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Population of Northern Samar increased at the rate of 1.64 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Northern Samar posted a total population of 589,013 persons as of May 1, 2010.  This is larger by 88,374 persons compared to its total population of 500,639 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 1.64 percent.  This is lower the 2.69 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.64 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Northern Samar would double in about 43 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Northern Samar was only 261,424 persons.  This population size is more than two fifths of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Catarman is the most populated municipality
Among the 24 municipalities comprising the province of Northern Samar, Catarman, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 14.4 percent of the total provincial population.  The municipality of Laoang was second with 9.9 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Las Navas with 6.2 percent, Mondragon with 6.0 percent, Palapag with 5.7 percent, Catubig with 5.4 percent, and Pambujan 5.3 percent. The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 5.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of San Vicente with 1.3 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 587,586 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.3 percent while females comprised 48.7 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 19.2 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 19.2 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 19.2 years. This is higher than the median age of 18.2 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 40.4 percent of the household population were under 15 years old.  Children aged 10 to 14 years (13.9 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (13.7 percent) and 0 to 4 years (12.7 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).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 52.4 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 50.1 percent in 2000. There were more males (50.8 percent) than females (49.2 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 82 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 33.5 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 5.7 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 60.9 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 82, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 82 dependents (73 young dependents and nine old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 92 dependents per 100 working-age population (84 young dependents and eight old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 45.2 percent were never married while 42.5 percent were married. The rest of the population was categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (6.8 percent), widowed (4.3 percent), and divorced/separated (1.0 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.5 percent were males while 44.5 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, 52.6 percent had attended or completed elementary education, about 25.5 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 5.8 percent were academic degree holders.  Among those with an academic degree, the females (58.4 percent) outnumbered the males (41.6 percent). Similarly, more females (61.0 percent) than males (39.0 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.9 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 11,100 persons or 1.9 percent of the 587,586 household population had a disability.  This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 1.6 percent of the 500,002 household population of the province during that year.  The number of PWD for the same year was around 8,100.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 512,735 household population five years and over, 4.1 percent (or 21,058 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 (50.7 percent) than males (49.3 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 21,058 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 66.8 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses.  There were 27.3 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 26.7 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 12.9 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 10.7 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 10.0 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 432,106 household population 10 years old and over in Northern Samar, 0.7 percent (or 2,948 persons) were overseas workers.  Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 52.1 percent of all the overseas workers from this province.  Overseas workers in the younger age group (below 20 years) made up the largest age group, comprising 22.5 percent of the total overseas workers from this province, followed by the older age group (45 years and over) with 19.5 percent, 30 to 34 years with 14.5 percent, 25 to 29 years with 13.6.percent, and 35 to 39 years with 12.0. percent.
Average household size was 5.2 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 113,980, higher by 19,570 households compared with the 94,410 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 5.2 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.3 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 112,621 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Northern Samar in 2010.  This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.  In 2000, there were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units and 5.4 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofsmade of light materials decreased
In 2010, 34.9 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, down from 46.7 percent in 2000.  The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood, on the other hand, increased from 27.1 percent in 2000 to 27.6 percent in 2010.  Those with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 12.5 percent in 2000 to 22.8 percent in 2010.  Meanwhile, 54.1 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw, lower than the proportion of 71.3 percent recorded in 2000.  Those with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 22.5 percent in 2000 to 39.2 percent in 2010.
About 60.0 percent of the households in the province lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, majority (58.4 percent) of the total 113,980 households owned or amortized the lots that they occupied.  The corresponding figure in 2000 was 54.3 percent of the 94,410 households.
Moreover, 30.0 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 6.6 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 2.2 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.

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