Province Population
1 Irisan Baguio City, Benguet 30,507
2 Pico La Trinidad, Benguet 23,282
3 Bulanao City of Tabuk, Kalinga 19,636
4 Balili La Trinidad, Benguet 18,962
5 Poblacion La Trinidad, Benguet 13,196
6 Asin Road Baguio City, Benguet 13,145
7 Ampucao Itogon, Benguet 11,118
8 Virac Itogon, Benguet 10,990
9 Camp 7 Baguio City, Benguet 10,969
10 Loakan Proper Baguio City, Benguet 10,189

 

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2015