Population increased by 41,702 persons
The total population of Occidental Mindoro as of August 1, 2007 was 421,952 persons. This figure is higher by 41,702 persons over the 2000 Census figure of 380,250 persons. The population count of the province based on the 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.44 percent, lower than the 2.45 percent PGR for the period 1995 to 2000.
Average household size slightly decreased
The number of households of the province posted an increase of 14,711 from 76,840 in 2000 to 91,551 in 2007. The total household population likewise increased, from 378,534 in 2000 to 419,316 in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 4.6 persons, lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
San Jose remained the most populated municipality in the province
Among the 11 municipalities in Occidental Mindoro, the municipality of San Jose was the most populous with 28.2 percent of the provincial total population, followed by the municipality of Sablayan with 16.7 percent. The municipality of Mamburao, the provincial capital, ranked 3rd in terms of population size with 8.2 percent of the population of the province. The municipality of Looc had the lowest population share at 2.7 percent.
Males continued to outnumber females
Of the 419,316 household population of the province, 217,405 were males and 201,991 were females. These numbers resulted in a sex ratio of 108 males for every 100 females, higher than the sex ratio in 2000 at 106 males for every 100 females.
Median age in Occidental Mindoro was 20 years
In 2007, the household population of Occidental Mindoro had a median age of 20 years, which means that half of the household population were below 20 years old. The median age in 2000 was 19 years.
Across age groups, children in the age group 5 to 9 years comprised the largest proportion (13.6 percent), followed by age groups 0 to 4 years (13.2 percent) and 10 to 14 years (12.8 percent).
Males outnumbered females in the age bracket 0 to 59 years. On the other hand, females outnumbered males among the population 60 years and over.
One out of two persons was of voting age
More than half (53.8 percent) of the household population belonged to the voting-age population (18 years old and over). This is slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (52.4 percent) recorded in 2000. The proportion of males of voting age (51.7 percent) was higher than the proportion of females (48.3 percent).
Overall dependency ratio declined to 77
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 56.6 percent, young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 39.6 percent, and old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 3.8 percent.
The overall dependency ratio of the province was 77, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 77 dependents (70 young dependents and 7 old dependents). The dependency ratio in 2007 is lower compared to the 2000 ratio of 79 persons per 100 working-age population.
More than half of male population were never married
Of the 306,931 household population 10 years old and over, 42.0 percent were never married while 47.6 percent were married in 2007. The remaining 10.5 percent of the household population 10 years old and over were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common law/live-in marital arrangement, or with no report on marital status. Among the never-married persons, there were more males (57.3 percent) than females (42.7 percent), On the other hand, females outnumbered the 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, 43.8 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 27.6 percent had reached or completed high school, 5.8 percent were college undergraduates, and 5.9 percent were academic degree holders.
The proportions of males were higher than females in the following education categories: preschool (54.3 percent), elementary (54.3 percent), high school (50.5 percent), and post secondary courses (51.5 percent). On the other hand, there were more females than males among college undergraduates (50.7 percent) and with academic degree holders (59.8 percent), and those with post baccalaureate courses (55.7 percent).
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, majority (62.1 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 60.2 percent attended school at anytime during the said school year, while attendance for males was 64.1 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 75,225 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 90,940 in 2007, showing an increase of 20.9 percent. The number of households for every 100 occupied housing units was 101 in 2007, lower than the ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000. Furthermore, the ratio of persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was 4.6, while it was 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Use of strong materials for roofs increased
The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 44.3 percent in 2000 to 53.2 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa was 44.1 percent in 2007; it was slightly higher in 2000 at 45.5 percent.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office