Palawan

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Palawan
Island groupLuzon
RegionMIMAROPA
CapitalPuerto Princesa
Total local government units
Highly urbanized cities1
Cities0
Municipalities23
Barangays [note]433
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSouth China Sea, Sulu Sea, Balabac Strait, Mindoro Strait
Area (2007) [note]14,649.73 km2
(5,656.29 sq. mi)
Population (2015) [note]849,469
Density (2015) [note]58 per km2
(150 per sq. mi)
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[note] Figures exclude highly urbanized cities

Palawan is a province in the Philippines situated in the MIMAROPA region grouped under the Luzon island group.

The province has a land area of 14,649.73 square kilometers or 5,656.29 square miles. The 2015 Census records its population as 849,469 representing 28.67% of the total population of the MIMAROPA region, 1.48% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 0.84% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on such figures, the population density is computed at 58 inhabitants per square kilometer or 150 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

Palawan is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Mindoro Strait, Sulu Sea, Balabac Strait, and South China Sea.

Local government units

Palawan has 23 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 433. The City of Puerto Princesa serves as the provincial capital, although it is administratively independent due to its distinction as a highly urbanized city.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Aborlanmun35,091
(4.13%)
32,2091.65%807.33 km2
(311.71 sq mi)
43 per km2
(113 per sq mi)
19
Agutayamun12,545
(1.48%)
11,9061.00%37.31 km2
(14.41 sq mi)
336 per km2
(871 per sq mi)
10
Aracelimun14,909
(1.76%)
14,1131.05%204.30 km2
(78.88 sq mi)
73 per km2
(189 per sq mi)
13
Balabacmun40,142
(4.73%)
35,7582.23%581.60 km2
(224.56 sq mi)
69 per km2
(179 per sq mi)
20
Batarazamun75,468
(8.88%)
63,6443.30%726.20 km2
(280.39 sq mi)
104 per km2
(269 per sq mi)
22
Brooke's Pointmun66,374
(7.81%)
61,3011.53%1,303.40 km2
(503.25 sq mi)
51 per km2
(132 per sq mi)
18
Busuangamun22,046
(2.60%)
21,3580.61%392.90 km2
(151.70 sq mi)
56 per km2
(145 per sq mi)
14
Cagayancillomun6,285
(0.74%)
7,116-2.34%26.39 km2
(10.19 sq mi)
238 per km2
(617 per sq mi)
12
Coronmun51,803
(6.10%)
42,9413.64%689.10 km2
(266.06 sq mi)
75 per km2
(195 per sq mi)
23
Culionmun20,139
(2.37%)
19,5430.57%499.59 km2
(192.89 sq mi)
40 per km2
(104 per sq mi)
14
Cuyomun22,360
(2.63%)
21,8470.44%84.95 km2
(32.80 sq mi)
263 per km2
(682 per sq mi)
17
Dumaranmun23,734
(2.79%)
21,3971.99%435.00 km2
(167.95 sq mi)
55 per km2
(141 per sq mi)
16
El Nidomun41,606
(4.90%)
36,1912.69%923.26 km2
(356.47 sq mi)
45 per km2
(117 per sq mi)
18
Kalayaanmun184
(0.02%)
222-3.51%290.00 km2
(111.97 sq mi)
1 per km2
(2 per sq mi)
1
Linapacanmun15,668
(1.84%)
14,1801.92%195.44 km2
(75.46 sq mi)
80 per km2
(208 per sq mi)
10
Magsaysaymun12,196
(1.44%)
11,9650.36%49.48 km2
(19.10 sq mi)
246 per km2
(639 per sq mi)
11
Narramun73,212
(8.62%)
65,2642.21%831.73 km2
(321.13 sq mi)
88 per km2
(228 per sq mi)
23
Puerto Princesacity (HUC), capital255,116
(–)
222,6732.62%2,381.02 km2
(919.32 sq mi)
107 per km2
(278 per sq mi)
66
Quezonmun60,980
(7.18%)
55,1421.93%943.19 km2
(364.17 sq mi)
65 per km2
(167 per sq mi)
14
Rizalmun50,096
(5.90%)
42,7593.06%1,256.47 km2
(485.13 sq mi)
40 per km2
(103 per sq mi)
11
Roxasmun65,358
(7.69%)
61,0581.30%1,177.56 km2
(454.66 sq mi)
56 per km2
(144 per sq mi)
31
San Vicentemun31,232
(3.68%)
30,9190.19%1,462.94 km2
(564.84 sq mi)
21 per km2
(55 per sq mi)
10
Sofronio Españolamun32,876
(3.87%)
29,9971.76%473.91 km2
(182.98 sq mi)
69 per km2
(180 per sq mi)
9
Taytaymun75,165
(8.85%)
70,8371.14%1,257.68 km2
(485.59 sq mi)
60 per km2
(155 per sq mi)
31
Palawan Total [1]849,469771,6671.85%14,649.73 km2
(5,656.29 sq mi)
58 per km2
(150 per sq mi)
433
  1. [1]Totals exclude the highly urbanized city of Puerto Princesa
Historical population

The population of Palawan grew from 139,544 in 1960 to 849,469 in 2015, an increase of 709,925 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.85%, or an increase of 77,802 people, from the previous population of 771,667 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 235,696
1918 Dec 3169,0534.25%
1939 Jan 193,6731.54%
1948 Oct 1106,2691.30%
1960 Feb 15139,5442.42%
1970 May 6198,8613.53%
1975 May 1254,3565.06%
1980 May 1311,5484.14%
1990 May 1436,1403.42%
1995 Sep 1510,9093.01%
2000 May 1593,5003.27%
2007 Aug 1682,1521.94%
2010 May 1771,6674.59%
2015 Aug 1849,4691.85%

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
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