Slower population growth observed in 2020; NCR, Calabarzon most densely populated regions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — The country’s population grew at a slower pace from 2015 to 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on Tuesday.

In a virtual briefing, National Statistician Dennis Mapa reported a population growth rate of 1.63% in 2020, with the population rising to 109.04 million from 100.98 million in census year 2015.

This is the second slowest rate recorded since the PSA began conducting the census in 1903, coming after the 1.53% figure logged in 2010, when the national population climbed to 92.33 million from 88.56 million in 2007.

Mapa also reported a population density of 363 persons per square kilometer in 2020, up from the 337 persons/sq.km. in 2015.

The National Capital Region was the most densely populated region in 2020, with a density of 21,765 persons/sq.km. Calabarzon and Central Luzon came next at 977 persons/sq.km. and 567 persons/sq.km., respectively.

These three regions are also the top most populous regions nationwide, with four out of 10 Filipinos residing in them. Calabarzon had a population of 16.19 million in 2020, Central Luzon had 13.48 million while Metro Manila had 12.42 million.

In terms of provinces, Cavite, Bulacan and Laguna were the most populated based on the latest census, with counts of 4.34 million, 3.7 million, and 3.38 million respectively.

Meanwhile, Quezon City topped the list of highly urbanized cities with the largest population count in 2020 at 2.96 million. The City of Manila came next at 1.84 million, City of Davao at 1.77 million, and City of Caloocan at 1.66 million.

The PSA reported 1,488 municipalities in 2020, with 25 of them recording a population of over 150,000.

Meanwhile, 42,046 barangays were recorded in last year’s census. The agency said 21 of these logged populations of more than 100,000.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed this month Proclamation No. 1179, declaring as official the 109 million population count for the Philippines as of May 2020 based on the recent census.