Population increased by 76,527 persons
The total population of South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City) as of August 1, 2007 was 767,255 persons. This figure is higher by 76,527 persons over the 2000 Census figure (690,728 persons). The population count of the province based on the 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.46 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, lower than the 2.30 percent PGR for the period 1995 to 2000.
Average household size slightly decreased
The number of households posted an increase of 23,733 from 141,418 in 2000 to 165,151 in 2007. The total household population likewise increased, from 689,663 in 2000 to 765,605 in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 4.6 persons, which is slightly lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
City of Koronadal, the provincial capital, was the most populated in the province
Among the 10 municipalities and one city in South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City), the City of Koronadal, the provincial capital, was the most populous having 149,622 persons or 19.5 percent of the provincial total population, followed by the municipality of Polomolok with 17.1 percent. The municipality of Tampakan had the lowest population share at 4.5 percent.
Males outnumbered females
Of the 765,605 household population of the province, 393,214 were males and 372,391 were females. These numbers resulted in a sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females, higher than the sex ratio in 2000 (104 males for every 100 females).
Median age in South Cotabato was 21 years old
In 2007, the household population of South Cotabato had a median age of 21 years, which means that half of the household population were below 21 years old. The median age in 2000 was 20 years.
Across age groups, children in the age group 0 to 4 years comprised the largest proportion (12.3 percent), followed by age groups 5 to 9 years (12.2 percent) and 10 to 14 years (12.0 percent).
Males outnumbered the females in the age brackets 0 to 59 years. On the other hand, females outnumbered males in the age brackets 60 years and over.
One out of two persons was in the voting age group
More than half (56.6 percent) of the household population belonged to the voting-age population (18 years old and over). This is slightly higher than the proportion of voting-age population (54.2 percent) recorded in 2000. The proportion of males of voting age (51.4 percent) was higher than the proportion of females (48.6 percent).
Overall dependency ratio dropped to 67
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 59.9 percent; young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 36.4 percent, and old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 3.7 percent.
The overall dependency ratio of the province was 67, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 67 dependents (61 young dependents and 6 old dependents). The dependency ratio in 2007 is lower compared to the 2000 ratio of 73 persons per 100 working-age population.
More than half of male population were never-married
Of the 578,505 household population 10 years old and over, 44.2 percent were never-married while 47.4 percent were married in 2007. The remaining 8.4 percent of the household population 10 years old and over were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common law/live-in marital arrangement, or with no report on marital status. Among the never-married persons, there were more males (56.0 percent) than females (44.0 percent), On the other hand, 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 five years old and over, 36.1 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 33.0 percent had reached high school, 6.7 percent were college undergraduates, and 6.9 percent were academic degree holders.
The proportion of males was higher than females in education categories preschool (53.2 percent), elementary (54.5 percent), high school (50.1 percent), and post secondary courses (53.5 percent). On the other hand, there were more females than males among college undergraduates, and among those with academic degrees and post baccalaureate courses.
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, majority (62.4 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 63.6 percent attended school at anytime during the said school year, while attendance for males was 61.3 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 138,572 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 163,886 in 2007, showing an increase of 18.3 percent. The number of households for every 100 occupied housing units was 101 in 2007, lower than the ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000. The ratio of persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was 4.7, while it was 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Use of strong materials for roofs and outer walls increased
The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 56.2 percent in 2000 to 72.7 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone also increased, from 23.9 percent in 2000 to 29.4 percent in 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office