Friday, July 26, 2013
Population of Southern Leyte increased at the rate of 1.03 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Southern Leyte posted a total population of 399,137 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 38,977 persons compared to its total population of 360,160 persons counted in the 2000 CPH. The increase in the population count from 2000 to 2010 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.03 percent. This is lower the 1.13 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.03 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Southern Leyte would double in about 68 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Southern Leyte was only 209,608 persons. This population size is more than one half of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Maasin was the most populous
Among the lone city and 18 municipalities comprising the province of Southern Leyte, the City of Maasin was the most populous with a population size making up 20.4 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Sogod was second with 10.4 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Hinunangan with 7.1 percent, Bontoc with 7.0 percent, Macrohon with 6.4 percent, and Saint Bernard with 6.3 percent. The rest of municipalities contributed less than 6.0 percent each.
The least populated area in 2010 was the municipality of Limasawa with 1.5 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 105 males per 100 females
Of the 398,577 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.2 percent while females comprised 48.8 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females, which is similar to the sex ratio recorded in 2000 (104 males per 100 females).
Median age increased to 24.6 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 24.6 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 24.6 years. This is higher than the median age of 22.2 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 32.5 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (11.3 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (11.0 percent) and 15 to 19 years (10.3 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 54 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (55 years and over).
Three fifths of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 61.2 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 57.2 percent in 2000. There were more males (50.6 percent) than females (49.4 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 66 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 32.5 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 7.4 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 60.2 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 66, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 66 dependents (54 young dependents and 12 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 75 dependents per 100 working-age population (64 young dependents and 11 old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 44.4 percent were never married while 44.2 percent were married. The rest of the population was categorized as follows: widowed (5.3 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (5.0 percent), and divorced/separated (1.0 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.6 percent were males while 44.4 percent were females. For the rest of the categories for marital status, the females outnumbered the males.
More females had attained higher levels of education
Of the household population aged five years and over, 41.6 percent had attended or completed elementary education, about 33.2 percent had reached or finished high school, 8.0 percent were college undergraduates, and 8.3 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (54.5 percent) outnumbered the males (45.5 percent). Similarly, more females (65.8 percent) than males (34.2 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.7 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 6,900 persons or 1.7 percent of the 398,577 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is lower than the proportion in 2000, which was 2.3 percent of the 359,738 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 8,200.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 357,926 household population five years and over, 3.4 percent (or 12,157 persons) had at least one type of functional difficulty either in seeing, hearing, walking or climbing steps, remembering or concentrating, self-caring (bathing or dressing), or communicating. There were more females (52.5 percent) than males (47.5 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 12,157 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 62.4 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 27.0 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 22.4 percent who had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 17.6 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 12.8 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 11.4 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 314,276 household population 10 years old and over in Southern Leyte, 1.7 percent (or 5,329 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 67.0 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 45 years and over made up the largest age group, comprising 22.2 percent of the total overseas workers from this province, followed by age groups 30 to 34 years (20.6 percent), 25 to 29 years (16.9 percent), and 35 to 39 years (16.9 percent).
Average household size was 4.4 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 89,672, higher by 16,778 households compared with the 72,894 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.4 persons, lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
There were 100 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 89,285 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Southern Leyte in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 100 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.5 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofsmade of strong materials increased
In 2010, 37.5 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone, up from 22.8 percent in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, on the other hand, decreased from 31.2 percent in 2000 to 23.5 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 80.4 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 61.8 percent recorded in 2000. Occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 33.7 percent in 2000 to 15.8 percent in 2010.
More than half of the households in the province lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, 56.8 percent of the total 89,672 households owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 44.4 percent of the 72,894 households.
Moreover, 31.9 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 9.8 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 0.9 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA