Population of Region V - Bicol (Based on the 2015 Census of Population)

Reference Number: 

2016-069

Release Date: 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • The population of Region V (Bicol Region) as of August 1, 2015 was 5,796,989 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

Table 1. Population of Region V - Bicol
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
(in millions)
2000 May 1, 2000 4.69
2010 May 1, 2010 5.42
2015 August 1, 2015 5.80
  • The 2015 population of the region is higher by 376,578 compared with the population of 5.42 million in 2010, and by 1,110,320 compared with the population of 4.69 million in 2000.  Refer to Table 1.
  • The population of Region V increased by 1.29 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 1.46 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate:
Region V - Bicol
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-2015 1.29
2000-2010 1.46
  • Among the six provinces comprising the region, Camarines Sur had the biggest population in 2015 with 1.95 million, followed by Albay with 1.31 million, Masbate with 892 thousand, Sorsogon with 793 thousand, and Camarines Norte with 583 thousand. Catanduanes had the smallest population with 261 thousand. Refer to Table 3.
  • The total population of Region V accounted for about 5.7 percent of the Philippine population in 2015. 
Table 3. Population by Province: Region V - Bicol 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Albay 1,091 1,233 1,315
Camarines Norte 471 543 583
Camarines Sur 1,552 1,822 1,953
Catanduanes 215 246 261
Masbate 708 835 892
Sorsogon 651 741 793
  • Camarines Norte was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.38 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by Camarines Sur (1.32 percent), Sorsogon (1.30 percent), Masbate (1.28 percent), and Albay (1.22 percent). Catanduanes posted the lowest PGR of 1.11 percent. See Table 4.
Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province: Region V - Bicol 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province Population Growth Rate
2010-2015 2000-2010
Albay 1.22 1.23
Camarines Norte 1.38 1.44
Camarines Sur 1.32 1.62
Catanduanes 1.11 1.35
Masbate 1.28 1.66
Sorsogon 1.30 1.31
  • Region V is composed of seven cities, 107 municipalities, and 3,471 barangays.
  • Among the cities and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is Legaspi City, Albay with 196,639 persons. It was followed by Naga City, Camarines Sur (196,003) and City of Sorsogon, Sorsogon (168,110). Refer to Table 5.
Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous Cities/Municipalities: Region V - Bicol, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Legaspi City Albay 196,639
2 Naga City Camarines Sur 196,003
3 City of Sorsogon Sorsogon 168,110
4 City of Tabaco Albay 133,868
5 Daraga (Locsin) Albay 126,595
6 Iriga City Camarines Sur 111,757
7 City of Ligao Albay 111,399
8 Libmanan Camarines Sur 108,716
9 Daet Camarines Norte 104,799
10 Labo Camarines Norte 101,082
  • Gigmoto in Catanduanes is the least populous city/municipality in Region V with 8,368 persons. It was followed by Panganiban (Payo) in Catanduanes (9,287) and San Vicente in Camarines Norte (10,396). See Table 6.
Table 6. Ten Least Populous Cities/Municipalities: Region V - Bicol, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Gigmoto Catanduanes 8,368
2 Panganiban (Payo) Catanduanes 9,287
3 San Vicente Camarines Norte 10,396
4 Gainza Camarines Sur 11,262
5 Bagamanoc Catanduanes 11,551
6 Baras Catanduanes 12,848
7 San Lorenzo Ruiz (Imelda) Camarines Norte 14,063
8 San Miguel Catanduanes 15,006
9 Batuan Masbate 15,086
10 Bombon Camarines Sur 16,512
  • Of the 3,471 barangays in Region V, the largest in terms of population size is Concepcion Pequeña in Naga City, Camarines Sur with 23,577 persons. It was followed by two other barangays in Naga City, Camarines Sur - San Felipe (17,444) and Cararayan (15,998). Refer to Table 7.
Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays: Region V - Bicol, 2015
Rank Barangay City/Municipality/Province Population
1 Concepcion Pequeña Naga City, Camarines Sur 23,577
2 San Felipe Naga City, Camarines Sur 17,444
3 Cararayan Naga City, Camarines Sur 15,998
4 Bibincahan City of Sorsogon, Sorsogon 15,738
5 San Jose Pili, Camarines Sur 12,599
6 Bgy. 56-Taysan (Bgy. 68) Legazpi City, Albay 12,330
7 Nursery City of Masbate, Masbate 12,125
8 Pacol Naga City, Camarines Sur 11,673
9 Calauag Naga City, Camarines Sur 11,513
10 Anislag Daraga (Locsin), Albay 11,461

 

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