Population of Capiz increased at the rate of 0.96 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Capiz posted a total population of 719,685 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 65,529 persons compared to its total population of 654,156 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 0.96 percent. This is lower the 1.14 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 0.96 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Capiz would double in about 73 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Capiz was only 315,079 persons. This population size is more than two fifths of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Roxas was the most populous in Capiz
Among the lone city and 16 municipalities comprising the province of Capiz, the City of Roxas, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 21.7 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Tapaz was second with 6.7 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Dumarao with 6.1 percent, Pontevedra with 6.0 percent, and Panay with 6.0 percent. The rest of municipalities contributed less than 6.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Sapi-an with 3.4 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 103 males per 100 females
Of the 718,961 household population in 2010, males accounted for 50.7 percent while females comprised 49.3 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 20.9 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 31.8 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (11.4 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 15 to 19 years (11.1 percent) and 5 to 9 years (10.7 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).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 61.4 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 55.9 percent in 2000. The proportion of males and females among the voting-age population is equal at 50.0 percent each.
Dependency ratio decreased to 61 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 31.8 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 6.1 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 62.1 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 61, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 61 dependents (51 young dependents and 10 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 72 dependents per 100 working-age population (64 young dependents and eight 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 44.7 percent were married. The rest of the population was categorized as follows: widowed (5.2 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (3.6 percent), and divorced/separated (0.8 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 54.9 percent were males while 45.1 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, 40.5 percent had attended or completed elementary education, about 31.1 percent had reached or finished high school, 7.5 percent were college undergraduates, and 9.7 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (57.4 percent) outnumbered the males (42.6 percent). Similarly, more females (66.1 percent) than males (33.9 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.8 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 12,900 persons or 1.8 percent of the 718,961 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 1.3 percent of the 653,602 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 8,700.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 649,540 household population five years and over, 3.0 percent (or 19,704 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 (53.4 percent) than males (46.6 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 19,704 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 61.7 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 27.3 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 22.2 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 14.2 percent had difficulty in communicating; 22.1 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; and 11.4 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 572,523 household population 10 years old and over in Capiz, 1.9 percent (or 10,842 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 52.3 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years and 30 to 34 years made up the largest age group, comprising 21.3 percent each of the total overseas workers from this province, followed by age groups 35 to 39 years and 45 years and over (17.0 percent each).
Average household size was 4.5 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 159,061, higher by 30,492 households compared with the 128,569 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 157,548 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Capiz 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, 50.7 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa, down from 61.6 percent in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 16.7 percent in 2000 to 27.6 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 75.8 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 58.2 percent recorded in 2000. Occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 33.7 percent in 2000 to 21.1 percent in 2010.
Less than half of the households in the province lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, 48.9 percent of the total 159,061 households owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 32.9 percent of the 128,569 households.
Moreover, 42.8 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 6.4 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.6 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA