Albay's Total Population Increased by Aalmost a Hundred Thousand

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Friday, September 17, 2010


Total population grew by 1.17 percent annually

Albay had a total population of 1,187,185 persons as of August 1, 2007, higher by 96,278 persons than the population count of 1,090,907 persons as of May 1, 2000. This increase translated to an annual population growth rate of 1.17 percent during the period 2000 to 2007.

The household population of Albay in 2007 was 1,184,813 persons, an increase of 94,794 persons from 1,090,019 persons in 2000. The number of households, meanwhile, increased by 13.8 percent from 208,640 in 2000 to 237,356 in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 5.0 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000.


Legazpi City was the most populated area

Among the three cities and 15 municipalities in Albay, the provincial capital of Legazpi City had the biggest population size in 2007. It comprised 14.8 percent of the total population of the province. It was followed by the City of Tabaco (10.4 percent), municipality of Daraga (Locsin) (9.3 percent), and City of Ligao (8.5 percent). These were also the top four areas in 2000 in terms of population size. The rest of the municipalities each contributed a share of 6.5 percent or less. The municipality of Jovellar remained the least populated during the 2000 and 2007 censuses.

Males continued to outnumber females

Of the 1,184,813 household population, 50.9 percent were males while 49.1 percent were females. These proportions resulted to a sex ratio of 104 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio posted in 2000 was 103 males per 100 females.

Median age increased to 20 years

In 2007, the median age of the household population of the province was 20 years, which means that half of the household population was below 20 years old. The median age in 2000 was 19 years.

Children aged 5 to 9 years comprised the largest age group, posting 13.1 percent of the total household population, followed by age groups 10 to 14 years (13.0 percent) and 0 to 4 years (12.4 percent).



The age-sex distribution of household population showed more males than females in age groups 0 to 44 years, while females outnumbered their male counterparts in the older age groups (45 years old and over).

Equal proportion of males and females in the voting-age population

The voting-age population (18 years old and over) of Albay in 2007 was 644,706 persons, accounting for 54.4 percent of the total household population. The voting-age population recorded in 2000 was 586,258, or 53.8 percent of the total household population. The number of males of voting age (50.0 percent) equaled to that of females.

Dependency ratio decreased to 77 persons per 100 persons in the working age group

Of the total household population, 56.5 percent belonged to the working-age population (15 to 64 years). Young dependents (under 15 years) comprised 38.6 percent while old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 4.9 percent.

The overall dependency ratio of the province in 2007 was 77, down from 79 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group in 2000. This means that for every 100 persons in the working-age population in 2007, there were 77 dependents (68 young dependents and 9 old dependents).

More never-married males than females

Of the household population 10 years old and over, 46.6 percent were never married while 43.4 percent were married. The rest of the household population was categorized as follows: widowed (5.0 percent), divorced/separated (0.8 percent), had common law/live-in marital arrangement (4.1 percent), and had no report on marital status (0.2 percent).

A higher proportion of males (55.2 percent) than females (44.8 percent) among never-married persons was reported in 2007. Meanwhile, the proportion of females was higher than males among the married (50.7 percent), widowed (78.1 percent), divorced/separated (63.5 percent), and those in common law/live-in marital arrangement (51.8 percent).

More female academic-degree holders than males

About 43.0 percent of the household population 5 years old and over had attended or completed elementary education, 30.0 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 7.5 percent were academic degree holders.

There were more females (58.9 percent) than males (41.1 percent) among those with academic degrees. Similarly, among those with post baccalaureate courses, there were more females (61.0 percent) than males (39.0 percent).

Moreover, about two out of three persons (67.9 percent) in the household population 5 to 24 years old had attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. School attendance was higher among females (69.9 percent of all females aged 5 to 24 years) than among males (66.1 percent of all males aged 5 to 24 years) during the said school year.

Five persons per occupied housing unit

In 2007, there were 235,083 occupied housing units in Albay, or 13.9 percent higher than the 206,443 occupied housing units recorded in 2000. A ratio of 101 households per 100 occupied housing units was recorded in 2007. The same ratio was observed in 2000. The number of persons per occupied housing unit was 5.0 persons in 2007, lower than the ratio of 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Majority of occupied housing units had strong construction materials for outer walls and roof

Among the 235,083 occupied housing units in the province in 2007, the top three construction materials for outer walls were concrete/brick/stone (45.6 percent), bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa (20.1 percent), and half concrete/brick/stone and half wood (17.0 percent). The same top three construction materials for outer walls were recorded in 2000. As to the construction materials of the roof, 59.0 percent had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum in 2007. In 2000, galvanized iron/aluminum was used as roofing materials in only 43.5 percent of all occupied housing units, second only to cogon/nipa/anahaw which comprised 45.9 percent.