Population of Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula (Based on the 2015 Census of Population and Housing)

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2016-074

Release Date: 

Friday, June 3, 2016
  • The population of Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) as of August 1, 2015 was 3,629,783 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

Table 1. Population of Region IX -
Zamboanga Peninsula
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
(in millions)
2000 May 1, 2000 2.83
2010 May 1, 2010 3.41
2015 August 1, 2015 3.63
  • The 2015 population of the region is higher by 222,430 compared with the population of 3.41 million in 2010, and by 798,371 compared with the population of 2.83 million in 2000.  Refer to Table 1.
  • The population of Region IX 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 1.87 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate:
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-2015 1.21
2000-2010 1.87
  • Among the three provinces comprising the region, Zamboanga del Norte had the biggest population in 2015 with 1,011,393 persons, followed closely by Zamboanga del Sur with 1,010,674 persons. Zamboanga Sibugay had the smallest population with 633 thousand. Refer to Table 3.
  • Zamboanga City, the only highly urbanized city in the region posted a population of 862 thousand.
  • The City of Isabela, on the other hand had a population of 113 thousand. This city is a component city in Region IX whose province, Basilan, is under the regional jurisdiction of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
  • The total population of Region IX accounted for about 3.6 percent of the Philippine population in 2015. 
Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Zamboanga del Norte 823 958 1,011
Zamboanga del Sur 836 960 1,011
Zamboanga City 602 807 862
Zamboanga Sibugay 497 585 633
City of Isabela* 73 98 113

                 * Component City of the Province of Basilan

  • Zamboanga Sibugay was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.53 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by Zamboanga del Norte (1.04 percent) and Zamboanga del Sur with 0.99 percent. See Table 4.
  • Zamboanga City posted a PGR of 1.26 percent.
  • The City of Isabela had a PGR of 2.74 percent.
Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population Growth Rate
2010-2015 2000-2010
Zamboanga del Norte 1.04 1.53
Zamboanga del Sur 0.99 1.39
Zamboanga City 1.26 2.98
Zamboanga Sibugay 1.53 1.63
City of Isabela* 2.74 2.97

                                  * Component City of the Province of Basilan

  • Region IX is composed of one highly urbanized city, four component cities (including the City of Isabela), 67 municipalities, and 1,904 barangays.
  • Among the cities and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur with 199,060 persons. It was followed by Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte (130,759) and the City of Isabela, Basilan (112,788). Refer to Table 5.
Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Pagadian City Zamboanga del Sur 199,060
2 Dipolog City Zamboanga del Norte 130,759
3 City of Isabela Basilan 112,788
4 Sindangan Zamboanga del Norte 99,435
5 Dapitan City Zamboanga del Norte 82,418
6 Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay 74,656
7 Molave Zamboanga del Sur 52,006
8 Aurora Zamboanga del Sur 50,755
9 Titay Zamboanga Sibugay 49,673
10 Dumingag Zamboanga del Sur 47,485

                                  * Excluding Zamboanga City

  • La Libertad in Zamboanga del Norte is the least populous city/municipality in Region IX with 8,406 persons. It was followed by Josefina in Zamboanga del Sur (11,799) and Mutia in Zamboanga del Norte (12,675). See Table 6.
Table 6. Ten Least Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 La Libertad Zamboanga del Norte 8,406
2 Josefina Zamboanga del Sur 11,799
3 Mutia Zamboanga del Norte 12,675
4 Rizal Zamboanga del Norte 14,021
5 Godod Zamboanga del Norte 17,424
6 Sibutad Zamboanga del Norte 17,645
7 Sominot (Don Mariano Marcos) Zamboanga del Sur 18,537
8 San Miguel Zamboanga del Sur 19,205
9 Piñan (New Piñan) Zamboanga del Norte 20,161
10 Lakewood Zamboanga del Sur 20,374

                                  * Excluding Zamboanga City

  • Of the 1,904 barangays in Region IX, the top ten largest in terms of population size are all located in Zamboanga City. Topping the list of the most populous barangays in the region is Talon-talon with 34,916 persons, followed by Mampang (34,312) and Tumaga (30,824). Refer to Table 7.
Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays:
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula, 2015
Rank Barangay City/Municipality Population
1 Talon-talon Zamboanga City 34,916
2 Mampang Zamboanga City 34,312
3 Tumaga Zamboanga City 30,824
4 Tetuan Zamboanga City 29,785
5 Calarian Zamboanga City 28,899
6 San Roque Zamboanga City 27,889
7 Pasonanca Zamboanga City 27,374
8 Santa Maria Zamboanga City 25,185
9 Baliwasan Zamboanga City 25,042
10 Tugbungan Zamboanga City 23,837

 

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2015