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The Visayas (also known as the Visayan group of islands) is one of the three island groups making up the Philippine Archipelago. Its largest islands are Samar, Negros, Panay, Leyte, Cebu, and Bohol. The island group is bordered, clockwise from the North, by the Tablas Strait, Sibuyan Sea, Jintotolo Channel,Visayan Sea, Samar Sea, Ticao Pass, San Bernardino Strait, Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, Surigao Strait, Bohol Sea, Dipolog Strait, and the Sulu Sea.
As of 2015, the Visayas had a total population of 19,373,431, representing 19.19% of the entire population of the Philippines.
The Visayas has three (3) regions, namely, Region VI (Western Visayas), and Region VII (Central Visayas),Region VIII (Eastern Visayas). These regions encompass a total of sixteen (16) provinces, twenty-seven (27) cities, and 369 municipalities. The totalnumber of barangays in the island group is 11,444.
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The population of Visayas grew from 7,642,073 in 1960 to 19,373,431 in 2015, an increase of 11,731,358 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.41%, or an increase of 1,369,491 people, from the previous population of 18,003,940 in 2010.
|Census date||Population||Growth rate|
|1903 Mar 2||2,863,077||–|
|1918 Dec 31||3,810,750||1.82%|
|1939 Jan 1||5,590,104||1.93%|
|1948 Oct 1||6,414,595||1.42%|
|1960 Feb 15||7,642,073||1.55%|
|1970 May 6||9,032,454||1.65%|
|1975 May 1||10,133,392||2.33%|
|1980 May 1||11,112,523||1.86%|
|1990 May 1||13,041,947||1.61%|
|1995 Sep 1||14,158,443||1.55%|
|2000 May 1||15,528,346||2.00%|
|2007 Aug 1||17,159,481||1.39%|
|2010 May 1||18,003,940||1.76%|
|2015 Aug 1||19,373,431||1.41%|