Total population rose to 236,390 persons
The total population of Lucena City as of August 1, 2007 was 236,390 persons, an increase of 40,315 persons over its total population of 196,075 persons in 2000. This 2007 figure translated to an annual population growth rate of 2.61 percent for the period 2000 to 2007. This was 0.49 percentage point higher than the 2.12 percent annual population growth rate recorded from 1995 to 2000.
Gulang-gulang was most populated barangay
Of this highly urbanized city's 33 barangays, Barangay Gulang-gulang (11.2 percent) was the most populated, followed by Ibabang Dupay (10.7 percent), and Ibabang Iyam (9.6 percent). Barangay 6-Poblacion (0.4 percent) was the least populated barangay.
Average household size was about 5 members
The number of households increased by 8,985 from 40,261 in 2000 to 49,246 in 2007. Household population likewise increased to 234,935 persons in 2007 from 195,248 persons in 2000. These figures resulted to an average household size of 4.8 persons in 2007, almost the same average household size (4.9 persons) recorded in 2000.
Sex ratio increased to 99 males per 100 females
Of the household population, females (50.2 percent) outnumbered their male counterparts (49.8 percent) for a sex ratio of 99 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the sex ratio was computed at 98 males per 100 females.
Median age remained at 21 years
The household population of Lucena City posted a median age of 21 years in 2007, which means that one half of the city's household population were below 21 years old. This was the same as the median age recorded in 2000.
About one in every three persons (35.6 percent) were under 15 years old. The highest share was noted in age group under 5 years (12.4 percent), followed by age group 5-9 years (11.8 percent), and 10-14 years (11.5 percent). Males dominated the household population in age groups 0 to 14 years, 20-24 years, and 30-39 years while females outnumbered the males in the remaining age groups.
Proportion of female voters was higher
In 2007, the city's voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 57.7 percent of the household population. This was slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (57.0 percent) registered in 2000. Moreover, the proportion of female voters (51.1 percent) was higher than that of the males (48.9 percent).
Overall dependency ratio declined to 64 per 100 working population
The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to household population was 35.6 percent, while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.4 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years), on the other hand, accounted for 61.0 percent of the household population.
The overall dependency ratio for Lucena City was 63.9, or about 64 dependents (58 young and 6 old dependents) for every 100 working-age population. The dependency ratio in 2007 was lower than the dependency ratio registered in 2000 which was 65.7 per 100 working-age population.
About 2 in every 5 persons were single
In 2007, about two fifths (44.4 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over were single, while 41.9 percent were married. Comparing these with the 2000 figures, a lower proportion of single persons (40.7 percent) and higher proportion of married persons (46.3 percent) were observed in 2000. The rest (13.7 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common-law/live-in arrangement, or had unknown marital status.
Males dominated the single (52.6 percent of single persons) population 10 years old and over. The rest of the categories for marital status were dominated by females.
More females pursued higher education than males
Of the total household population five years old and over, 32.9 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 34.4 percent reached high school, 9.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 8.3 percent were academic degree holders. Majority of the academic degree holders (54.9 percent) and those with postbaccalaureate courses (55.7 percent) were females.
In 2007, 63.3 percent of the household population 5 to 24 years old attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of these, there was an almost equal proportion of males (50.5 percent) and females (49.5 percent).
Five persons occupied each housing unit
The total occupied housing units in Lucena City numbered 47,602 in 2007. This translated to a ratio of 103 households for every 100 occupied housing units, or five persons per occupied housing unit. The same ratio was derived during the 2000 Census.
Proportion of occupied housing units with strong materials of roofs and outer walls increased
Most of the occupied housing units in the province in 2007 had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone (44.2 percent), up by 8.3 percentage points from the proportion of the same type of housing units in 2000. Meanwhile, majority (84.4 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, indicating an increase of 4.6 percentage points from the 2000 figure.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office