Bacolod City Posted Nearly Half a Million Population (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Total population rose to 499,497 persons

City, one of the country's highly urbanized cities posted a total population of 499,497 persons as of August 1, 2007. This registered an increase of 70,421 persons over the total population of 429,076 persons in 2000. These figures translated to an annual population growth rate of 2.12 percent for the period 2000 to 2007.

In 2007, the household population of City increased to 496,802 persons from 427,292 persons in 2000.

The number of households also rose from 87,441 in 2000 to 106,608 in 2007, registering an increase of 19,167 households. The average household size however, decreased slightly from 4.9 persons in 2000 to 4.7 persons in 2007.

Taculing was the most populated barangay

Of the 61 barangays in City, barangay Taculing contributed 7.8 percent to the total population of the city. It was closely followed by barangays Villamonte (7.7 percent) and Mansilingan (7.3 percent). Barangay 24 (Poblacion) was the least populated barangay (0.02 percent).

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More females than males

The number of females in City was higher than that of the males by 8,662 persons. This resulted to a sex ratio of 97 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio in 2000 was 95 per 100 females.

Median age was 24 years

The median age of City's household population was 24 years in 2007. This means that half of the household population were below 24 years old. The median age in 2000 was 23 years.

In 2007, the age-sex pyramid structure of City slightly deviated from the usual pyramid shape as shown in Figure 2. A protrusion in age group 15 to 19 years can be observed, more noticeably for females. This age group also comprised the largest proportion (11.1 percent) out of the 496,802 household population.

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There were more males than females in age brackets 0 to 14 years and 30 to 34 years. Females, on the other hand, outnumbered males in age brackets 15 to 29 years and 35 years old and over.

More females than males in the voting-age population

Persons belonging to voting-age population (18 years old and over) in City was posted at 311,822 persons, or 62.8 percent of the total household population. This was slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (60.7 percent) reported in 2000. Moreover, the proportion of females (51.9 percent) to the total voting-age population was higher than that of the males (48.1 percent) in 2007.

Dependency ratio decreased to 54

The proportion of household population belonging to age group 0 to 14 years was 30.5 percent. Persons aged 65 years and over posted a share of 4.7 percent while the working-age population (15 to 64 years) comprised 64.7 percent of the household population.

The overall dependency ratio for City in 2007 was 54. This means that for every 100 persons aged 15 to 64 years, there were about 54 dependents (47 persons aged 0 to 14 years or young dependents and 7 persons aged 65 years and over or old dependents). The dependency ratio in 2007 was lower compared to the 2000 figure of 58.

Almost half of the household population were never married

In 2007, single or never-married persons accounted for 46.6 percent of the household population 10 years old and over, slightly higher than the reported figure of 45.9 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, the proportion of married persons in 2007 was 43.3 percent, lower than the figure posted in 2000 (44.5 percent). The rest (10.1 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common-law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status.

There were more males (51.1 percent) than females (48.9 percent) who were never married. About four in five (80.5 percent) widowed persons, meanwhile, were females. Other categories for marital status also showed higher proportions for females: married, 50.7 percent; divorced/separated, 66.1 percent; common-law/live-in marital arrangement, 51.0 percent; and unknown marital status, 52.0 percent.

More females pursued higher levels of education

Of the household population 5 years old and over, 25.8 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 33.9 percent reached or finished high school, 5.8 percent completed post secondary education, 10.5 percent were college undergraduates, 16.1 percent had academic degrees, and 0.2 percent pursued post baccalaureate education.

There were more females than males with higher levels of education: college undergraduates (52.0 percent), academic degree holder (55.4 percent), and post baccalaureate education (55.1 percent).

Among household population 5 to 24 years old, 66.5 percent attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the school attendees, males (50.7 percent) outnumbered their female counterparts (49.3 percent).

Number of occupied housing units rose by 23.8 percent

A total of 106,608 households resided in 104,628 housing units in City. This translated to a ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units, or a ratio of 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, the ratio of households to occupied housing units was 103 households per 100 occupied housing units, or 5.1 persons per occupied housing unit.

Majority of occupied housing units had roofs made of strong materials

Approximately 9 in every 10 (89.4 percent) occupied housing units in City had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, up by 5.5 percentage points from the proportion of the same roofing materials in 2000. Meanwhile, about two-fifths (40.8 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone, indicating an increase of 5.9 percentage points from the 2000 figure.






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  Source:  Household Statistics Department
               National Statistics Office
               Manila, Philippines