Surigao City Comprised Nearly One Third of Surigao Del Norte's Total Population (Results from the 2007 Census of Population)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Total population increased by 35,003 persons

The total population of Surigao del Norte, was 409,468 persons as of August 1, 2007, representing an increase of 35,003 persons from the total population of 374,465 persons recorded as of May 1, 2000. These figures translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.24 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, or lower than the PGR of 1.98 percent recorded for the period 1995 to 2000.

Average household size down to 4.9 persons

The number of households in Surigao del Norte was 84,069 in 2007, an increase of 11,988 households from the 2000 figure. The household population, likewise, increased from 373,794 persons in 2000 to 408,693 persons in 2007. In terms of average household size, there were 4.9 persons per household, lower than 5.2 persons per household in 2000.

Surigao City was largest in terms of population size

The largest area in terms of population size among the lone city and 20 municipalities in Surigao del Norte was Surigao City, the provincial capital. It comprised 32.3 percent of the entire population in the province. The city's population was nearly six times larger than the population of municipalities that followed it: Mainit (5.8 percent), Placer (5.6 percent), and Dapa (5.4 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a population share of less than 5.0 percent.

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Sex ratio was 103 males per 100 females

Of the 408,693 household population of Surigao del Norte, there were 207,683 males and 201,010 females, resulting to a sex ratio of 103 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio in 2000 was 102 males per 100 females.

Median age increased by one year

The household population of the province in 2007 had a median age of 20 years, or one year higher than the median age reported in 2000. This means that half of the population of Surigao del Norte in 2007 were younger than 20 years old,

Among the household population, children aged 0 to 4 years accounted for the largest share (13.1 percent). Children in the next age group (5 to 9 years) followed closely with 12.9 percent share. Meanwhile, household population aged 10 to 14 years was the third largest age group (12.3 percent).

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In terms of population by age and sex, males outnumbered their female counterparts from age 0 to 59 years. Females outnumbered males at age 60 years and over.

Number of persons in the voting age group increased by 11.0 percent

In 2007, household population in the voting age group (18 years and over) totalled 223,236 persons. Of this figure, 112,615 were males while 110,621 were females. In comparison, the voting age group in 2007 was higher by 11.0 percent than the voting age group (201,102 persons) in 2000.

Overall dependency ratio dropped to 76 dependents per 100 working-age population

The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 56.8 percent, young dependents (0 to14 years) comprised 38.3 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 4.9 percent.

The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 76, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 76 dependents (67 young dependents and 9 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 78 dependents (70 young dependents and 8 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group.

More never-married males than females

In 2007, about 46.8 percent of the household population 10 years old and over were married, while never-married persons shared 44.6 percent. The rest (8.6 percent) were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status. Moreover, there were more females than males in all categories for marital status, except for those never married.

More females had attained higher levels of education

Of the household population five years old and over, 41.6 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 31.3 percent had reached or completed high school, 7.5 percent were college undergraduates, and 7.8 percent were academic degree holders.

There were more females than males among those who had attained higher levels of education. Females comprised 57.8 percent of those with academic degrees and 60.1 percent of those with post baccalaureate courses.

Moreover, school attendance at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008 among the household population 5 to 24 years old was 68.7 percent. Of the total males aged 5 to 24 years, 67.8 percent had attended school at anytime during the said school year. Attendance for females, meanwhile, was 69.8 percent of the total females aged 5 to 24 years.

Number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 101

In 2007, the number of occupied housing units increased by 17.9 percent, from 70,872 occupied housing units in 2000 to 83,528 in 2007. The number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 101 in 2007, down from 102 households per 100 occupied housing units in 2000. Further, there were 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit reported in 2007, lower than the 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Strong materials for roofs for more than half of the occupied housing units

More than half (50.7 percent) of the 83,528 occupied housing units in Surigao del Norte had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, while 39.0 percent had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw. As to the construction materials of the outer walls of the occupied housing units, 43.2 percent were made of wood, while 24.7 percent were made of concrete/brick/stone.






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  Source:  Household Statistics Department
                   National Statistics Office
                   Manila, Philippines