Based on the results of the 2000 Census of Population, Central Visayas is the fifth
most populous region in the Philippines. Its total population, which is a little over 5.7 million, accounts for 7.4 percent of the country's total population. On the average, the regional population grew
at an annual rate of 2.25 percent during the 1970s, 1.95 percent during the 1980s and 2.18 percent in the 1990s. This makes the growth rate of Central Visayas one of the lowest in the country; lower than
the national averages of 2.18 percent in the 1970s, 2.35 percent in the 1980s, 2.34 in the 1990s, and 2.79 percent in the second half of the nineties.This means that during 1995 – 2000m the population
increased by 137,000 persons per year on the average, or 16 persons per hour.
Doubling Time. If the average annual growth rate of Central Visayas continues
at 2.79 percent, then population of this region is expected to double in 25 years.
Household Size. The number of households in Central Visayas increased to
1.13 milion, or by 133,000 from the 1995 figure of 996,000. The average household size registered at 5.03 persons, which is similar to the 1995 figures of 5.02 persons.
Among the four provinces and two highly urbanized cities in Central Visayas, Cebu
(including CebuCity) registered the largest population at 3.35 million persons; followed by Bohol with 1.14 million persons, Oriental Negros with 1.13 million persons, and Siquijor with 82,000 persons.
Cebu was the fastest-growing province in the region with an average annual growth
rate of 3.07 percent, while Oriental Negros grew slowest at 2.03 percent.
Institutional Population. The institutional population of Central
Visayas as of May 1, 2000 was 20,116 persons which is higher than the 1995 figure of 19,049.