South Cotabato

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting South Cotabato
Typeprovince
Island groupMindanao
RegionSOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)
Highly urbanized cities1
Cities1
Municipalities10
Barangays [note]199
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesCelebes Sea
Area (2007) [note]3,935.95 km2 (1,519.68 sq mi)
Population (2015) [note]915,289
Density (2015) [note]233 / km2 (602 / sq mi)
[note] Figures exclude highly urbanized cities

South Cotabato is a province in the Philippines situated in the SOCCSKSARGEN region occupying the southern-central section of Mindanao. Its capital is the City of Koronadal.

The province has a land area of 3,935.95 square kilometers or 1,519.68 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 915,289. This represented 20.14% of the total population of the SOCCSKSARGEN region, 3.79% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.91% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 233 inhabitants per square kilometer or 602 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

South Cotabato is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Davao del Sur, Sarangani, Sarangani Bay, and Sultan Kudarat.

details
Map of the Philippines with South Cotabato highlighted in redMap of South Cotabato showing its cities and component municipalitiesBangaGeneral SantosKoronadalLake SebuNoralaPolomolokSanto NiñoSurallahT'BoliTampakanTantanganTupi

Local government units

South Cotabato has 10 municipalities and 1 city. The total number of barangays in the province is 199. The City of General Santos is commonly grouped with the province, although it is administratively independent due to its distinction as a highly urbanized city.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Bangamunicipality83,98976,3431.83%240.35 km2 (92.80 sq mi)349 / km2 (905 / sq mi)22
Koronadalcity (CC), capital, regional center174,942158,2731.92%277.00 km2 (106.95 sq mi)632 / km2 (1,636 / sq mi)27
Lake Sebumunicipality87,44276,1702.66%702.00 km2 (271.04 sq mi)125 / km2 (323 / sq mi)19
Noralamunicipality46,64244,6350.84%123.20 km2 (47.57 sq mi)379 / km2 (980 / sq mi)14
Polomolokmunicipality152,589138,2731.89%339.97 km2 (131.26 sq mi)449 / km2 (1,162 / sq mi)23
Santo Niñomunicipality40,94739,7380.57%86.20 km2 (33.28 sq mi)475 / km2 (1,230 / sq mi)10
Surallahmunicipality84,53976,0352.04%540.30 km2 (208.61 sq mi)156 / km2 (405 / sq mi)17
T'Bolimunicipality91,45379,1752.78%895.83 km2 (345.88 sq mi)102 / km2 (264 / sq mi)25
Tampakanmunicipality39,52536,2541.66%390.00 km2 (150.58 sq mi)101 / km2 (262 / sq mi)14
Tantanganmunicipality43,24540,4611.28%113.10 km2 (43.67 sq mi)382 / km2 (990 / sq mi)13
Tupimunicipality69,97661,8432.38%228.00 km2 (88.03 sq mi)307 / km2 (795 / sq mi)15
South Cotabato Total915,289827,2001.95%3,935.95 km2 (1,519.68 sq mi)233 / km2 (602 / sq mi)199

Historical population

The population of South Cotabato grew from 136,609 in 1960 to 915,289 in 2015, an increase of 778,680 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.95%, or an increase of 88,089 people, from the previous population of 827,200 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
30,741
13,957-4.86%
20,0581.83%
55,01710.91%
136,6098.33%
252,6126.20%
329,5345.48%
401,7054.04%
539,4582.99%
621,1552.68%
690,7282.30%
767,2551.46%
827,2002.78%
915,2891.95%

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in South Cotabato as classified by the Department of Public Works and Highways are:

Primary Roads

  • Cotabato-Marbel Road
  • Digos-Makar Road
  • Makar-Marbel Road

Secondary Roads

  • Buayan-Glan Road
  • Filipino-American Friendship Avenue
  • General Santos City Circumferential Road
  • Junction Digos Makar-Buayan Airport Diversion Road
  • Junction Digos-Buayan Airport Road
  • Makar-Kiamba Road
  • Midsayap-Marbel Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Surallah-Lake Sebu-Maitum Road

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 915,289, ranked 28 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,519.68 square kilometers, ranked 33 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 233 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 37 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.95%, ranked 13 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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