Monday, June 24, 2013
Population of Zamboanga City increased at the rate of 2.98 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), Zamboanga City, a highly urbanized city in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, posted a total population of 807,129 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 205,335 persons compared to its total population of 601,794 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 2.98 percent. This is lower than the 3.12 percent annual PGR of the city between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 2.98 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Zamboanga City would double in 24 years.
Forty years ago, the population of Zamboanga City was only 199,901 persons. This population size is one fourth of the population of the city in the 2010 CPH.
Talon-Talon was the most populous barangay
Among the 98 barangays comprising the city of Zamboanga, barangay Talon-Talon was the most populous with a population size making up 3.8 percent of the total population of the city. The barangay of Tetuan was second with 3.6 percent share, followed by the barangays Pasonanca and Baliwasan (3.4 percent each), San Roque (3.2 percent), Calarian and Tumaga (3.1 percent each), and San Jose Gusu (3.0 percent). The rest of barangays contributed less than 3.0 percent each.
The least populated barangay was Pangapuyan with 0.1 percent share to the total population of the city. It was also the least populated barangay in 2000.
Sex ratio was 100 males per 100 females
Of the 803,282 household population in 2010, males accounted for 50.1 percent while females comprised 49.9 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 100 males for every 100 females. In 2000, the sex ratio reported was the same as that in 2010.
Median age increased to 22.5 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the city was 22.5 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 22.5 years. This is higher than the median age of 20.9 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 34.5 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 0 to 4 years (11.9 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (11.5 percent) and 10 to 14 years (11.2 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 14 years and 40 to 59 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the age groups 15 to 39 years and 60 years and over.
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 58.9 percent of the household population of the city in 2010, up from 56.3 percent in 2000. There were more females (50.5 percent) than males (49.5 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 61 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 34.5 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 3.3 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 62.2 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 61, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 61 dependents (56 young dependents and five old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 67 dependents per 100 working-age population (62 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, 46.7 percent were married while 43.5 percent were never married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: widowed (4.2 percent), in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (4.1 percent), and divorced/separated (1.4 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 52.8 percent were males while 47.2 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, 37.9 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 26.5 percent had reached or finished high school, 11.8 percent were college undergraduates, and 11.5 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (53.3 percent) outnumbered the males (46.7 percent). Similarly, more females (52.4 percent) than males (47.6 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.2 percent of the population in the city
In 2010, around 9,500 persons or 1.2 percent of the 803,282 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is higher than the proportion in 2000, which was 0.6 percent of the 599,792 household population of the city during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 3,900.
More females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 708,090 household population five years and over, 2.9 percent (20,282 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 (53.1 percent) than males (46.9 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 20,282 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 72.9 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 22.3 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 15.9 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 12.4 percent had difficulty in communicating; 11.3 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; and 8.0 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 615,551 household population 10 years old and over in Zamboanga City, 1.4 percent (or 8,482 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 54.6 percent of all the overseas workers from this city. Overseas workers aged 30 to 34 years made up the largest age group, comprising 19.1 percent of the total overseas workers from this city in 2010, followed by the age groups 25 to 29 years (18.8 percent), 45 years and over (17.3 percent), and 35 to 39 years (15.3 percent).
Average household size was 4.6 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 175,050, higher by 57,898 households compared with the 117,152 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.6 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.1 persons in 2000.
There were 103 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 169,542 occupied housing units were recorded in Zamboanga City in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 103 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.2 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of strong materials increased
In 2010, 39.2 percent of the occupied housing units in the city had outer walls made of wood, down from 43.2 percent in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 16.9 percent in 2000 to 25.6 percent in 2010. Those with walls made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa decreased from 23.5 percent in 2000 to 20.6 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 70.0 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. This is higher than the proportion recorded in 2000 at 60.5 percent. The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw decreased from 28.4 percent in 2000 to 21.9 percent in 2010.
Majority of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 175,050 households, three in every five households (59.7 percent) owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 48.0 percent.
Moreover, 22.3 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 12.2 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 3.6 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA