Tawi-Tawi

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Tawi-Tawi
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
CapitalBongao
Total local government units
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 per km2
(279 per sq. mi)
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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. The 2015 Census records its population as 390,715 representing 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 such figures, the population density is computed at 108 inhabitants per square kilometer or 279 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

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

Local government units

Tawi-Tawi has 11 municipalities and 0 cities. The total number of barangays in the province is 203.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Bongaomun, capital100,527
(25.73%)
79,3624.60%365.95 km2
(141.29 sq mi)
275 per km2
(711 per sq mi)
35
Languyanmun33,494
(8.57%)
42,690-4.51%581.20 km2
(224.40 sq mi)
58 per km2
(149 per sq mi)
20
Mapunmun26,597
(6.81%)
24,1681.84%181.29 km2
(70.00 sq mi)
147 per km2
(380 per sq mi)
15
Panglima Sugalamun44,184
(11.31%)
38,7042.55%416.66 km2
(160.87 sq mi)
106 per km2
(275 per sq mi)
17
Sapa-Sapamun30,917
(7.91%)
28,7811.37%235.61 km2
(90.97 sq mi)
131 per km2
(340 per sq mi)
23
Sibutumun30,387
(7.78%)
28,5321.21%no datano data16
Simunulmun31,223
(7.99%)
34,538-1.90%167.25 km2
(64.58 sq mi)
187 per km2
(483 per sq mi)
15
Sitangkaimun33,334
(8.53%)
30,5141.70%792.00 km2
(305.79 sq mi)
42 per km2
(109 per sq mi)
9
South Ubianmun25,935
(6.64%)
27,741-1.27%272.04 km2
(105.04 sq mi)
95 per km2
(247 per sq mi)
31
Tandubasmun29,390
(7.52%)
27,7481.10%552.05 km2
(213.15 sq mi)
53 per km2
(138 per sq mi)
20
Turtle Islandsmun4,727
(1.21%)
3,7724.39%62.50 km2
(24.13 sq mi)
76 per km2
(196 per sq mi)
2
Tawi-Tawi Total390,715366,5501.22%3,626.55 km2
(1,400.22 sq mi)
108 per km2
(279 per 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.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 216,675
1918 Dec 3144,7996.44%
1939 Jan 145,7690.11%
1948 Oct 158,5312.56%
1960 Feb 1578,5942.63%
1970 May 6110,1963.36%
1975 May 1143,4875.44%
1980 May 1194,6516.29%
1990 May 1228,2041.60%
1995 Sep 1250,7181.78%
2000 May 1322,3175.53%
2007 Aug 1450,3464.72%
2010 May 1366,550-7.22%
2015 Aug 1390,7151.22%

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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