Population of Sarangani increased at the rate of 1.97 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Sarangani posted a total population of 498,904 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 88,282 persons compared to its total population of 410,622 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 1.97 percent. This is lower than the 3.78 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.97 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Sarangani would double in 36 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Sarangani was only 73,162 persons. This population size is less than 15.0 percent of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Municipality of Glan was the most populous
Among the seven municipalities comprising the province of Sarangani, the municipality of Glan was the most populous with 21.4 percent share of the total population. Malungon came in second with 19.1 percent share, followed by Alabel, the provincial capital, with 15.1 percent, Malapatan with 14.5 percent, Kiamba with 11.0 percent, Maasim with 10.6 percent, and Maitum with 8.4 percent.
In 2000, Maitum was also the least populated municipality.
Sex ratio was 107 males per 100 females
Of the 498,459 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.8 percent while females comprised 48.2 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 107 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recoded sex ratio was 105 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 20.2 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 20.2 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 20.2 years. This is higher than the median age of 18.6 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 38.3 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 0 to years and 5 to 9 years (12.9 percent each) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age group 10 to 14 years (12.5 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 74 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (75 years and over).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 54.7 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 51.1 percent in 2000. There were more males (52.3 percent) than females (47.7 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 71 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 38.3 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.0 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 58.6 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 71, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 71 dependents (66 young dependents and five old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 81 dependents per 100 working-age population (76 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, 48.9 percent were married while 42.1 percent were never married. The rest of the populations were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (4.8 percent), widowed (3.3 percent), and divorced/separated (0.8 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 56.7 percent were males while 43.3 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, 50.6 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 25.7 percent had reached or finished high school, 3.9 percent were college undergraduates, and 3.1 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 (64.3 percent) than males (35.7 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.3 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 6,400 persons or 1.3 percent of the 498,459 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 410,137 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 2,800.
More males than females among those with functional difficulty
Of the 434,060 household population five years and over, 2.8 percent (or 12,109 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 (51.8 percent) than females (48.2 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 12,109 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 74.1 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 20.9 percent who had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 20.4 percent had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 13.9 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 9.7 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 8.0 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 369,678 household population 10 years old and over in Sarangani, 0.8 percent (or 2,852 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 68.4 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years made up the largest age group, comprising 22.0 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (20.7 percent), 20 to 24 years (16.5 percent), and 35 to 39 years (13.4 percent).
Average household size was 4.6 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 108,622, higher by 25,726 households compared with the 82,896 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.6 persons, lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 107,378 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Sarangani 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 102 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, majority (61.8 percent) of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, lower than the proportion of 68.7 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood remained at 12.7 percent in 2000 and 2010. Those with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 6.5 percent in 2000 to 12.2 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 46.8 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 33.9 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 59.1 percent in 2000 to 45.3 percent in 2010.
More than half of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 108,622 households, about 54.5 percent were owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 49.6 percent.
Moreover, 39.1 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 2.8 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 2.2 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA