Monday, June 24, 2013
Population of Agusan del Norte increased at the rate of 1.53 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Agusan del Norte, excluding Butuan City, posted a total population of 332,487 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 46,917 persons compared to its total population of 285,570 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 1.53 percent. This is lower than the 1.85 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.53 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Agusan del Norte would double in 46 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Agusan del Norte was only 94,848 persons. This population size is less than one third of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Cabadbaran was the most populous
Among the lone city and 10 municipalities comprising the province of Agusan del Norte, the City of Cabadbaran was the most populous with a population size making up 20.8 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Buenavista was second with 16.9 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Nasipit with 12.2 percent, Las Nieves with 8.1 percent, and Jabonaga with 7.2 percent. The rest of municipalities contributed less than 7.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez with 4.7 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 106 males per 100 females
Of the 332,189 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.5 percent while females comprised 48.5 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recorded sex ratio was the same as that in 2010.
Median age increased to 22.0 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 22.0 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 22.0 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.5 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 35.6 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 0 to 4 years (12.0 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (11.8 percent) and 10 to 14 years (11.7 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 64 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (65 years and over).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 57.8 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 53.1 percent in 2000. There were more males (51.3 percent) than females (48.7 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 67 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 35.6 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 4.7 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 59.7 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 67, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 67 dependents (59 young dependents and eight old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 79 dependents per 100 working-age population (72 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, 44.4 percent were married while 43.6 percent were never married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (6.5 percent), widowed (4.3 percent), and divorced/separated (1.1 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 56.1 percent were males while 43.9 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, 40.6 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 34.4 percent had reached or finished high school, 7.5 percent were college undergraduates, and 7.3 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (55.2 percent) outnumbered the males (44.8 percent). Similarly, more females (58.3 percent) than males (41.7 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.8 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 5,900 persons or 1.8 percent of the 332,189 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 285,065 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 4,200.
More females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 292,244 household population five years and over, 3.4 percent (or 9,924 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 (50.3 percent) than males (49.7 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 9,924 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 67.6 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 21.4 percent who had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 21.2 percent had difficulty in walking or climbing step; 14.1 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 12.0 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 9.8 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 253,000 household population 10 years old and over in Agusan del Norte, 1.4 percent (or 3,571 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 62.1 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 30 to 34 years made up the largest age group, comprising 20.2 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 45 years and over (19.9 percent), 25 to 29 years (18.4 percent), and 35 to 39 years (17.7 percent).
Average household size was 4.9 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 68,051, higher by 15,272 households compared with the 52,779 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.9 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.4 persons in 2000.
There were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 66,885 occupied housing units were recorded in Agusan del Norte in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.5 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, more than half (53.0 percent) of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of wood, lower than the proportion of 62.8 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 12.5 percent in 2000 to 23.2 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, more than half (54.4 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 43.6 percent recorded in 2000. Those with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 50.1 percent in 2000 to 41.3 percent in 2010.
More than half of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 68,051 households, more than half (51.3 percent) owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 42.0 percent.
Moreover, 34.7 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 9.6 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 1.0 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA