SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting SOCCSKSARGEN
Typeregion
Island groupMindanao
Provinces4
Cities5
Municipalities45
Barangays1,195
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesCelebes Sea
Population (2015)4,545,276

SOCCSKSARGEN, officially designated as Region XII, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the southern-central section of Mindanao. It covers 4 provinces, namely, Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, as well as 1 highly urbanized city (General Santos) and the independent component city of Cotabato. The regional center is the City of Koronadal.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 4,545,276. This represented 18.83% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 4.50% of the entire population of the Philippines.

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SOCCSKSARGEN is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, the Sarangani Strait, Sarangani Bay, Celebes Sea, Moro Gulf, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Local government units

SOCCSKSARGEN has 4 provinces, 45 municipalities, and 5 cities (1 of which is a highly urbanized city administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 1,195.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)City countMun countBrgy count
Cotabatoprovince1,379,7471,226,5082.27%9,008.90 km2 (3,478.36 sq mi)153 / km2 (397 / sq mi)117543
South Cotabatoprovince915,289827,2001.95%4,428.81 km2 (1,709.97 sq mi)207 / km2 (535 / sq mi)110199
General Santoscity (HUC)594,446538,0861.91%492.86 km2 (190.29 sq mi)1,206 / km2 (3,124 / sq mi)26
Sultan Kudaratprovince812,095747,0871.60%5,298.34 km2 (2,045.70 sq mi)153 / km2 (397 / sq mi)111249
Saranganiprovince544,261498,9041.67%3,601.25 km2 (1,390.45 sq mi)151 / km2 (391 / sq mi)07141
Cotabato Citycity (ICC), regional center299,438271,7861.86%176.00 km2 (67.95 sq mi)1,701 / km2 (4,407 / sq mi)37
SOCCSKSARGEN Total4,545,2764,109,5711.94%no datano data5451,195

Historical population

The population of SOCCSKSARGEN grew from 652,020 in 1960 to 4,545,276 in 2015, an increase of 3,893,256 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.94%, or an increase of 435,705 people, from the previous population of 4,109,571 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
34,762
96,3916.65%
162,2012.64%
194,8801.90%
652,02011.20%
1,186,9636.04%
1,365,0782.85%
1,722,7274.76%
2,399,9533.37%
2,846,9663.25%
3,222,1692.69%
3,830,5002.41%
4,109,5712.59%
4,545,2761.94%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 4,545,276, ranked 10 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.94%, ranked 4 out of 17

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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