Monday, June 24, 2013
Population of Agusan del Sur increased at the rate of 1.61 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Agusan del Sur posted a total population of 656,418 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 97,124 persons compared to its total population of 559,294 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 1.61 percent. This is lower than the 2.88 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.61 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Agusan del Sur would double in 43 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Agusan del Sur was only 93,677 persons. This population size is less than 15.0 percent of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Bayugan was the most populous
Among the lone city and 13 municipalities comprising the province of Agusan del Sur, the City of Bayugan was the most populous with a population size making up 15.1 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of Prosperidad, the provincial capital, was second with 11.7 percent share, followed by the municipalities of San Francisco with 10.8 percent, Esperanza with 7.9 percent, Trento with 7.2 percent, Veruela with 6.2 percent, and Loreto with 6.0 percent. The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 6.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Santa Josefa with 3.8 percent share to the total population of the province. In 2000, the least populated area was the municipality of La Paz.
Sex ratio was 109 males per 100 females
Of the 655,331 household population in 2010, males accounted for 52.0 percent while females comprised 48.0 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 109 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the recorded sex ratio was 107 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 20.2 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 20.2 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 20.2 years. This is higher than the median age of 17.5 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 38.2 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 0 to 4 years (13.3 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (12.9 percent) and 10 to 14 years (12.0 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 54.8 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 49.9 percent in 2000. There were more males (52.4 percent) than females (47.6 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 38.2 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.5 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 58.4 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 71, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 71 dependents (65 young dependents and six old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 84 dependents per 100 working-age population (79 young dependents and five old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 45.3 percent were married while 43.5 percent were never married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (6.8 percent), widowed (3.5 percent), and divorced/separated (0.9 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 57.2 percent were males while 42.8 percent were females. Among those married, the males and females had equal proportion while 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, 48.5 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 30.1 percent had reached or finished high school, 6.1 percent were college undergraduates, and 4.8 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (58.6 percent) outnumbered the males (41.4 percent). Similarly, more females (62.6 percent) than males (37.4 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.6 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 10,500 persons or 1.6 percent of the 655,331 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 1.3 percent of the 558,414 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 7,000.
More males than females among those with functional difficulty
Of the 568,284 household population five years and over, 3.5 percent (or 19,954 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 males (50.1 percent) than females (49.9 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 19,954 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 73.3 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 19.9 percent who had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 18.1 percent had difficulty in walking or climbing step; 16.6 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 9.5 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 7.3 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 483,763 household population 10 years old and over in Agusan del Sur, 0.5 percent (or 2,399 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 54.1 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years made up the largest age group, comprising 23.5 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (19.6 percent), 35 to 39 years (13.8 percent), and 45 years and over (13.4 percent).
Average household size was 4.9 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 133,985, higher by 30,348 households compared with the 103,637 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 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 132,460 occupied housing units were recorded in Agusan del Sur in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.9 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, 62.9 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of wood, lower than the proportion of 74.7 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa increased from 10.9 percent in 2000 to 15.4 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, more than half (50.9 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, higher than the proportion of 40.6 percent recorded in 2000. Those with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 49.5 percent in 2000 to 43.7 percent in 2010.
About 60.0 percent of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 133,985 households, 58.9 percent owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 53.5 percent.
Moreover, 29.5 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 5.6 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 3.4 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA