Cagayan's Total Population Surpassed One Million Mark (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Number of households increased by 34,041

The population of Cagayan was 1,072,571 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population. This figure was higher by 78,991 persons over the population count of 993,580 persons in 2000. The population count of the province for the 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an average annual population growth rate of 1.06 percent.

The number of households reached 225,078, which was 34,041 households more than the number of households in 2000. The average household size in 2007 was 4.8 persons, slightly lower than the average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000.


Tuguegarao City was the most populated area

Among the lone city and 28 municipalities in the province, Tuguegarao City, the provincial capital, was the most populous with 12.1 percent share to the provincial population. It was followed by Baggao (6.8 percent), Solana (6.7 percent), Aparri (5.7 percent), and Tuao (5.3 percent). The rest of the municipalities contributed less than five percent each. The municipality of Santa Praxedes was the least populous with 0.3 percent share to the total provincial population.

Sex ratio remained at 104 males per 100 females

Of the 1,070,231 household population of Cagayan, 50.9 percent were males and 49.1 percent were females. The sex ratio was recorded at 104 males for every 100 females, the same ratio recorded in 2000.

Median age increased to 23 years

The household population of Cagayan had a median age of 23 years, which means that half of the household population were below 23 years old. The median age in 2000 was 20 years.

Age group 10 to 14 years contributed the highest share to household population with 11.5 percent, followed closely by those in age groups 0 to 4 years and 5 to 9 years with 10.9 percent each.


There were more males than females in age brackets 0 to 54 years, while more females than males were reported in age brackets 55 years and over.

Three out of five persons were in voting-age population

About 60.0 percent of the household population of Cagayan were of voting ages (18 years old and over). The distribution of voting-age population by sex was 50.4 percent for males and 49.6 percent for females.

Overall dependency ratio dropped to 64 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group

The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 61.1 percent. Young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 33.4 percent while old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 5.5 percent.

In 2007, the overall dependency ratio was 64, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were 64 dependents (55 young dependents and 9 old dependents). This ratio indicated a sharp decline from 75 dependents (66 young and 9 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working-age population in 2000. The decline in the overall dependency ratio is explained by the decrease in the ratio of young dependents to persons of working age, from 66 to only 55 young dependents per 100 persons of working age.

More never-married males than females

About 52.0 percent of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 40.5 percent were never married. The rest of the population were either widowed (5.5 percent), divorced/separated (0.7 percent), had common law/live-in marital arrangement (1.4 percent), or had unknown marital status (0.2 percent). Among never-married persons, there were more males (55.7 percent) than females (44.3 percent). Females outnumbered the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.

Higher levels of education and school attendance for females than males

Of the household population 5 years old and over, 42.6 percent had attended or finished elementary education while 29.9 percent had reached or completed high school. The proportion of academic degree holders was 7.7 percent, an increase of 4.1 percentage points from the 2000 figure of 3.6 percent.

More females had attained higher levels of education than males, as majority of those with academic degrees (58.4 percent) and post baccalaureate courses (57.5 percent) were females.

Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, 65.1 percent had attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. School attendance among females (67.1 percent) was higher compared to that of males (63.2 percent) during the said school year.

Ratio of households per 100 occupied housing units decreased to 101

The number of occupied housing units in 2007 reached 222,384, indicating an increase of 18.2 percent from 188,133 occupied housing units in 2000. The average number of households for every 100 occupied housing units was 101 households, or 4.8 persons per occupied housing unit. This was slightly lower than the ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units, or 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Use of strong materials for roof and outer walls increased

Improvement in the materials used for outer walls was noted in 2007 compared with that in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 32.0 percent in 2000 to 43.0 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/anahaw dropped from 32.9 percent in 2000 to 20.5 percent in 2007, or a difference of 12.4 percentage points.

Moreover, majority (79.0 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. Use of cogon/nipa/anahaw as roofing materials was 13.3 percent, showing a decrease of 15.0 percentage points from the 2000 figure.





  Source:  Household Statistics Department
               National Statistics Office
               Manila, Philippines