Number of households increased by 28,930
The population of Davao del Norte was 847,440 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population. This figure was higher by 103,629 persons over the population count of 743,811 persons in 2000. The population counts for the province for the period 2000 and 2007 censuses translated to an average annual population growth rate of 1.81 percent.
The number of households reached 179,774, which was 28,930 households more than the number of households in 2000. The average household size in 2007 was 4.7 persons, slightly lower than the average household size of 4.9 persons in 2000.
City of Tagum was the most populated area
Among the 8 municipalities and 3 cities in Davao del Norte, the City of Tagum, the provincial capital, was the most populous with 25.5 percent share to the provincial population. It was followed by City of Panabo (18.2 percent), municipality of Santo Tomas (11.5 percent), Island Garden City of Samal (10.7 percent), and municipalities of Kapalong (7.3 percent) and Carmen (7.3 percent). The rest of the municipalities each shared six percent or below. The municipality of Talaingod was the least populous with 2.3 percent share to the total provincial population.
Males dominated the household population
Of the 843,044 household population of Davao del Norte, 51.4 percent were males and 48.6 percent were females. The sex ratio was recorded at 106 males for every 100 females, slightly higher than the sex ratio of 105 males per 100 females in 2000.
Half of the population of Davao del Norte were below 22 years old
The household population of Davao del Norte had a median age of 22 years, which means that half of the household population were below 22 years old. The median age in 2000 was 20 years.
Age group 0 to 4 years comprised the highest share to household population with 11.8 percent, followed by age groups 5 to 9 years and 15 to 19 years (each with 11.3 percent), and age group 10 to 14 years (11.1 percent).
There were more males than females in age brackets 0 to 69 years, while more females than males were reported in age brackets 70 years and over.
Three out of five persons were in voting-age population
More than half (58.8 percent) of the household population of Davao del Norte were of voting ages (18 years old and over). The proportion of males (51.4 percent) in the voting-age population was higher compared to that of females (48.6 percent).
Overall dependency ratio decreased to 61 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 62.0 percent, young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 34.2 percent, and old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 3.8 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 61, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were 61 dependents (55 young and 6 old dependents). In 2000, there were 68 dependents (63 young and 5 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working-age population.
Never-married persons comprised more of males than females
About 45 percent of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were married while 43.7 percent were never-married. The rest of the population was either widowed (3.7 percent), divorced/separated (0.9 percent), had common law/live-in marital arrangement (5.5 percent), or had unknown marital status (0.7 percent). Among never-married persons, there were more males (55.4 percent) than females (44.6 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, 37.5 percent had attended or finished elementary education while 34.6 percent had reached or completed high school. The proportion of academic degree holders was 6.9 percent, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the 2000 figure (3.4 percent).
More females had attained higher levels of education than males, as majority of those with academic degrees (57.4 percent) and post baccalaureate courses (56.5 percent) were females.
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, approximately three-fifths (60.9 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. The school attendance among females (62.0 percent) was higher than the school attendance among males (59.9 percent) during the said school year.
Ratio of households per 100 occupied housing units decreased to 101
From a total of 147,427 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units in 2007 reached 177,593, indicating an increase of 20.5 percent. The number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 101 in 2007, lower than the ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000. In terms of the number of persons per occupied housing unit, a ratio of 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit was recorded in 2007, lower than the ratio of 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit reported in 2000.
Eight in every 10 occupied housing units had roofs made of galvanized iron or aluminum
Almost equal proportion of occupied housing units in Davao del Norte in 2007 had either concrete/brick/stone (27.2 percent), wood (27.7 percent), or bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa (26.4 percent) as materials for outer walls.
Galvanized iron/aluminum was the roofing materials used in about 8 in every 10 (82.0 percent) occupied housing units in the province.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office