Total population increased to 1,646,510 persons
As of August 1, 2007, the total population of Quezon (excluding Lucena City) was 1,646,510 persons, indicating an increase of 11.0 percent from its total population of 1,482,955 persons in 2000. The total population in 2007 translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.45 percent for the period 2000 to 2007. This was 0.42 percentage point lower than the annual PGR of 1.87 percent for the period 1995 to 2000.
Sariaya was the most populated municipality
The municipality of Sariaya contributed 7.8 percent to the total population of the province, the highest population share among the city/municipalities of Quezon. This was followed by the municipality of Candelaria with 6.4-percent share. The City of Tayabas and the municipalities of Tiaong and Lopez shared 5.3 percent each. The municipality of Jomalig had the least share at 0.4 percent.
Average household size decreased to 4.6 persons
The number of households increased by 19.0 percent from 299,662 in 2000 to 356,523 in 2007. The household population also increased from 1,481,112 in 2000 to 1,644,075 in 2007. These figures implied an average household size of 4.6 persons, lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
Sex ratio remained at 105
Of the 1,644,075 household population in 2007, there were more males (51.2 percent) than females (48.8 percent). This indicated a sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females. In 2000, a similar proportion of males to females was observed.
Median age was 21 years
In 2007, the household population of Quezon had a median age of 21 years, which means that half of the household population were below 21 years old. This median age was one year higher than the median age of 20 years in 2000.
Of the household population, 37.9 percent were under 15 years old. The highest proportion was observed in the age group 5 to 9 years (12.9 percent). This was followed closely by age group 10 to 14 years (12.7 percent) and 0 to 4 years (12.3 percent). There were more males in the household population 0 to 59 years of age while females outnumbered their male counterparts in age groups 60 years and over.
Voting-age population comprised 56 percent of the total household population
More than half (55.5 percent) of Quezon's household population comprised the voting-age population (18 years old and over). This was almost 1.0 percentage point higher than the proportion of voting-age population in 2000 (54.6 percent). The proportion of males (50.8 percent) in the voting-age population was higher than that of the females (49.2 percent) by 1.6 percentage points.
Overall dependency ratio decreased to 73 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
The working age group (15 to 64 years) accounted for 57.7 percent of the province's household population. The proportion of young dependents (0 to 14 years) to household population was 37.9 percent while old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 4.4 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 73.4, which indicated that there were about 73 dependents (66 young dependents and 7 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group. In 2000, there were 76 dependents (69 young dependents and 7 old dependents) per 100 working-age population.
Proportion of married persons remained the same
In 2007, persons who were never-married accounted for 41.7 percent of the household population 10 years old and over. Comparing this with the previous census figure, a slightly higher proportion of never-married persons (41.9 percent) was observed in 2000. The proportion of married persons remained at 46.6 percent for both 2000 and 2007. The rest (11.7 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common-law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status.
Males outnumbered females among never-married persons while females dominated the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.
More females reached higher level of education than males
Of the total household population 5 years old and over, 44.6 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 33.1 percent had reached or completed high school, 5.4 percent were college undergraduates, and 4.8 percent were academic degree holders. More females pursued higher levels of education than males, as majority of those with academic degrees (59.9 percent) and post baccalaureate courses (58.9 percent) were females.
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, about three fifths (62.8 percent) attended school at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years old, 64.8 percent attended school at anytime during the said school year. School attendance for males was 61.0 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Fewer persons per occupied housing unit
In 2007, there were 351,174 occupied housing units, an increase of 18.9 percent from the 295,404 occupied housing units in 2000. There were 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units or 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit in 2007. The ratio in 2000 was 101 households per 100 occupied housing units or 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit.
Proportion of occupied housing units with strong materials of roofs and walls increased
Of the occupied housing units in Quezon, 30.5 percent used concrete/brick/stone as construction materials for outer walls. This figure showed an increase of 5.9 percentage points from the proportion of occupied housing units which used the same materials for the outer walls in 2000. The use of wood for the outer walls, on the other hand, decreased from 28.5 percent in 2000 to 24.0 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, an increase in the use of galvanized iron/aluminum for the roofs was observed, from 62.2 percent in 2000 to 70.8 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office