Population of Camarines Norte Reached more than Half a Million (Results from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing)

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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Population of Camarines Norte increased at the rate of 1.44 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Camarines Norte posted a total population of 542,915 persons as of May 1, 2010.  This is larger by 72,261 persons compared to its total population of 470,654 persons counted in the 2000 CPH.  The increase in the population count from 2000 to 2010 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.44 percent.  This is lower than the 1.87 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.44 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Camarines Norte would double in 49 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Camarines Norte was only 188,091 persons.  This population size is more than one third of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Municipality of Daet was the most populous
Among the 12 municipalities comprising the province of Camarines Norte, the municipality of Daet, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 17.6 percent of the total provincial population.  The municipality of Labo was second with 17.0 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Jose Panganiban (10.2 percent), Paracale (9.8 percent), and Mercedes (8.8 percent). The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 8.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of San Vicente with 1.9 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 105 males per 100 females
Of the 542,315 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.2 percent while females comprised 48.8 percent.  These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females, which is similar to the sex ratio recorded in 2000.
Median age increased to 21.3 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 21.3 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.3 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.6 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, nearly two in every five persons (37.2 percent) were under 15 years old.  Children aged 10 to 14 years (12.5 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (12.4 percent) and 0 to 4 years (12.4 percent).  Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 54 years.  On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (55 years and over).

More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 56.1 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.9 percent in 2000.  There were more males (50.7 percent) than females (49.3 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 71 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 37.2 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 4.4 percent.  The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 58.3 percent.         
The overall dependency ratio was 71, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 71 dependents (64 young dependents and 7 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 80 dependents per 100 working-age population (73 young dependents and seven old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 43.1 percent were married while 42.5 percent were never married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (8.6 percent), widowed (4.5 percent), and divorced/separated (1.2 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 56.4 percent were males while 43.6 percent were females.  For the rest of the categories for marital status, the females outnumbered the males.
More females had attained higher levels of education
Of the household population aged five years and over, 42.7 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 34.5 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.6 percent were college undergraduates, and 6.2 percent were academic degree holders.  Among those with an academic degree, the females (59.8 percent) outnumbered the males (40.2 percent).  Similarly, more females (62.9 percent) than males (37.1 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.7 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 9,400 persons or 1.7 percent of the 542,315 household population had a disability.  The proportion of persons with disability (PWD) in 2000 was 1.8 percent of the 470,087 household population of the province during that year.  The number of PWD for the same year was around 8,500.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 475,257 household population five years old and over, 3.4 percent (or 16,016 persons) had at least one type of functional difficulty either in seeing, hearing, walking or climbing steps, remembering or concentrating, self-caring (bathing or dressing), or communicating.  There were more females (51.3 percent) than males (48.7 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
On the other hand, of the total 16,016 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 63.8 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses.  There were 25.2 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps, 20.6 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid, 15.0 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating, 13.2 percent had difficulty in communicating, and 9.7 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 407,908 household population 10 years old and over in Camarines Norte, 1.2 percent (or 4,888 persons) were overseas workers.  Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 61.2 percent of all the overseas workers from this province.  Overseas workers aged 45 years and over made up the largest age group, comprising 24.2 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (17.5 percent), 35 to 39 years (17.3 percent), and 25 to 29 years (15.4 percent).
Average household size was 4.6 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 116,728, higher by 24,862 households compared with the 91,866 households posted in 2000.  The average household size in 2010 was 4.6 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.1 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 115,570 occupied housing units were recorded in Camarines Norte in 2010.  This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit.  In 2000, there were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units and 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of strong materials increased
In 2010, two in every five (41.0 percent) of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone, up from 30.5 percent in 2000.  Meanwhile, more than half (53.9 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum.  This is higher than the proportion recorded in 2000 at 48.9 percent.
Majority of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized        
In 2010, of the total 116,728 households, more than half (53.0 percent) owned or amortized the lots that they occupied.  The corresponding figure in 2000 was 43.7 percent.
Moreover, more than one third (34.6 percent) of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 8.9 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.9 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.