Province of Batanes

Summary data
Island groupLuzon
RegionCagayan Valley (Region II)
Barangay count4
Postal code3901
Marine waterbodiesSouth China Sea, Luzon Strait
Area (2007)12.90 km2
(4.98 sq. mi)
Population (2015)1,555
Density (2015)121 per km2
(312 per sq. mi)
Coordinates20° 25' North, 121° 57' East
(20.4158 ° N, 121.9479 ° E)
Estimated elevation
above sea level
11.0 meters
(36.1 feet)
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Mahatao is a coastal municipality in the island province of Batanes.

The municipality has a land area of 12.90 square kilometers or 4.98 square miles which constitutes 5.89% of Batanes's total area. The 2015 Census records its population as 1,555 representing 9.02% of the total population of Batanes province, or 0.05% of the overall population of the Cagayan Valley region. Based on such figures, the population density is computed at 121 inhabitants per square kilometer or 312 inhabitants per square mile.

Demographic profile of barangays

Mahatao has 4 barangays as shown in the following table.



Growth Rate
Mahatao Total1,5551,583-1.77%-0.34%
Historical population

The population of Mahatao grew from 1,242 in 1960 to 1,555 in 2015, an increase of 313 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a negative growth rate of 0.34%, or a decrease of 28 people, from the previous population of 1,583 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1960 Feb 151,242
1970 May 61,4751.70%
1975 May 11,4760.01%
1980 May 11,388-1.22%
1990 May 11,7242.19%
1995 Sep 11,556-1.90%
2000 May 11,8954.32%
2007 Aug 11,539-2.83%
2010 May 11,5831.03%
2015 Aug 11,555-0.34%

The town center of Mahatao is situated at approximately 20° 25' North, 121° 57' East, which has an elevation estimated at 11.0 meters or 36.1 feet above mean sea level.


Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Mahatao are Laoag, Batac, Tuguegarao, Tabuk, Vigan, and Ilagan. The nearest municipalities are Basco, Ivana, Uyugan, Sabtang, Itbayat, and Calayan. Its distance from the national capital is 652.84 kilometers (405.66 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

Nearest towns

  • Basco, Batanes, 4.49 kilometers (2.79 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N30°E)
  • Ivana, Batanes, 6.07 kilometers (3.77 miles) to the Southwest (S35°W)
  • Uyugan, Batanes, 7.37 kilometers (4.58 miles) to the South (S7°W)
  • Sabtang, Batanes, 12.07 kilometers (7.50 miles) to the Southwest (S40°W)
  • Itbayat, Batanes, 42.46 kilometers (26.38 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N15°W)
  • Calayan, Cagayan, 136.98 kilometers (85.11 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S21°W)

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 652.84 kilometers (405.66 miles) to the South (S9°W)


  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Postal codes are from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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