Population of Cotabato (North Cotabato) increased at the rate of 2.49 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Cotabato (North Cotabato) posted a total population of 1,226,508 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 267,865 persons compared to its total population of 958,643 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 2.49 percent. This is higher than the 2.29 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 2.49 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Cotabato (North Cotabato) would double in 28 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Cotabato (North Cotabato) was only 279,478 persons. This population size is more than one fifth of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Municipality of Midsayap was the most populous
Among the lone city and 17 municipalities comprising the province of Cotabato (North Cotabato), the municipality of Midsayap was the most populous with a population size making up to 10.9 percent of the total provincial population. The City of Kidapawan, the provincial capital, was second with 10.2 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Pikit with 9.2 percent, and M’lang with 7.2 percent. The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 7.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Antipas with 2.1 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 106 males per 100 females
Of the 1,224,279 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.4 percent while females comprised 48.6 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recoded sex ratio was 104 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 21.6 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 21.6 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.6 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.4 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 35.7 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 0 to 4 years (12.1 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years (11.8 percent each). 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).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 57.4 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.8 percent in 2000. There were more males (51.5 percent) than females (48.5 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 65 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 35.7 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.6 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 60.7 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 65, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 65 dependents (59 young dependents and six old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 77 dependents per 100 working-age population (71 young dependents and six old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 48.8 percent were married while 43.1 percent were never married. The rest of the populations were categorized as follows: widowed (4.0 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (3.3 percent), and divorced/separated (0.8 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.8 percent were males while 44.2 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, 42.2 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 31.6 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.8 percent were college undergraduates, and 6.4 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (58.7 percent) outnumbered the males (41.3 percent). Similarly, more females (60.5 percent) than males (39.5 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.4 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 17,600 persons or 1.4 percent of the 1,224,279 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 0.9 percent of the 957,294 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 8,200.
More males than females among those with functional difficulty
Of the 1,076,538 household population five years and over, 2.7 percent (or 28,629 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 (50.3 percent) than females (49.7 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 28,629 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 68.4 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 26.3 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 21.8 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 16.4 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 12.0 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 10.4 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 931.507 household population 10 years old and over in Cotabato (North Cotabato), 1.4 percent (or 12,587 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 73.9 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years made up the largest age group, comprising 23.3 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (18.4 percent), 20 to 24 years (18.3 percent), and 35 to 39 years (12.9 percent).
Average household size was 4.5 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 271,784, higher by 83,203 households compared with the 188,581 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.5 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 268,256 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Cotabato (North Cotabato) in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.6 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.1 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, 37.5 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, lower than the proportion of 41.5 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood decreased from 31.4 percent in 2000 to 27.3 percent in 2010. Those with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 11.5 percent in 2000 to 19.2 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 72.7 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 60.3 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 32.2 percent in 2000 to 22.1 percent in 2010.
Seven in every 10 households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 271,784 households, about 68.6 percent were owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 58.3 percent.
Moreover, more than one fourth (24.5 percent) of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 3.8 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 2.0 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA