Number of households increased by 63,129
The population of Nueva Ecija was 1,843,853 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population. This figure is higher by 183,970 persons over the population count of 1,659,883 persons in 2000. The population counts for the province from the 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an average annual population growth rate of 1.46 percent for the period 2000 to 2007.
The number of households reached 403,287, which is 63,129 households more than the number of households in 2000. The average household size in 2007 was 4.6 persons, slightly lower than the average household size of 4.9 in 2000.
Cabanatuan City was the most populated area
Among the 27 municipalities and 5 cities in Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City was the most populous with a population of 259,267 persons, or 14.1 percent of the provincial population. Next to this were San Jose City (6.6 percent), Talavera (5.7 percent), City of Gapan (5.4 percent), and Guimba (5.2 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a share of less than four percent each. Palayan City, the provincial capital had a share of 1.8 percent to the provincial population.
Males dominated the household population
Of the 1,841,905 household population of Nueva Ecija, 50.8 percent were males and 49.2 percent were females. The sex ratio was recorded at 103 males for every 100 females, which is the same in 2000.
Half of the population of Nueva Ecija were below 23 years old
The household population of Nueva Ecija had a median age of 23 years, which means that half of the household population were below 23 years old. This median age is one year higher than the median age of 22 years recorded in 2000.
Persons aged 0 to 14 years made up 33.6 percent of the total household population. This percentage is almost equally distributed to age groups 0 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years, and 10 to 14 years at around 11.0 percent each.
There were more males than females in the age brackets 0 to 59 years, while there were more females than males in the age brackets 60 years and over.
Three out of five persons were in voting-age population
Sixty percent of the household population of Nueva Ecija were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). The distribution of voting-age population by sex was almost the same for males (50.2 percent) and females (49.8 percent).
Overall dependency ratio decreased to 62 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 61.7 percent, young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 33.6 percent, and old dependents (65 years and over), 4.8 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 62, which means that for every 100 persons in the working-age group, there were 62 dependents (54 young and 8 old dependents). In 2000, there were 66 dependents (59 young and 7 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working-age population.
Never-married persons comprised more males than females
Half (50.9 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 39.9 percent were never-married. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or had no report on marital status. Among never-married persons, there were more males (55.3 percent) than females (44.7 percent). Females outnumbered the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.
More females had attained higher levels of education
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 39.0 percent had attended or finished elementary education and 35.7 percent had reached or completed high school. The proportion of academic degree holders was 7.8 percent, an increase of 3.9 percentage points from the 2000 figure (3.9 percent).
More females had attained higher levels of education than males as proportion of females among academic degree holders was 56.7 percent and among those with post baccalaureate courses, 55.8 percent were females.
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, more than three-fifths (62.0 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. The school attendance among females (63.2 percent) was higher than the school attendance among males (61.0 percent) during the said school year.
Ratio of households to occupied housing units remained at 101
From a total of 335,674 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 398,529 in 2007, indicating an increase of 18.7 percent. The number of households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2007 and 2000 was the same at 101 households. As to the number of persons per occupied housing unit, a ratio of 4.6 persons per occupied housing unit was recorded in 2007 while it was 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Use of light materials as outer walls and roof decreased
Most of the occupied housing units in Nueva Ecija used concrete/brick/stone (49.6 percent) as the construction materials for the outer walls. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa dropped from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 15.6 percent in 2007.
Majority (81.0 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. The use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roof decreased from 14.1 percent in 2000 to 8.7 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office