Sulu

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Sulu
Typeprovince
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Cities0
Municipalities19
Barangays410
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Celebes Sea
Area (2007)3,436.99 km2 (1,327.03 sq mi)
Population (2015)824,731
Density (2015)240 / km2 (621 / sq mi)

Sulu is a province in the Philippines situated in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao occupying the Sulu Archipelago and the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in central Mindanao. Its capital is the Municipality of Jolo.

The province has a land area of 3,436.99 square kilometers or 1,327.03 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 824,731. This represented 21.81% of the total population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 3.42% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.82% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 240 inhabitants per square kilometer or 621 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

Sulu is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Sulu Sea, and Celebes Sea.

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Local government units

Sulu has 19 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 410.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Banguinguimunicipality24,16117,8025.99%352.59 km2 (136.14 sq mi)69 / km2 (177 / sq mi)14
Hadji Panglima Tahilmunicipality6,3755,8501.65%67.90 km2 (26.22 sq mi)94 / km2 (243 / sq mi)5
Indananmunicipality80,88365,8583.99%170.72 km2 (65.92 sq mi)474 / km2 (1,227 / sq mi)34
Jolomunicipality, capital125,564118,3071.14%126.40 km2 (48.80 sq mi)993 / km2 (2,573 / sq mi)8
Kalingalan Caluangmunicipality31,56726,8483.13%166.50 km2 (64.29 sq mi)190 / km2 (491 / sq mi)9
Lugusmunicipality21,89719,8391.90%133.04 km2 (51.37 sq mi)165 / km2 (426 / sq mi)17
Luukmunicipality32,16229,8971.40%313.04 km2 (120.87 sq mi)103 / km2 (266 / sq mi)12
Maimbungmunicipality37,91428,4455.62%77.50 km2 (29.92 sq mi)489 / km2 (1,267 / sq mi)27
Old Panamaomunicipality40,99837,9331.49%107.57 km2 (41.53 sq mi)381 / km2 (987 / sq mi)31
Omarmunicipality25,11618,0986.44%no datano data8
Pandamimunicipality25,88522,4742.73%170.89 km2 (65.98 sq mi)151 / km2 (392 / sq mi)16
Panglima Estinomunicipality28,81727,7240.74%125.10 km2 (48.30 sq mi)230 / km2 (597 / sq mi)12
Pangutaranmunicipality30,61328,4611.40%258.10 km2 (99.65 sq mi)119 / km2 (307 / sq mi)16
Parangmunicipality62,17258,0281.32%258.00 km2 (99.61 sq mi)241 / km2 (624 / sq mi)40
Patamunicipality22,16314,9187.83%116.99 km2 (45.17 sq mi)189 / km2 (491 / sq mi)14
Patikulmunicipality62,28742,0367.77%330.04 km2 (127.43 sq mi)189 / km2 (489 / sq mi)30
Siasimunicipality67,70564,2291.01%192.87 km2 (74.47 sq mi)351 / km2 (909 / sq mi)50
Talipaomunicipality80,25575,1731.25%380.57 km2 (146.94 sq mi)211 / km2 (546 / sq mi)52
Tapulmunicipality18,19716,3702.03%89.17 km2 (34.43 sq mi)204 / km2 (529 / sq mi)15
Sulu Total824,731718,2902.67%3,436.99 km2 (1,327.03 sq mi)240 / km2 (621 / sq mi)410

Historical population

The population of Sulu grew from 248,304 in 1960 to 824,731 in 2015, an increase of 576,427 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.67%, or an increase of 106,441 people, from the previous population of 718,290 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
73,914
127,9773.53%
201,3482.29%
182,295-1.01%
248,3042.75%
315,4212.37%
240,001-5.34%
360,5888.48%
469,9712.69%
536,2012.50%
619,6683.15%
849,6704.45%
718,290-5.93%
824,7312.67%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 824,731, ranked 33 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,327.03 square kilometers, ranked 40 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 240 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 35 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.67%, ranked 5 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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