Northern Samar's Population Grew at a Rate of 1.30 Percent Annually (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Population increased by 49,120 persons

The total population of Northern Samar as of August 1, 2007 was 549,759 persons. This figure was higher by 49,120 persons over the 2000 Census figure of 500,639 persons. The population count of the province based on the 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.30 percent, lower than the 2.11 percent PGR for the period 1995 to 2000.

Average household size decreased slightly

The number of households of the province rose by 11,302 from 94,410 in 2000 to 105,712 in 2007. Total household population likewise increased, from 500,002 persons in 2000 to 548,942 persons in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 5.2 persons, slightly lower than the average household size of 5.3 persons in 2000.

Catarman, the provincial capital remained the most populated municipality

Among the 24 municipalities in Northern Samar, Catarman, the provincial capital, was the most populous comprising 14.7 percent of the provincial total population, followed by the municipalities of Laoang (10.2 percent), Mondragon (6.0 percent), Las Navas (5.9 percent), and Palapag (5.7 percent). The municipality of San Vicente had the lowest population share at 1.2 percent.


Males continued to outnumber females

Of the 548,942 household population of the province, 281,591 were males and 267,351 were females. These numbers resulted to a sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females, higher than the 2000 sex ratio of 104 males per 100 females.

Median age remained at 18 years

In 2007, the household population of Northern Samar had a median age of 18 years, which means that half of the household population were below 18 years old. The same median age was recorded in 2000.

Across age groups, children in the age group 5 to 9 years comprised the largest proportion (14.6 percent), followed by age groups 0 to 4 years (14.4 percent) and 10 to 14 years (14.0 percent).


Males outnumbered females in age brackets 0 to 54 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males among the household population 55 years and over.

One out of two persons was of voting age

More than half (50.3 percent) of the household population belonged to the voting-age population (18 years old and over). This was slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (50.1 percent) recorded in 2000. The proportion of males of voting age (50.9 percent) was higher than the proportion of females (49.1 percent).

Overall dependency ratio declined to 91 persons per 100 working-age population

The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 52.3 percent, young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 43.0 percent, and old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 4.8 percent.

The overall dependency ratio of the province was 91, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 91 dependents (82 young dependents and 9 old dependents). The dependency ratio in 2007 was lower compared to the 2000 ratio of 92 persons per 100 working-age population.

More than half of male population were never married

Of the 389,792 household population 10 years old and over, 43.0 percent were never married while 43.3 percent were married in 2007. The remaining 13.6 percent were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status. Among the never-married persons, there were more males (56.1 percent) than females (43.9 percent). On the other hand, females outnumbered males in the rest of the categories for marital status.

More females had attained higher levels of education

Of the household population five years old and over, 51.3 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 22.2 percent had reached or completed high school, 5.1 percent were college undergraduates, and 4.9 percent were academic degree holders.

The proportion of males was higher compared to that of females in the following education categories: preschool (54.4 percent), elementary (53.4 percent), and college undergraduate (51.1 percent). On the other hand, there were more females than males among high school (52.2 percent), post secondary (55.2 percent), academic degree holders (59.3 percent), and those with post baccalaureate courses (55.6 percent).

Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, majority (64.8 percent) had attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 67.4 percent had attended school at anytime during the said school year. Attendance for males, meanwhile, was 62.5 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.

Number of occupied housing units increased by 12.3 percent

A total of 105,712 households resided in 104,837 housing units in Northern Samar. These numbers translated to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units. In 2000, the same ratio of households to occupied housing units was reported. In 2007, there were 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit, lower than the ratio of 5.4 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Proportion of houses with strong materials for roofs and outer walls improved

The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 22.5 percent in 2000 to 32.0 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased to 18.5 percent in 2007, from 12.5 percent in 2000.







  Source:  Household Statistics Department
                   National Statistics Office
                   Manila, Philippines