THE country’s population has ballooned to 100.98 million as of August 1 last year based on the latest census of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
This means that the population grew by 8.64 million in five years. There were 92.34 million Filipinos when the PSA held a census in 2010. In 2000, the population was 76.51 million.
On an average, the PSA said the population increased by 1.72 percent annually from 2010 to 2015.
By comparison, the population growth from 2000 to 2010 was higher — 1.90 percent.
Of the 18 administrative regions, Region IV-A (Calabarzon) had the biggest population in
2015 with 14.41 million, followed by the National Capital Region, 12.88 million, and Region III (Central Luzon), 11.22 million.
“The combined population of these three regions accounted for about 38.1 percent of the Philippine population in 2015,” the PSA said.
Meanwhile, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was the fastest growing region with an average annual population growth rate of 2.89 percent.
Cavite province was the most populous in 2015 with 3.68 million people, followed by Bulacan (3.29 million), and Laguna (3.04 million). The PSA said 24 other provinces surpassed the 1-million population mark.
Batanes was the smallest province in terms of population — 17,246. The provinces of Siquijor and Camiguin each had less than 100,000.
Among highly urbanized cities, Quezon City had the biggest population — 2.94 million. It was followed by Manila, 1.78 million, Davao City, 1.63 million, and Caloocan City, 1.58 million.
On the other hand, the three largest municipalities in terms of population size are all located in the province of Rizal.
These are the municipalities of Rodriquez (Montalban), 369,222, Cainta, 332,128, and Taytay, 319,104.
The municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan was the smallest with a population of 184 people.