Population of Aklan increased at the rate of 1.73 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Aklan posted a total population of 535,725 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 84,411 persons compared to its total population of 451,314 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 1.73 percent. This is higher the 1.72 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.73 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Aklan would double in about 40 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Aklan was only 226,232 persons. This population size is less than one half of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Kalibo was the most populated municipality in Aklan
Among the 17 municipalities comprising the province of Aklan, Kalibo, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 13.9 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Malay was second with 8.6 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Ibajay with 8.5 percent, New Washington with 7.9 percent, and Banga with 7.1 percent. The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 7.0 percent each.
The least populated municipality was Lezo with 2.7 percent share of the total provincial population. It was also the least populated municipality in 2000.
Sex ratio was 103 males per 100 females
Of the 553,573 household population in 2010, males accounted for 50.8 percent while females comprised 49.2 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 103 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recorded sex ratio was 101 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 24.1 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 24.1 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 24.1 years. This is higher than the median age of 21.6 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 31.7 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (10.8 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 15 to 19 years (10.7 percent) and 0 to 4 years (10.5 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 49 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (50 years and over).
Three fifths of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 61.8 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 56.9 percent in 2000. There were more males (50.1 percent) than females (49.9 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 61 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 31.7 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 6.4 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 61.9 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 61, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 61 dependents (51young dependents and 10 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 73 dependents per 100 working-age population (63 young dependents and 10 old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 45.5 percent were never married while 43.2 percent were married. The rest of the population was categorized as follows: widowed (5.3 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (5.0 percent), and divorced/separated (0.8 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.2 percent were males while 44.8 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, 34.9 percent had attended or completed elementary education, about 33.2 percent had reached or finished high school, 7.8 percent were college undergraduates, and 12.5 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (56.7 percent) outnumbered the males (43.3 percent). Similarly, more females (66.0 percent) than males (34.0 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 2.2 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 11,800 persons or 2.2 percent of the 533,573 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 1.4 percent of the 450,353 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 6,100.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 477,671 household population five years and over, 2.3 percent (or 11,220 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 females (53.0 percent) than males (47.0 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 11,220 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 53.8 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 34.0 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 24.0 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 20.5 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 17.8 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 16.4 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 422,119 household population 10 years old and over in Aklan, 2.0 percent (or 8,577 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 63.0 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 45 years and over made up the largest age group, comprising 24.8 percent of the total overseas workers from this province, followed by age groups 25 to 29 years (18.8 percent), 30 to 34 years (18.0 percent), and 35 to 39 years (15.5 percent).
Average household size was 4.6 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 116,123, higher by 28,240 households compared with the 87,883 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.6 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 115,086 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Aklan 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 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, 43.4 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, down from 52.4 percent in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 28.4 percent in 2000 to 39.4 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 49.9 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw, lower than the proportion of 64.5 percent recorded in 2000. Occupied housing units with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 29.3 percent in 2000 to 45.2 percent in 2010.
More than two thirds of the households in the province lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, 68.0 percent of the total 116,123 households owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 60.7 percent of the 87,883 households.
Moreover, 23.8 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 6.7 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.0 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA