Masbate

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Masbate
Typeprovince
Island groupLuzon
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
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 / km2 (557 / sq mi)

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. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 892,393. This represented 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 these figures, the population density is computed at 215 inhabitants per square kilometer or 557 inhabitants per square mile.

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

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Local government units

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

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Aroroymunicipality86,16876,1392.38%440.30 km2 (170.00 sq mi)196 / km2 (507 / sq mi)41
Balenomunicipality26,09624,4011.29%204.38 km2 (78.91 sq mi)128 / km2 (331 / sq mi)24
Baludmunicipality38,12435,8411.18%231.00 km2 (89.19 sq mi)165 / km2 (427 / sq mi)32
Batuanmunicipality15,08613,7641.76%56.28 km2 (21.73 sq mi)268 / km2 (694 / sq mi)14
Catainganmunicipality50,32749,0780.48%191.64 km2 (73.99 sq mi)263 / km2 (680 / sq mi)36
Cawayanmunicipality67,03363,1151.15%260.19 km2 (100.46 sq mi)258 / km2 (667 / sq mi)37
Claveriamunicipality43,69341,5720.95%182.98 km2 (70.65 sq mi)239 / km2 (618 / sq mi)22
Dimasalangmunicipality26,19225,2450.70%148.07 km2 (57.17 sq mi)177 / km2 (458 / sq mi)20
Esperanzamunicipality18,56817,3571.29%67.49 km2 (26.06 sq mi)275 / km2 (713 / sq mi)20
Mandaonmunicipality41,26238,1611.50%280.80 km2 (108.42 sq mi)147 / km2 (381 / sq mi)26
Masbate Citycity (CC), capital95,38985,2272.17%188.00 km2 (72.59 sq mi)507 / km2 (1,314 / sq mi)30
Milagrosmunicipality57,47352,6191.69%565.30 km2 (218.26 sq mi)102 / km2 (263 / sq mi)27
Mobomunicipality38,81334,8962.05%143.47 km2 (55.39 sq mi)271 / km2 (701 / sq mi)29
Monrealmunicipality26,61425,3660.92%128.67 km2 (49.68 sq mi)207 / km2 (536 / sq mi)11
Palanasmunicipality26,22225,5010.53%171.10 km2 (66.06 sq mi)153 / km2 (397 / sq mi)24
Pio V. Corpuzmunicipality23,23623,292-0.05%89.33 km2 (34.49 sq mi)260 / km2 (674 / sq mi)18
Placermunicipality55,82655,4380.13%193.03 km2 (74.53 sq mi)289 / km2 (749 / sq mi)35
San Fernandomunicipality23,05721,3091.51%77.50 km2 (29.92 sq mi)298 / km2 (771 / sq mi)26
San Jacintomunicipality30,37227,9741.58%122.40 km2 (47.26 sq mi)248 / km2 (643 / sq mi)21
San Pascualmunicipality46,67444,7530.80%246.65 km2 (95.23 sq mi)189 / km2 (490 / sq mi)22
Usonmunicipality56,16853,6020.89%163.20 km2 (63.01 sq mi)344 / km2 (891 / sq mi)35
Masbate Total892,393834,6501.28%4,151.78 km2 (1,603.01 sq mi)215 / km2 (557 / 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.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
43,675
67,5132.79%
182,4835.10%
211,1131.51%
335,9714.17%
492,9083.82%
533,3871.60%
584,5201.85%
599,3550.25%
653,8521.64%
707,6681.71%
768,9391.15%
834,6503.03%
892,3931.28%

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in Masbate as classified by the Department of Public Works and Highways are:

Secondary Roads

  • Buenavista-Kawayan Road
  • Capitol-Cadre Road
  • Junction Crossing-Mandaon Road
  • Junction Milagros-Baleno-Lagta Road
  • Junction Tawad-Balud Road
  • Lagta-Crossing Malinta Road
  • M.R. Espinosa Airport Road
  • Masbate-Cataingan-Placer Road
  • Masbate-Milagros Road
  • San Fernando North Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Asid-Cagay Road
  • Cataingan Poblacion Road
  • Masbate Circumferential Road
  • Masbate Port Road
  • Placer-Daraga Road
  • San Fernando-Talisay Road
  • San Pascual-Claveria Road

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 892,393, ranked 29 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,603.01 square kilometers, ranked 31 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 215 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 39 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.28%, ranked 45 out of 81

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.
  3. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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