Sunday, July 14, 2013
Population of Sorsogon increased at the rate of 1.31 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Sorsogon posted a total population of 740,743 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 90,208 persons compared to its total population of 650,535 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 1.31 percent. This is lower than the 2.21 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.31 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Sorsogon would double in 54 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Sorsogon was only 347,771 persons. This population size is less than one half of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Sorsogon was the most populous
Among the lone city and 14 municipalities comprising the province of Sorsogon, the City of Sorsogon, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 20.9 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Bulan was second with 12.7 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Pilar with 9.2 percent, Gubat with 7.7 percent, and Castilla with 7.1 percent. The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 7.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Santa Magdalena with 2.2 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 104 males per 100 females
Of the 739,688 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.1 percent while females comprised 48.9 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 104 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio recorded in 2000 was 106 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 20.7 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 20.7 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 20.7 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.2 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, two in every five persons (37.6 percent) were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (13.1 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (12.8 percent) and 0 to 4 years (11.7 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 55.2 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.1 percent in 2000. There were more males (50.3 percent) than females (49.7 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 75 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 37.6 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 5.3 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 57.0 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 75, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 75 dependents (66 young dependents and nine old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 86 dependents per 100 working-age population (77 young dependents and nine old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 45.8 percent were never married while 41.9 percent were married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (6.3 percent), widowed (4.9 percent), and divorced/separated (1.0 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.8 percent were males while 44.2 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, 44.3 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 33.9 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 6.3 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (57.4 percent) outnumbered the males (42.6 percent). Similarly, more females (65.4 percent) than males (34.6 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.9 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 14,000 persons or 1.9 percent of the 739,688 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 1.5 percent of the 649,411 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 9,900.
There were more females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 653,464 household population five years and over, 4.5 percent (or 29,424 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 (53.0 percent) than males (47.0 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
On the other hand, of the total 29,424 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 67.2 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 23.9 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps, 22.9 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using hearing aid, 13.0 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating, 12.0 percent had difficulty in communicating, and 9.1 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 558,466 household population 10 years old and over in Sorsogon, 0.8 percent (or 4,598 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 57.4 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 45 years and over made up the largest age group, comprising 19.9 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (19.4 percent), 25 to 29 years (18.1 percent), and 35 to 39 years (17.2 percent).
Average household size was 4.8 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 153,869, higher by 28,678 households compared with the 125,191 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.8 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 152,940 occupied housing units were recorded in Sorsogon in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.8 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 101 households per 100 occupied housing unit and 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of strong materials increased
The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 28.3 percent in 2000 to 42.0 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 48.3 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 32.2 percent.
More than half of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 153,869 households, 55.9 percent owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 45.5 percent.
Moreover, more than one third (35.4 percent) of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 5.3 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.8 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA