CALAMBA CITY: Laguna has reached the three-million mark in its population, which now stands at 3,035,081 based on the 2015 population census conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The report said its population grew by 365,234 from the 2.67 million people in 2010, or 2.47 percent growth annually from 2010 to 2015. The average annual population growth rate (PGR) from 2000 to 2010 was higher at 3.11 percent.
The growth is more than 20 times the population in 1903, the first census conducted in the country, with only 148,606 persons.
This makes Laguna is the third most populous province in the country, next to Cavite (3.68 million) and Bulacan (3.29 million).
Among the six cities and 24 municipalities of Laguna, Calamba City is the largest in terms of population, with 454,486 persons making up 15 percent of the total provincial population. Santa Rosa City followed with 353,767 (11.7 percent), followed by Biñan with 333,028 (11 percent).
San Pedro City has 325.809 residents (10.07 percent), Cabuyao with 308,745 (10.2 percent), and San Pablo with 266,068 (8.8 percent).
The cities of Cabuyao and Santa Rosa are the fastest growing cities with an average annual PGR of 4.23 percent each.
Famy is the smallest municipality in terms of population size with 16,587 persons or .5 percent contribution to the total residents of the province.
Other municipalities that posted population sizes of less than 20,000 are Rizal (17,253) and Luisiana (19,720).
There are 686 barangays (villages) in the province, including the seven newly created barangays in the city of San Pedro that had been separated from Barangay San Vicente.
In terms of population density, San Pedro City is the most densely populated area with 13,519 persons per square kilometer, followed by the city of Biñan with a 7,656 persons per square kilometer.