Western Visayas (Region VI)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Western Visayas
Typeregion
Island groupVisayas
Provinces6
Cities16
Municipalities117
Barangays4,051
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Sibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea, Tañon Strait
Population (2015)7,536,383

Western Visayas, officially designated as Region VI, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the western section of the Visayas. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, as well as 2 highly urbanized cities. The regional center is the City of Iloilo.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 7,536,383. This represented 38.90% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 7.46% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Western Visayas is bordered, clockwise from the North, by the Sibuyan Sea, Jintotolo Channel, Visayan Sea, Tañon Strait, Central Visayas, Sulu Sea, and the Tablas Strait.

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Map of Western VisayasMap of Western Visayas highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesAklanAntiqueCapizGuimarasIloiloNegros OccidentalBacolod, a highly urbanized cityIloilo City, a highly urbanized city and the regional center

Local government units

Western Visayas has 6 provinces, 117 municipalities, and 16 cities (2 of which are highly urbanized cities administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 4,051.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)City countMun countBrgy count
Aklanprovince574,823535,7251.35%1,821.42 km2 (703.25 sq mi)316 / km2 (817 / sq mi)017327
Antiqueprovince582,012546,0311.22%2,729.17 km2 (1,053.74 sq mi)213 / km2 (552 / sq mi)018590
Capizprovince761,384719,6851.08%2,594.64 km2 (1,001.80 sq mi)293 / km2 (760 / sq mi)116473
Guimarasprovince174,613162,9431.33%604.57 km2 (233.43 sq mi)289 / km2 (748 / sq mi)0598
Iloiloprovince1,936,4231,805,5761.34%5,079.17 km2 (1,961.08 sq mi)381 / km2 (987 / sq mi)1421,721
Negros Occidentalprovince2,497,2612,396,0390.79%7,965.21 km2 (3,075.38 sq mi)314 / km2 (812 / sq mi)1219601
Bacolodcity (HUC), capital561,875511,8201.79%162.67 km2 (62.81 sq mi)3,454 / km2 (8,946 / sq mi)61
Iloilo Citycity (HUC), capital, regional center447,992424,6191.03%78.34 km2 (30.25 sq mi)5,719 / km2 (14,810 / sq mi)180
Western Visayas Total7,536,3837,102,4381.14%no datano data161174,051

Historical population

The population of Western Visayas grew from 3,078,305 in 1960 to 7,536,383 in 2015, an increase of 4,458,078 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.14%, or an increase of 433,945 people, from the previous population of 7,102,438 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1,083,474
1,347,2491.39%
2,173,5792.42%
2,530,5171.57%
3,078,3051.74%
3,618,3261.59%
4,146,3902.77%
4,525,6151.77%
5,393,3331.77%
5,776,9381.30%
6,211,0381.57%
6,843,6431.35%
7,102,4381.36%
7,536,3831.14%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 7,536,383, ranked 4 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.14%, ranked 16 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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