Central Visayas (Region VII)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Central Visayas
Typeregion
Island groupVisayas
Provinces4
Cities16
Municipalities116
Barangays3,003
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesCamotes Sea, Bohol Sea, Visayan Sea, Cebu Strait, Tañon Strait, Canigao Channel
Population (2015)7,396,898

Central Visayas, officially designated as Region VII, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the central section of the Visayas. It covers 4 provinces, namely, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, as well as 3 highly urbanized cities. The regional center is the City of Cebu.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 7,396,898. This represented 38.18% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 7.33% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Central Visayas is bordered, clockwise from the North, by the Visayan Sea, Camotes Sea, Canigao Channel, Bohol Sea, Dipolog Strait, Sulu Sea, Western Visayas, and the Tañon Strait.

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Map of Central VisayasMap of Central Visayas highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesBoholCebuNegros OrientalSiquijorCebu City, a highly urbanized city and the regional centerLapu-Lapu, a highly urbanized cityMandaue, a highly urbanized city

Local government units

Central Visayas has 4 provinces, 116 municipalities, and 16 cities (3 of which are highly urbanized cities administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 3,003.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)City countMun countBrgy count
Boholprovince1,313,5601,255,1280.87%4,820.95 km2 (1,861.38 sq mi)272 / km2 (706 / sq mi)1471,109
Cebuprovince2,938,9822,619,3622.22%5,342.00 km2 (2,062.56 sq mi)550 / km2 (1,425 / sq mi)6441,066
Cebu Citycity (HUC), capital, regional center922,611866,1711.21%315.00 km2 (121.62 sq mi)2,929 / km2 (7,586 / sq mi)80
Lapu-Lapucity (HUC)408,112350,4672.94%58.10 km2 (22.43 sq mi)7,024 / km2 (18,195 / sq mi)30
Mandauecity (HUC)362,654331,3201.74%25.18 km2 (9.72 sq mi)14,402 / km2 (37,310 / sq mi)27
Negros Orientalprovince1,354,9951,286,6660.99%5,385.53 km2 (2,079.36 sq mi)252 / km2 (652 / sq mi)619557
Siquijorprovince95,98491,0661.01%337.49 km2 (130.31 sq mi)284 / km2 (737 / sq mi)06134
Central Visayas Total7,396,8986,800,1801.61%no datano data161163,003

Historical population

The population of Central Visayas grew from 2,522,802 in 1960 to 7,396,898 in 2015, an increase of 4,874,096 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.61%, or an increase of 596,718 people, from the previous population of 6,800,180 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1,124,444
1,485,9761.78%
1,954,3661.38%
2,119,9750.84%
2,522,8021.54%
3,032,7191.82%
3,387,2742.24%
3,787,3742.26%
4,594,1241.95%
5,014,5881.65%
5,706,9532.81%
6,400,6981.59%
6,800,1802.23%
7,396,8981.61%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 7,396,898, ranked 5 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.61%, ranked 7 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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