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Population Growth and Rate

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.

Population Distribution and Population Density 

Population Distribution. The population of Central Visayas is distributed somewhat unevenly among the region’s provinces.  Cebu accounted for the biggest share of the region’s total population followed by Bohol, Oriental Negros and Siquijor. 

Population Density. Central Visayas is the 12th most densely populated region in the country.   From 335 persons for every square kilometer of land in 1995, the population density of Central Visayas rose to 381 persons per square kilometer in 2000. The population density of the region is higher than the national average of 255 persons per square kilometer.

Density by Province. Cebu is the most densely populated province in the region at 660 persons per square kilometer. Negros Oriental is the least densely populated province at 208 persons per square kilometer of land. The population densities of Cebu and Bohol are higher than the national average of 255 persons per square kilometer.

Density by City. Among the 12 cities in the region, MandaueCity and LapulapuCity, both in Cebu, are the most densely populated cities. The least populous city is Tanjay in Negros Oriental.

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    Sources: National Economic Development Authority           Department of Health               National Statistics Office

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