Bicol Region (Region V)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Bicol Region
Typeregion
Island groupLuzon
Provinces6
Cities7
Municipalities107
Barangays3,471
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Sibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea, Masbate Pass, Ticao Pass, Burias Pass, San Bernardino Strait
Population (2015)5,796,989

The Bicol Region, officially designated as Region V, is an administrative region in the Philippines grouped under the Luzon island group. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. The regional center is the City of Legazpi.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 5,796,989. This represented 10.09% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 5.74% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Bicol Region is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by the Philippine Sea, San Bernardino Strait, Samar Sea, Visayan Sea, Asid Gulf, Sibuyan Sea, Ragay Gulf, and CALABARZON.

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Map of Bicol RegionMap of Bicol Region highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesAlbayCamarines NorteCamarines SurCatanduanesMasbateSorsogonLegazpi, the regional center

Local government units

Bicol Region has 6 provinces, 107 municipalities, and 7 cities. The total number of barangays in the region is 3,471.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)City countMun countBrgy count
Albayprovince1,314,8261,233,4321.22%2,575.77 km2 (994.51 sq mi)510 / km2 (1,322 / sq mi)315720
Camarines Norteprovince583,313542,9151.38%2,320.07 km2 (895.78 sq mi)251 / km2 (651 / sq mi)012282
Camarines Surprovince1,952,5441,822,3711.32%5,497.03 km2 (2,122.42 sq mi)355 / km2 (920 / sq mi)2351,063
Catanduanesprovince260,964246,3001.11%1,492.16 km2 (576.13 sq mi)175 / km2 (453 / sq mi)011315
Masbateprovince892,393834,6501.28%4,151.78 km2 (1,603.01 sq mi)215 / km2 (557 / sq mi)120550
Sorsogonprovince792,949740,7431.31%2,119.01 km2 (818.15 sq mi)374 / km2 (969 / sq mi)114541
Bicol Region Total5,796,9895,420,4111.29%no datano data71073,471

Historical population

The population of Bicol Region grew from 2,362,707 in 1960 to 5,796,989 in 2015, an increase of 3,434,282 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.29%, or an increase of 376,578 people, from the previous population of 5,420,411 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
643,901
840,0041.69%
1,346,6202.39%
1,666,4592.21%
2,362,7073.12%
2,966,8812.25%
3,193,7211.49%
3,476,9821.71%
3,910,0011.18%
4,325,3071.91%
4,686,6691.74%
5,106,1601.19%
5,420,4112.20%
5,796,9891.29%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 5,796,989, ranked 6 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.29%, ranked 11 out of 17

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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