Batanes' Total Population Stood At 15,974 Persons (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Total population shrank to 15,974 persons

The total population of Batanes as of August 1, 2007 was 15,974 persons, a decrease of 493 persons over its total population of 16,467 persons in 2000. The total population in 2007 translated to a negative annual population growth rate (-0.42 percent) for the period 2000 to 2007, which was opposite the uptrend observed from 1995 to 2000 when the population of the province grew by 3.25 percent annually.

Basco was the most populous municipality

Basco, the capital of Batanes, contributed 47.1 percent to the total population of the province in 2007. The second most populous municipality was Itbayat (19.2 percent), followed by Mahatao (9.6 percent), and Sabtang (9.2 percent). Ivana (7.6 percent) was least the populated municipality.


Average household size decreased to 3.9 persons

The number of households increased by 618 from 3,489 in 2000 to 4,107 in 2007. However, household population decreased to 15,928 persons in 2007 from 16,421 persons in 2000. These figures indicated an average household size of 3.9 persons in 2007, almost one person lower than the average household size of 4.7 persons posted in 2000.

Sex ratio was 101 males per 100 females

Of the household population, males (50.3 percent) outnumbered their female counterparts (49.7 percent) with a sex ratio of 101 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the proportion of males was higher at 51.2 percent, or a sex ratio of 105 males per 100 females.


Median age was two years higher

The household population of Batanes had a median age of 25 years in 2007, that is, half of the household population were below 25 years old. This figure was two years higher than the median age of 23 years recorded in 2000.

About one in every three persons (33.9 percent) were under 15 years old. The highest share was noted in age group 10-14 years (12.2 percent), followed by age group 5-9 years (10.9 percent), and under 5 years (10.7 percent). Males dominated the household population in age groups 5 to 44 years while females outnumbered the males in the rest of the age groups.

Voting-age population remained at 60.1 percent

In 2007, the province's voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 60.1 percent of the household population, which was equal to the proportion of voting-age population registered in 2000. The number of female voters (50.4 percent) in 2007 was slightly higher than that of the males (49.6 percent).

About 73 dependents for every 100 working-age population

The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to household population was 33.9 percent, while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 8.2 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years), on the other hand, accounted for 57.9 percent of the household population.

The overall dependency ratio for Batanes was 72.6, or about 73 dependents (59 young and 14 old dependents) for every 100 working-age population. The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was higher than the corresponding ratio registered in 2000 which was 70 per 100 working-age population.

Almost half were single persons

In 2007, almost half (47.2 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over were single, while 43.1 percent were married. Comparing these with the 2000 figures, a higher proportion of single persons (51.1 percent) but lower proportion of married persons (40.8 percent) was observed. The rest (9.6 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common-law/live-in arrangement, or had unknown marital status.

Males dominated the single (55.2 percent of single persons) and widowed/separated (57.8 percent of widowed/separated persons) population 10 years old and over. The rest of the categories for marital status were dominated by females.

Females tend to pursue higher education than males

Of the total household population five years old and over, 27.4 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 29.5 percent reached high school, 9.6 percent were college undergraduates, and 13.6 percent were academic degree holders. Majority of the academic degree holders (58.9 percent) and those with postbaccalaureate courses (73.8 percent) were females.

In 2007, 80.3 percent of the household population 5 to 24 years old attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Attendance to school of the same age group at anytime from June 1999 to March 2000 was higher at 82.0 percent. More than half (51.4 percent) of the household population 5 to 24 years old who attended school during School Year 2007 to 2008 were males.

Four persons per occupied housing unit

The total occupied housing units in Batanes numbered 4,045 in 2007, which translated to a ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units, or four persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, the ratio was 101 households per 100 occupied housing units, or 4.8 persons per occupied housing unit.

Proportion of occupied housing units with strong materials of roofs and outer walls increased

Majority (71.4 percent) of the province's housing units in 2007 had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone, up by 6.9 percentage points from the proportion of the same type of housing units in 2000. Meanwhile, most (46.7 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, indicating an increase of two percentage points from the 2000 figure.







  Source:  Household Statistics Department
               National Statistics Office
               Manila, Philippines