Visayas

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting the Visayas island group
Total local government units
Regions3
Provinces16
Cities27
Municipalities369
Barangays11,444
Population (2015)19,373,431

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.

As of 2015, the Visayas had a total population of 19,373,431, representing 19.19% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Location

The island group has three (3) regions, namely, Region VI (Western Visayas), Region VII (Central Visayas), and Region VIII (Eastern Visayas).

The Visayas 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.

map of regions

List of regions

The regions of the Visayas encompass a total of sixteen (16) provinces, with an aggregate of twenty-seven (27) cities, and 369 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the island group is 11,444.

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RegionPopulation (2015)Regional centerProvincesTotal cities (HUC)Total cities (ICC)Total cities (CC)Total munTotal brgy
Western Visayas (Region VI)7,536,383Iloilo City
6
2
021174,051
Central Visayas (Region VII)7,396,898Cebu City
4
3
0131163,003
Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)4,440,150Tacloban
6
1
151364,390
Visayas Total19,373,43116612036911,444

Historical population

The population of the 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.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
2,863,077
3,810,7501.82%
5,590,1041.93%
6,414,5951.42%
7,642,0731.55%
9,032,4541.65%
10,133,3922.33%
11,112,5231.86%
13,041,9471.61%
14,158,4431.55%
15,528,3462.00%
17,159,4811.39%
18,003,9401.76%
19,373,4311.41%

Sources

  1. Historical population derived from the sum of populations of regions currently under the island group. These region populations 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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