Population growth rate decreased to 1.15 percent
Pangasinan posted a total population of 2,645,395 persons based on the results of the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This was higher by 211,309 persons over the 2000 census figure of 2,434,086 persons. These figures translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.15 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, from a 2.41 percent PGR recorded for the period 1995 to 2000.
The number of households in the province also increased to 553,559 households, higher by 75,740 households over the 2000 figure of 477,819 households. The average household size in 2007 was 4.8 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.1 persons in 2000.
San Carlos City was the most populated city/municipality
Among the 4 cities and 44 municipalities in Pangasinan, San Carlos City was the largest in terms of population size contributing 6.1 percent to the total population of the province, followed by Dagupan City (5.7 percent), municipality of Malasiqui (4.6 percent), City of Urdaneta (4.6 percent), and municipality of Bayambang (3.9 percent). Lingayen, the provincial capital, ranked sixth at 3.6 percent. The municipality of Santo Tomas had the smallest population (0.5 percent).
Sex ratio increased to 103 males per 100 females
The household population of the province in 2007 was composed of 1,338,316 males and 1,304,225 females. These figures resulted to a sex ratio of 103 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the sex ratio was at 101 males per 100 females.
Median age was 22 years
In 2007, Pangasinan had a median age of 22 years, which means that half of the household population were below 22 years old. This was one year higher than the median age of 21 years reported in 2000.
By age group, persons aged 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years had the highest proportions to household population with 11.9 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively. Children aged 0 to 4 years comprised 11.6 percent of the total household population.
Males outnumbered their female counterparts in age brackets 0 to 49 years. There were more females than males in the remaining age groups (50 years and over).
Voting-age population comprised more of females than males
About 58 percent of household population belonged to voting-age population (aged 18 years and over). This was slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (57.0 percent) recorded in 2000. Of the total voting-age population in 2007, there were more females (50.1 percent) than males (49.9 percent).
Dependency ratio decreased to 68 dependents
The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to household population was 35.3 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) comprised 5.2 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for more than half (59.4 percent) of the household population.
Pangasinan's overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 68 dependents (59 young dependents and 9 old dependents) for every 100 working-age population. This ratio was slightly lower compared to the 2000 dependency ratio of 71 dependents for every 100 working-age population.
There were more never-married males than females
In 2007, never-married persons comprised 43.5 percent of the household population 10 years old and over, while married persons made up 46.9 percent. The remaining 9.6 percent were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status. The same proportions of never-married and married persons were reported in 2000.
The proportion of males (54.8 percent) was higher among never-married persons. Females outnumbered males in the rest of the categories for marital status: married (50.5 percent), widowed (76.4 percent), divorced/separated (60.6 percent), and common-law/live-in arrangement (51.5 percent).
More females than males pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population five years old and over, one out of three (32.7 percent) had attended or completed elementary education, 39.7 percent had reached or completed high school, 4.0 percent had attended or finished post secondary education, 6.9 percent were college undergraduates, 8.3 percent were academic degree holders, and 0.1 percent had post baccalaureate courses.
Among academic degree holders and among those with post baccalaureate courses, more than half were females: academic degree holders, 57.1 percent and those with post baccalaureate courses, 60.3 percent.
Of the 1,116,634 household population 5 to 24 years old, 66.0 percent attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. There were more males (51.1 percent) than females (48.9 percent) who attended school during the said school year.
There were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 553,559 households resided in 543,797 housing units in Pangasinan. These numbers translated to a ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units, the same ratio reported in 2000. The ratio of persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was 4.9, lower than the ratio of 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Majority of occupied housing units had roofs and outer walls made of strong materials
About 80 percent of the occupied housing units in Pangasinan had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher by 2.9 percentage points from the proportion recorded in 2000. Meanwhile, about two in every five (44.8 percent) occupied housing units in 2007 had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone, an increase of 6.8 percentage points from the 2000 figure.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office