Masbate

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Masbate
Island groupLuzon
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
CapitalMasbate City
Total local government units
Cities1
Municipalities20
Barangays550
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea, Samar Sea, Burias Pass, Ticao Pass
Area (2007)4,151.78 km2
(1,603.01 sq. mi)
Population (2015)892,393
Density (2015)215 per km2
(557 per sq. mi)
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Masbate is a province in the Philippines situated in the Bicol Region occupying the southeastern peninsula of Luzon and the outlying island provinces of Masbate and Catanduanes.. Its capital is the City of Masbate.

The province has a land area of 4,151.78 square kilometers or 1,603.01 square miles. The 2015 Census records its population as 892,393 representing 15.39% of the total population of the Bicol Region, 1.55% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 0.88% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on such figures, the population density is computed at 215 inhabitants per square kilometer or 557 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

Masbate is bordered, clockwise from the North, by Burias Pass, Ticao Pass, Samar Sea, Asid Gulf, the Sibuyan Sea, and Ragay Gulf.

Local government units

Masbate has 20 municipalities and 1 city. The total number of barangays in the province is 550.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Aroroymun86,168
(9.66%)
76,1392.38%440.30 km2
(170.00 sq mi)
196 per km2
(507 per sq mi)
41
Balenomun26,096
(2.92%)
24,4011.29%204.38 km2
(78.91 sq mi)
128 per km2
(331 per sq mi)
24
Baludmun38,124
(4.27%)
35,8411.18%231.00 km2
(89.19 sq mi)
165 per km2
(427 per sq mi)
32
Batuanmun15,086
(1.69%)
13,7641.76%56.28 km2
(21.73 sq mi)
268 per km2
(694 per sq mi)
14
Catainganmun50,327
(5.64%)
49,0780.48%191.64 km2
(73.99 sq mi)
263 per km2
(680 per sq mi)
36
Cawayanmun67,033
(7.51%)
63,1151.15%260.19 km2
(100.46 sq mi)
258 per km2
(667 per sq mi)
37
Claveriamun43,693
(4.90%)
41,5720.95%182.98 km2
(70.65 sq mi)
239 per km2
(618 per sq mi)
22
Dimasalangmun26,192
(2.94%)
25,2450.70%148.07 km2
(57.17 sq mi)
177 per km2
(458 per sq mi)
20
Esperanzamun18,568
(2.08%)
17,3571.29%67.49 km2
(26.06 sq mi)
275 per km2
(713 per sq mi)
20
Mandaonmun41,262
(4.62%)
38,1611.50%280.80 km2
(108.42 sq mi)
147 per km2
(381 per sq mi)
26
Masbate Citycity (CC), capital95,389
(10.69%)
85,2272.17%188.00 km2
(72.59 sq mi)
507 per km2
(1,314 per sq mi)
30
Milagrosmun57,473
(6.44%)
52,6191.69%565.30 km2
(218.26 sq mi)
102 per km2
(263 per sq mi)
27
Mobomun38,813
(4.35%)
34,8962.05%143.47 km2
(55.39 sq mi)
271 per km2
(701 per sq mi)
29
Monrealmun26,614
(2.98%)
25,3660.92%128.67 km2
(49.68 sq mi)
207 per km2
(536 per sq mi)
11
Palanasmun26,222
(2.94%)
25,5010.53%171.10 km2
(66.06 sq mi)
153 per km2
(397 per sq mi)
24
Pio V. Corpuzmun23,236
(2.60%)
23,292-0.05%89.33 km2
(34.49 sq mi)
260 per km2
(674 per sq mi)
18
Placermun55,826
(6.26%)
55,4380.13%193.03 km2
(74.53 sq mi)
289 per km2
(749 per sq mi)
35
San Fernandomun23,057
(2.58%)
21,3091.51%77.50 km2
(29.92 sq mi)
298 per km2
(771 per sq mi)
26
San Jacintomun30,372
(3.40%)
27,9741.58%122.40 km2
(47.26 sq mi)
248 per km2
(643 per sq mi)
21
San Pascualmun46,674
(5.23%)
44,7530.80%246.65 km2
(95.23 sq mi)
189 per km2
(490 per sq mi)
22
Usonmun56,168
(6.29%)
53,6020.89%163.20 km2
(63.01 sq mi)
344 per km2
(891 per sq mi)
35
Masbate Total892,393834,6501.28%4,151.78 km2
(1,603.01 sq mi)
215 per km2
(557 per sq mi)
550
Historical population

The population of Masbate grew from 335,971 in 1960 to 892,393 in 2015, an increase of 556,422 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.28%, or an increase of 57,743 people, from the previous population of 834,650 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 243,675
1918 Dec 3167,5132.79%
1939 Jan 1182,4835.10%
1948 Oct 1211,1131.51%
1960 Feb 15335,9714.17%
1970 May 6492,9083.82%
1975 May 1533,3871.60%
1980 May 1584,5201.85%
1990 May 1599,3550.25%
1995 Sep 1653,8521.64%
2000 May 1707,6681.71%
2007 Aug 1768,9391.15%
2010 May 1834,6503.03%
2015 Aug 1892,3931.28%

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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