Total population rose to 372,533 persons
The total population of Benguet, as of August 1, 2007, was 372,533 persons. This figure registered an increase of 42,404 persons over the total population of 330,129 persons in 2000. The annual population growth rate was recorded at 1.68 percent, higher by 0.6 percentage point from the 1.09 percent annual population growth rate in 2000.
The number of households also rose to 82,378 or an increase of 19,255 over the 2000 figure (63,123). The average household size in 2007 was 4.5 persons, lower than the 5.2 average household size in 2000.
La Trinidad (Capital) ranked first among the municipalities
Among the 13 municipalities of Benguet, La Trinidad, the provincial capital, contributed the biggest share of the population of 26.3 percent. The municipalities of Itogon and Tuba followed with shares of 13.1 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively. On the other hand, the least populated was the municipality of Sablan with 2.9 percent share to the total population.
Sex ratio increased to 107
There were more males (191,916) than females (179,030) in Benguet. These numbers resulted to a sex ratio of 107.2, which means that there were 107 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio in 2007 was slightly higher than the sex ratio of 106.7 in 2000.
Median age increased by 2 years
Benguet had a median age of 22, which means that half of the household population were below 22 years old. This was two years higher than the median age of 20 years in 2000.
The proportion of persons under 15 years old to total household population was 33.2 percent which was almost equally distributed to age groups 0 to 4 years (11.2 percent), 5 to 9 years (11.1 percent), and 10 to 14 years (11.0 percent). Among the age groups, the biggest share was noted in the age group 15 to 19 years (11.7 percent).
Males dominated the household population in the age bracket 0 to 59 years while females outnumbered the males in the remaining age bracket (60 years and over).
More than half of the population were in the voting-age group
About three in every five (59.7 percent) of the household population belonged to the voting-age population (18 years and over). This was higher by 5.0 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 (52.0 percent) than females (48.0 percent).
Dependency ratio down by 13 persons
The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to household population was 33.2 percent, while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 4.0 percent. On the other hand, the working-age population (15 to 64 years) of the household population accounted for 62.8 percent.
The overall dependency ratio of Benguet was 59.2. This means that there were about 59 dependents (53 young dependents and six old dependents) for every 100 working-age population. The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was lower than the overall dependency ratio of 71.7 in 2000.
More males among single and married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 48.4 percent were single and 46.0 percent were married. The proportion of single persons in 2007 was lower than its corresponding proportion in 2000 (50.6 percent), while the proportion for married persons in 2007 was higher than its proportion in 2000 (42.9 percent). The remaining 5.7 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.
In 2007, males dominated the single and married persons with proportions of 55.7 percent and 50.0 percent, respectively. On the other hand, females dominated the widowed (76.3 percent), divorced/separated (61.1 percent), and those with common-law/live-in arrangements (50.4 percent).
Higher levels of education were dominated by females
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 34.9 percent attended or completed elementary education, 31.8 percent reached high school and 10.2 percent were college undergraduate. Academic degree holders accounted for 10.4 percent, an increase of 6.4 percentage points over the 2000 figure.
There were more males than females among those who attended or finished preschool (53.7 percent), elementary (57.7 percent), high school (52.8 percent) and post secondary (55.0 percent). However, females dominated the higher levels of education; college undergraduate (55.8 percent), academic degree holders (61.9 percent) and post baccalaureate (58.7 percent).
Of the total household population 5 to 24 years old, about 67.4 percent attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. There were more females (50.5 percent) who attended school during School Year 2007 to 2008 than males (49.5 percent).
Number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 103
In 2007, there were 80,104 occupied housing units, 27.8 percent higher from the 2000 figure of 62,683. A ratio of 103 households for every 100 occupied housing units or 4.6 persons per occupied housing unit was noted in 2007. In 2000, the ratio was 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units or 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit.
Almost all occupied housing units had roofs made of strong materials
Almost all (94.4 percent) of the occupied housing units in Benguet had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. The proportion of users of this material for their roofs was higher by 4.8 percentage points from the 2000 figure (89.6 percent). As to the construction materials of the outer walls, 37.2 percent used galvanized iron/aluminum and 33.6 percent for concrete/brick/stone. Comparing these to the 2000 figures, the proportion of users of galvanized iron/aluminum decreased in 2007, while users of concrete/brick/stone increased.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office