Tawi-Tawi

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Tawi-Tawi
Typeprovince
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Cities0
Municipalities11
Barangays203
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Celebes Sea
Area (2007)3,626.55 km2 (1,400.22 sq mi)
Population (2015)390,715
Density (2015)108 / km2 (279 / sq mi)

Tawi‑Tawi 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 Bongao.

The province has a land area of 3,626.55 square kilometers or 1,400.22 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 390,715. This represented 10.33% of the total population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 1.62% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.39% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 108 inhabitants per square kilometer or 279 inhabitants per square mile.

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

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Local government units

Tawi-Tawi has 11 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 203.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Bongaomunicipality, capital100,52779,3624.60%365.95 km2 (141.29 sq mi)275 / km2 (711 / sq mi)35
Languyanmunicipality33,49442,690-4.51%581.20 km2 (224.40 sq mi)58 / km2 (149 / sq mi)20
Mapunmunicipality26,59724,1681.84%181.29 km2 (70.00 sq mi)147 / km2 (380 / sq mi)15
Panglima Sugalamunicipality44,18438,7042.55%416.66 km2 (160.87 sq mi)106 / km2 (275 / sq mi)17
Sapa-Sapamunicipality30,91728,7811.37%235.61 km2 (90.97 sq mi)131 / km2 (340 / sq mi)23
Sibutumunicipality30,38728,5321.21%no datano data16
Simunulmunicipality31,22334,538-1.90%167.25 km2 (64.58 sq mi)187 / km2 (483 / sq mi)15
Sitangkaimunicipality33,33430,5141.70%792.00 km2 (305.79 sq mi)42 / km2 (109 / sq mi)9
South Ubianmunicipality25,93527,741-1.27%272.04 km2 (105.04 sq mi)95 / km2 (247 / sq mi)31
Tandubasmunicipality29,39027,7481.10%552.05 km2 (213.15 sq mi)53 / km2 (138 / sq mi)20
Turtle Islandsmunicipality4,7273,7724.39%62.50 km2 (24.13 sq mi)76 / km2 (196 / sq mi)2
Tawi-Tawi Total390,715366,5501.22%3,626.55 km2 (1,400.22 sq mi)108 / km2 (279 / sq mi)203

Historical population

The population of Tawi-Tawi grew from 78,594 in 1960 to 390,715 in 2015, an increase of 312,121 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.22%, or an increase of 24,165 people, from the previous population of 366,550 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
16,675
44,7996.44%
45,7690.11%
58,5312.56%
78,5942.63%
110,1963.36%
143,4875.44%
194,6516.29%
228,2041.60%
250,7181.78%
322,3175.53%
450,3464.72%
366,550-7.22%
390,7151.22%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 390,715, ranked 62 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,400.22 square kilometers, ranked 36 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 108 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 66 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.22%, ranked 51 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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