South Cotabato

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting South Cotabato
Island groupMindanao
RegionSOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)
CapitalKoronadal
Total local government units
Highly urbanized cities1
Cities1
Municipalities10
Barangays [note]225
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 per km2
(602 per sq. mi)
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[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. The 2015 Census records its population as 915,289 representing 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 such 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.

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. The total number of barangays in the province is 225. 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.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Bangamun83,989
(9.18%)
76,3431.83%240.35 km2
(92.80 sq mi)
349 per km2
(905 per sq mi)
22
General Santoscity (HUC)594,446
(–)
538,0861.91%492.86 km2
(190.29 sq mi)
1,206 per km2
(3,124 per sq mi)
26
Koronadalcity (CC), capital, regional center174,942
(19.11%)
158,2731.92%277.00 km2
(106.95 sq mi)
632 per km2
(1,636 per sq mi)
27
Lake Sebumun87,442
(9.55%)
76,1702.66%702.00 km2
(271.04 sq mi)
125 per km2
(323 per sq mi)
19
Noralamun46,642
(5.10%)
44,6350.84%123.20 km2
(47.57 sq mi)
379 per km2
(980 per sq mi)
14
Polomolokmun152,589
(16.67%)
138,2731.89%339.97 km2
(131.26 sq mi)
449 per km2
(1,162 per sq mi)
23
Santo Niñomun40,947
(4.47%)
39,7380.57%86.20 km2
(33.28 sq mi)
475 per km2
(1,230 per sq mi)
10
Surallahmun84,539
(9.24%)
76,0352.04%540.30 km2
(208.61 sq mi)
156 per km2
(405 per sq mi)
17
T'Bolimun91,453
(9.99%)
79,1752.78%895.83 km2
(345.88 sq mi)
102 per km2
(264 per sq mi)
25
Tampakanmun39,525
(4.32%)
36,2541.66%390.00 km2
(150.58 sq mi)
101 per km2
(262 per sq mi)
14
Tantanganmun43,245
(4.72%)
40,4611.28%113.10 km2
(43.67 sq mi)
382 per km2
(990 per sq mi)
13
Tupimun69,976
(7.65%)
61,8432.38%228.00 km2
(88.03 sq mi)
307 per km2
(795 per sq mi)
15
South Cotabato Total [1]915,289827,2001.95%3,935.95 km2
(1,519.68 sq mi)
233 per km2
(602 per sq mi)
225
  1. [1]Totals exclude the highly urbanized city of General Santos
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.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 230,741
1918 Dec 3113,957-4.86%
1939 Jan 120,0581.83%
1948 Oct 155,01710.91%
1960 Feb 15136,6098.33%
1970 May 6252,6126.20%
1975 May 1329,5345.48%
1980 May 1401,7054.04%
1990 May 1539,4582.99%
1995 Sep 1621,1552.68%
2000 May 1690,7282.30%
2007 Aug 1767,2551.46%
2010 May 1827,2002.78%
2015 Aug 1915,2891.95%

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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