Population of Sultan Kudarat increased at the rate of 2.45 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Sultan Kudarat posted a total population of 747,087 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 160,582 persons compared to its total population of 586,505 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 2.45 percent. This is lower than the 3.01 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 2.45 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Sultan Kudarat would double in 29 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Sultan Kudarat was only 77,783 persons. This population size is more than one tenth of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Tacurong was the most populous
Among the lone city and 11 municipalities comprising the province of Sultan Kudarat, the City of Tacurong was the most populous with a population size making up 11.9 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Isulan, the provincial capital, was second with 11.6 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Lebak and Palimbang with 11.1 percent each, Lambayong (Mariano Marcos) with 8.8 percent, and Bagumbayan and Esperanza with 8.5 percent each. The rest of municipalities contributed less than 8.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Columbio with 3.7 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 746,376 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. The recorded sex ratio in 2000 was the same as that in 2010.
Median age increased to 21.8 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 21.8 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.8 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.2 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 35.3 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (12.1 percent each) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (11.9 percent) and 0 to 4 years (11.3 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 64 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (65 years and over).
Almost six in every 10 persons were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 57.8 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.5 percent in 2000. There were more males (51.3 percent) than females (48.7 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 63 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 35.3 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.2 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 61.5 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 63, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 63 dependents (58 young dependents and five old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 77 dependents per 100 working-age population (72 young dependents and five old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 49.2 percent were married while 43.5 percent were never married. The rest of the populations were categorized as follows: widowed (3.9 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (2.7 percent), and divorced/separated (0.7 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.1 percent were males while 44.9 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, 39.8 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 32.2 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.6 percent were college undergraduates, and 5.9 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (56.9 percent) outnumbered the males (43.1 percent). Similarly, more females (61.1 percent) than males (38.9 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.4 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 10,400 persons or 1.4 percent of the 746,376 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 0.7 percent of the 585,768 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 4,000.
More males than females among those with functional difficulty
Of the 662,236 household population five years and over, 2.4 percent (or 15,692 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 males (51.2 percent) than females (48.8 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 15,692 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 67.5 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 23.9 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 23.1 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 15.1 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 11.8 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 10.8 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 573,123 household population 10 years old and over in Sultan Kudarat, 1.6 percent (or 9,118 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 75.5 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years made up the largest age group, comprising 23.4 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (19.0 percent), 20 to 24 years (17.7 percent), and 35 to 39 years (13.9 percent).
Average household size was 4.4 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 168,909, higher by 54,448 households compared with the 114,461 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.4 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.1 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 167,075 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Sultan Kudarat in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 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 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, 42.0 of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, lower than the proportion of 49.1 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood increased from 20.4 percent in 2000 to 21.9 percent in 2010. Those with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 13.3 percent in 2000 to 20.1 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 56.7 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 43.8 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 47.2 percent in 2000 to 36.8 percent in 2010.
Majority of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 168,909 households, about 67.9 percent were owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 54.6 percent.
Moreover, more than one fourth (25.5 percent) of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 4.1 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.9 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA