Annual Population Growth Rate Of Mountain Province Slowed Down To 0.77 Percent (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Total population increased by 8,030 persons

Mountain Province posted a total population of 148,661 persons, as of August 1, 2007. This figure represents an increase of 8,030 persons over the total population of 140,631 persons in 2000. The annual population growth rate (PGR) recorded in the province for the period 2000 to 2007 was 0.77 percent, lower by 0.80 percentage point from the 1.57 percent annual PGR recorded during the period 1995 to 2000.

The number of households was posted at 30,328, or an increase of 2,572 households over the 2000 figure (27,756). The average household size in 2007 was 4.9 persons, lower than the 5.1 average household size computed in 2000.


Bauko was the most populous municipality

Among the 10 municipalities comprising Mountain Province, Bauko had the biggest population contributing 19.8 percent to the total population of the province. The municipality of Bontoc, the provincial capital ranked second, with a share of 16.7 percent to the total population. The municipalities of Paracelis, Tadian, and Sagada followed with 16.6 percent, 11.5 percent, and 7.4 percent share, respectively. The least populated was the municipality of Barlig with 4.1 percent share to the total population of the province.

Sex ratio remained at 106 males per 100 females

In 2007, there were more males (76,173) than females (72,066) in Mountain Province. These numbers resulted to a sex ratio of 106, which means that there were 106 males per 100 females. In 2000, the same sex ratio was recorded.

Median age was 21 years

Mountain Province had a median age of 21 years, which means that half of the household population were below 21 years old. In 2000, the median age was 20 years.

The proportion of persons under 15 years old to total household population was 37.2 percent. Children 0 to 4 and 5 to 9 years old comprised the largest age groups, sharing 12.5 percent each.


Males outnumbered their female counterparts in age brackets 0 to 59 years while females outnumbered males among those aged 60 years and over.

More than half of the population were of voting age

More than half (55.9 percent) of the household population belonged to the voting-age population (18 years and over). This is higher by 1.2 percentage points than the proportion of voting-age population (54.7 percent) recorded in 2000. Of the total voting-age population in 2007, there were more males (51.2 percent) than females (48.8 percent).

Dependency ratio down to 77 dependents for every 100 persons of working age

The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to total household population was 37.2 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 6.4 percent. On the other hand, working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for 56.4 percent of the household population.

The overall dependency ratio for Mountain Province in 2007 was 77.3. This means that there were about 77 dependents (66 young dependents and 11 old dependents) for every 100 persons of working age. The overall dependency ratio in 2007 is lower than the overall dependency ratio of 78.7 in 2000.

There were more males than females among never-married persons

Of the household population 10 years old and over, 47.6 percent were never-married and 44.8 percent were married. The remaining 7.6 percent were either widowed, divorced/separated, in a common-law/live-in marital arrangement, or had no report on marital status.

Males outnumbered females among those who were never-married and those who were in common law/live-in marital arrangement. Meanwhile, females outnumbered males in the categories for married, widowed, and divorced/separated.

More females than males attended higher levels of education

Of the household population five years old and over, 36.8 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 28.1 percent had reached or completed high school, and 8.8 percent were college undergraduates. Academic degree holders accounted for 9.4 percent of the total household population five years old and over.

There were more males than females who had attended or finished elementary (57.1 percent), and high school (54.8 percent). In contrast, females outnumbered males among those who had reached or finished post secondary (53.3 percent), college undergraduates (54.6 percent), academic degree holders (64.8 percent), and those with post baccalaureate courses (68.5 percent).

Of the total household population 5 to 24 years old, 75.2 percent attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. There were more males (50.4 percent) than females (49.6 percent) who attended school during the said school year. School attendance rate was higher among females (78.1 percent of all females aged 5 to 24 years) than among males (72.6 percent of all males aged 5 to 24 years).

There were 100 households per 100 occupied housing units

In 2007, there were 30,298 occupied housing units. This number is 9.5 percent higher than the 2000 figure of 27,660 occupied housing units. There were 100 households for every 100 occupied housing units (1:1 ratio), or 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit reported in 2007. In 2000, the ratio of households to occupied housing units was also 1:1, or 5.1 persons per occupied housing unit.

Majority of occupied housing units had roofs made of strong materials

Majority (91.5 percent) of occupied housing units in Mountain Province had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, much higher than the proportion recorded in 2000 (79.9 percent). As to the construction materials of the outer walls, 42.9 percent of the occupied housing units had outer walls made of galvanized iron/aluminum. This proportion is lower by 1.7 percentage points from 44.6 percent in 2000.




  Source:  Household Statistics Department
               National Statistics Office
               Manila, Philippines