Population increased to 405,114
The population of Eastern Samar was 405,114 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 29,292 persons over the population count of 375,822 persons in 2000. The recent population count for the province translated to an annual growth rate of 1.04 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, higher than the 0.79 percent annual growth rate registered for the period 1995 to 2000.
The number of households reached 84,110, which was 11,078 households more than the 2000 figure. The average household size in 2007 was 4.8 persons, which was lower than the average household size of 5.1 persons in 2000.
City of Borongan was the most populated area
Among the 23 city/municipalities in Eastern Samar, City of Borongan, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population of 59,354 persons or 14.7 percent of the provincial total population. This municipality was followed by Guiuan (10.7 percent), Dolores (8.5 percent), and Oras (7.8 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a share of less than 5.0 percent each, with the municipality of Maslog (1.2 percent) having the least share.
Males dominated the household population
Of the 404,251 household population of Eastern Samar, 51.9 percent were males and 48.1 percent were females or a sex ratio of 108 males for every 100 females. This was slightly higher than the sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females in 2000.
Half of the population of Eastern Samar were below 20 years old
The household population of Eastern Samar had a median age of 20 years, which means that half of the household population were below 20 years old. The median age for the province in 2007 was one year higher than the median age of 19 years recorded in 2000.
Majority of the voting-age population were males
More than half (53.8 percent) of the household population of Eastern Samar were in the voting age group (18 years old and over), in which, majority (51.7 percent) were males.
Overall dependency ratio declined
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15-64 years) was 54.3 percent, young dependents (0-14 years), 39.4 percent and old dependents (65 years and over), 6.4 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 84.3, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 84 dependents (72 young dependents and 12 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 88 dependents (77 young dependents and 11 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age-population.
Proportion of single and married were almost equal
Proportion of single persons was almost equal to the proportion of married persons. About two out of five (43.5 percent) household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were single while 42.2 percent were married. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or unknown. Among single persons, there were more males (57.4 percent) than females (42.6 percent). Females outnumbered the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.
In 2000, the proportion of single persons (43.5 percent) was also almost equal to the proportion of married persons (42.7 percent).
More females pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 45.4 percent had attended or finished elementary education and 28.0 percent had reached high school. Only 6.4 percent were academic degree holders but the proportion of these increased by 2.9 percentage points from the 2000 figure of 3.5 percent.
Majority of those with academic degree (60.9 percent) and post baccalaureate degree (59.6 percent) were females, indicating that there were more females who pursued higher levels of education than males.
Higher proportion of females were attending school
Among household population 5 to 24 years old, about two out of three (69.7 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 72.4 percent attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008, while attendance for males was 67.4 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
One household per occupied housing unit
From a total of 72,600 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 83,714 in 2007, showing an increase of 15.3 percent. A ratio of one household per occupied housing unit or 4.8 persons per occupied housing unit was noted in 2007. This was lower than the ratio of 1.01 household for every occupied housing units or 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit recorded in 2000.
Materials for roofs and outer walls improved
An improvement in the materials used for the outer walls was observed in 2007. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 14.2 percent in 2000 to 21.9 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa dropped from 47.2 percent in 2000 to 38.3 percent in 2007.
More than half (53.3 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roof made of galvanized iron/aluminum, an increase of 10.8 percentage points from the 2000 figure. On the other hand, use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roof decreased from 52.1 percent in 2000 to 41.6 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office