Sulu

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Sulu
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
CapitalJolo
Total local government units
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 per km2
(621 per sq. mi)
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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. The 2015 Census records its population as 824,731 representing 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 such 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.

Local government units

Sulu has 19 municipalities and 0 cities. The total number of barangays in the province is 410.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Banguinguimun24,161
(2.93%)
17,8025.99%352.59 km2
(136.14 sq mi)
69 per km2
(177 per sq mi)
14
Hadji Panglima Tahilmun6,375
(0.77%)
5,8501.65%67.90 km2
(26.22 sq mi)
94 per km2
(243 per sq mi)
5
Indananmun80,883
(9.81%)
65,8583.99%170.72 km2
(65.92 sq mi)
474 per km2
(1,227 per sq mi)
34
Jolomun, capital125,564
(15.22%)
118,3071.14%126.40 km2
(48.80 sq mi)
993 per km2
(2,573 per sq mi)
8
Kalingalan Caluangmun31,567
(3.83%)
26,8483.13%166.50 km2
(64.29 sq mi)
190 per km2
(491 per sq mi)
9
Lugusmun21,897
(2.66%)
19,8391.90%133.04 km2
(51.37 sq mi)
165 per km2
(426 per sq mi)
17
Luukmun32,162
(3.90%)
29,8971.40%313.04 km2
(120.87 sq mi)
103 per km2
(266 per sq mi)
12
Maimbungmun37,914
(4.60%)
28,4455.62%77.50 km2
(29.92 sq mi)
489 per km2
(1,267 per sq mi)
27
Old Panamaomun40,998
(4.97%)
37,9331.49%107.57 km2
(41.53 sq mi)
381 per km2
(987 per sq mi)
31
Omarmun25,116
(3.05%)
18,0986.44%no datano data8
Pandamimun25,885
(3.14%)
22,4742.73%170.89 km2
(65.98 sq mi)
151 per km2
(392 per sq mi)
16
Panglima Estinomun28,817
(3.49%)
27,7240.74%125.10 km2
(48.30 sq mi)
230 per km2
(597 per sq mi)
12
Pangutaranmun30,613
(3.71%)
28,4611.40%258.10 km2
(99.65 sq mi)
119 per km2
(307 per sq mi)
16
Parangmun62,172
(7.54%)
58,0281.32%258.00 km2
(99.61 sq mi)
241 per km2
(624 per sq mi)
40
Patamun22,163
(2.69%)
14,9187.83%116.99 km2
(45.17 sq mi)
189 per km2
(491 per sq mi)
14
Patikulmun62,287
(7.55%)
42,0367.77%330.04 km2
(127.43 sq mi)
189 per km2
(489 per sq mi)
30
Siasimun67,705
(8.21%)
64,2291.01%192.87 km2
(74.47 sq mi)
351 per km2
(909 per sq mi)
50
Talipaomun80,255
(9.73%)
75,1731.25%380.57 km2
(146.94 sq mi)
211 per km2
(546 per sq mi)
52
Tapulmun18,197
(2.21%)
16,3702.03%89.17 km2
(34.43 sq mi)
204 per km2
(529 per sq mi)
15
Sulu Total824,731718,2902.67%3,436.99 km2
(1,327.03 sq mi)
240 per km2
(621 per 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.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 273,914
1918 Dec 31127,9773.53%
1939 Jan 1201,3482.29%
1948 Oct 1182,295-1.01%
1960 Feb 15248,3042.75%
1970 May 6315,4212.37%
1975 May 1240,001-5.34%
1980 May 1360,5888.48%
1990 May 1469,9712.69%
1995 Sep 1536,2012.50%
2000 May 1619,6683.15%
2007 Aug 1849,6704.45%
2010 May 1718,290-5.93%
2015 Aug 1824,7312.67%

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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