Camarines Sur population nears 2 Million

(Results from the 2015 Census of Population)

Population of Camarines Sur increases by 130,173 persons

Based on the 2015 Census of Population (2015 POPCEN), the province of Camarines Sur posted a total population of 1,952,544 persons as of August 1, 2015.  This is larger by 130,173 persons compared to its total population of 1,822,371 persons counted in 2010.  The increase in the population count from 2010 to 2015 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.32 percent.   This is lower than the 1.62 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 2000 and 2010.

The population of Camarines Sur would double in 53 years if the average annual PGR recorded at 1.32 percent during the period 2010 to 2015 continues.

Fifty-five years ago, the population of Camarines Sur was only 819,565 persons.  This population size only 42 percent of the population of the province in the 2015 POPCEN.

Camarines Sur ranks 11th most populous province in the Philippines

With 1,952,544 total population in 2015, Camarines Sur ranked 11th as most populous among the 81 provinces in the country.   Camarines Sur joined 26 other provinces with over 1 million population.

Naga City is the most populous

Among the two cities and 35 municipalities comprising the province of Camarines Sur, Naga City was the most populous with a population size making up 10 percent of the total provincial population.  Iriga City was second with 5.7 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Libmanan with 5.6 percent, Pili, the provincial capital, with 4.6 percent, Nabua and Calabanga with 4.3 percent share each, and Buhi with 4.0 percent.  The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 4.0 percent each.

The combined population of Naga City, Iriga City, and Libmanan (the Hundred Thousand Club) make up 21.3 percent of the total provincial population with Naga City having the biggest share at 10 percent.

The municipalities of Gainza, Bombon, Siruma, and Cabusao make up 3.3 percent of the total provincial population,  registering a total population of less than 20,000 each, with Gainza as the least populous area with only 11,262 persons.

Sex ratio is at 104 males per 100 females

Of the 1,947.487 household population in 2015, males accounted for 51 percent while females comprised 49 percent.  These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 104 males for every 100 females, which is similar to the sex ratio recorded in 2010.

Median age increases to 21.6 years

In 2015, the median age of the population of the province was 21.6 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.6 years.  This is higher than the median age of 20.7 years that was recorded in 2010.

Moreover, two in every five persons (36.3 percent) were under 15 years old.  Children aged 10 to 14 years (12.3 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (12.2 percent) and 0 to 4 years (11.8 percent).  Males (51.7 percent) outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 49 years.  On the other hand, there were more females (53.1 percent) than males in the older age groups (50 years and over).

More than half of the population are of voting age

The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 1,104,260 or 56.7 percent of the household population of the province in 2015, up from 55.2 percent in 2010.  There were more males (50.2 percent) than females (49.8 percent) among the voting-age population.

Dependency ratio decreases to 70 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group

In 2015, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 36.4 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 5.0 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 58.6 percent.

The overall dependency ratio was 70, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 70 dependents (62 young dependents and 8 old dependents).  This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2010, which was recorded at 74 dependents per 100 working-age population (66 young dependents and eight old dependents).

Senior citizens constitute 7.6 percent of the household population

People who are regarded as senior citizen are those aged 60 years old and over.  In Camarines Sur, they made up 7.6 percent of the 1,947,487 household population in 2015.  Among the senior citizens, females (55.8 percent) outnumbered the males (44.2 percent).

One elderly for every five children below 15 years

In Camarines Sur, the ageing index or the proportion of persons aged 60 years and over per 100 persons under the age of 15 years was computed at 20.9 percent in 2015.  This means that there is one person aged 60 years and over for every five children under 15 years old.

There are more males than females among the never-married persons

Of the household population 10 years old and over, 46.5 percent were never married while 38.5 percent were married.  The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (9.2 percent), widowed (4.7 percent), and divorced/separated (1.1 percent).

Among the never-married persons, 55.1 percent were males while 44.9 percent were females.  For the rest of the categories for marital status, the females outnumbered the males.

Two in every five household population are of school age

In 2015, the school-age population (5 to 24 years old) in the Camarines Sur comprised 43.8 percent or 853,747 of the 1,947,487 household population.  In 2010, the school-age population was 44.9 percent of the 1,816,699  household population.  Of the population who were of school age, the males made up 51.8 percent, while the females, 48.2 percent.

More females had attained higher levels of education

Of the household population aged five years and over, 40.2 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 35.2 percent had reached or finished high school, 8.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 8.1 percent were academic degree holders. 

Among those with an academic degree, the females (59.6 percent) outnumbered the males (40.4 percent).  Similarly, more females (65.2 percent) than males (34.8 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.

Female overseas workers outnumber their male counterparts

Of the 1,238,185 household population 15 years old and over in Camarines Sur in 2015, 2.2 percent (or 26,916 persons) were overseas workers.  Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 50.2 percent of all the overseas workers from this province.  

Overseas workers aged 45 years and over made up the largest age group, comprising 21.6 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2015, followed by the age groups 30 to 34 years (19.6 percent), 25 to 29 years (19.4 percent), and 35 to 39 years (17.9 percent).

Average household size is 4.9 persons

The number of households in 2015 was recorded at 400,615, higher by 36,143 households compared with the 364,472 households posted in 2010.  The  average household size in 2015 was 4.9 persons, slightly lower than the average household size of 5.0 persons in 2010.

More than half of the population 15 years old and over are gainful workers

In 2015, 56 percent of Camarines Sur population who are 15 years old and over are gainful workers,(those who work for pay, work for profit, or work without pay on own farm or business).About 29 percent of the gainful workers are into elementary occupations, followed by the skilled agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers at 20 percent, and the service and sales workers at about  14 percent.

Camarines Sur is Predominantly Roman Catholic

In 2015, Camarines Sur is predominantly Roman Catholic with about 94 percent of its population belonging to said religious affiliation.



Chief Statistical Specialist