Davao City most populated among 27 Mindanao provinces and 33 cities

Among the provinces, Bukidnon has the highest population at 1,190,284, although that is still lower than Davao City’s. Only three Mindanao provinces have a population of over a million each: Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur and North Cotabato.

Conducted by the National Statistics Office, Popcen 2007 has placed the Philippine population at 88,574,614 persons as of August 1, 2007.  The results were made official with the signing by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Proclamation No. 1489 last April 16.

Of 88.57 million Filipinos, 23.59 million are in Mindanao.

MindaNews collated the regional reports of the Mindanao portion of the 2007 Census and came up with the following Top 10 cities and Top 10 provinces in Mindanao:

The Top 10 Cities are Davao (1.36M), Zamboanga (774,407), Cagayan de Oro (553,966), General Santos (529,542), Iligan (308,046), Butuan (297,378), Cotabato (257,997),  Tagum (215,967), Marawi (177,391) and Valencia (162,745).

The least populated Mindanao City is El Salvador (41,905) in Misamis Oriental, one of six newly-created cities and one of the subjects of protest by the League of Cities of the Philippines.

Davao City’s barangays Buhangin Poblacion, Talomo Poblacion and Sasa have higher population than El Salvador City, with at least 50,000 each.

The Top 10 Provinces are Bukidnon (1.19 M), Lanao del Sur (1,138,544),  North Cotabato (1,121,974),  Zamboanga del Sur (914,278), Zamboanga del Norte (907,238),  Sulu (849,670), Davao del Norte (847,440), Davao del Sur (822,406),  South Cotabato (767,254) and Misamis Oriental (748,885).

Among the five island provinces (Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Camiguin, Dinagat), Sulu has the highest population.

Overall, Camiguin Island has the least population among the 27 provinces, at 81,293.

The cities ranked from 11th to 33rd and their population:
11. Pagadian                   161,312
12. Panabo                     154,329
13. Koronadal                 149,622
14. Digos                        145,514
15. Malaybalay                144,065
16. Surigao                     132,151
17. Ozamiz                     123,137
18. Mati                          122,046
19. Kidapawan                117,610
20. Dipolog                     113,118
21. Gingoog                    112,247
22. Bislig                        102,009
23. Bayugan                      95,032
24. Island Garden City
of Samal                      90,291
25. Isabela                         87,985
26. Tacurong                     82,546
27. Lamitan                       82,074
28. Dapitan                        72,792
29. Oroquieta                    65,349
30. Cabadbaran                 61,564
31. Tangub                        56,644
32. Tandag                        50,459
33. El Salvador                  41,905

The provinces ranked 11th to 27th and their population:
11. Maguindanao              710,829
12. Sultan Kudarat            675,644
13. Compostela Valley       637,366
14.Agusan del Sur             609,447
15. Shariff Kabunsuan        562,886
16. Zamboanga Sibugay     546,186
17. Surigao del Sur            541,347
18. Lanao del Norte           538,283
19. Misamis Occidental       531,680
20. Davao Oriental            486,104
21. Sarangani                   474,514
22. Tawi-tawi                    450,346
23. Surigao del Norte         409,468
24. Basilan                        408,520
25. Agusan del Norte          314,027
26. Dinagat Islands            120,813
27. Camiguin                      81,293

Overall, Camiguin is the third least populated area in the country. Batanes has a population of only 16,000 and Siquijor has 81,000, the NSO reported. (Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews)

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