Northern Samar

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Northern Samar
Typeprovince
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Cities0
Municipalities24
Barangays569
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Samar Sea, San Bernardino Strait
Area (2007)3,692.93 km2 (1,425.85 sq mi)
Population (2015)632,379
Density (2015)171 / km2 (444 / sq mi)

Northern Samar is a province in the Philippines situated in the Eastern Visayas region occupying the eastern section of the Visayas. Its capital is the Municipality of Catarman.

The province has a land area of 3,692.93 square kilometers or 1,425.85 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 632,379. This represented 14.24% of the total population of the Eastern Visayas region, 3.26% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 0.63% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 171 inhabitants per square kilometer or 444 inhabitants per square mile.

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Northern Samar is bordered, clockwise from the North, by Philippine Sea, Eastern Samar, Samar, the Samar Sea, and San Bernardino Strait.

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Local government units

Northern Samar has 24 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 569.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Allenmunicipality25,46923,7381.35%47.60 km2 (18.38 sq mi)535 / km2 (1,386 / sq mi)20
Birimunicipality11,76710,9871.31%24.62 km2 (9.51 sq mi)478 / km2 (1,237 / sq mi)8
Bobonmunicipality23,66820,9562.34%130.00 km2 (50.19 sq mi)182 / km2 (472 / sq mi)18
Capulmunicipality12,67912,6590.03%35.56 km2 (13.73 sq mi)357 / km2 (923 / sq mi)12
Catarmanmunicipality, capital94,03784,8331.98%464.43 km2 (179.32 sq mi)202 / km2 (524 / sq mi)55
Catubigmunicipality33,02531,7230.77%214.99 km2 (83.01 sq mi)154 / km2 (398 / sq mi)47
Gamaymunicipality23,51122,4250.90%115.10 km2 (44.44 sq mi)204 / km2 (529 / sq mi)26
Laoangmunicipality61,35958,0371.07%246.94 km2 (95.34 sq mi)248 / km2 (644 / sq mi)56
Lapinigmunicipality13,02011,7441.98%57.30 km2 (22.12 sq mi)227 / km2 (589 / sq mi)15
Las Navasmunicipality37,94736,5390.72%282.61 km2 (109.12 sq mi)134 / km2 (348 / sq mi)53
Lavezaresmunicipality28,77027,4640.89%119.50 km2 (46.14 sq mi)241 / km2 (624 / sq mi)26
Lope de Vegamunicipality14,68713,5421.56%280.00 km2 (108.11 sq mi)52 / km2 (136 / sq mi)22
Mapanasmunicipality14,02512,4232.34%117.85 km2 (45.50 sq mi)119 / km2 (308 / sq mi)13
Mondragonmunicipality38,72635,3181.77%288.90 km2 (111.54 sq mi)134 / km2 (347 / sq mi)24
Palapagmunicipality34,28633,4530.47%179.60 km2 (69.34 sq mi)191 / km2 (494 / sq mi)32
Pambujanmunicipality33,06231,0571.20%163.90 km2 (63.28 sq mi)202 / km2 (522 / sq mi)26
Rosariomunicipality10,52010,2140.56%31.60 km2 (12.20 sq mi)333 / km2 (862 / sq mi)11
San Antoniomunicipality9,0588,8770.39%27.00 km2 (10.42 sq mi)335 / km2 (869 / sq mi)10
San Isidromunicipality26,65024,9521.26%255.90 km2 (98.80 sq mi)104 / km2 (270 / sq mi)14
San Josemunicipality17,56116,0791.69%29.85 km2 (11.53 sq mi)588 / km2 (1,523 / sq mi)16
San Roquemunicipality30,58026,3232.90%152.98 km2 (59.07 sq mi)200 / km2 (518 / sq mi)16
San Vicentemunicipality7,8567,4471.02%15.80 km2 (6.10 sq mi)497 / km2 (1,288 / sq mi)7
Silvino Lobosmunicipality15,29914,3031.29%224.20 km2 (86.56 sq mi)68 / km2 (177 / sq mi)26
Victoriamunicipality14,81713,9201.20%186.70 km2 (72.09 sq mi)79 / km2 (206 / sq mi)16
Northern Samar Total632,379589,0131.36%3,692.93 km2 (1,425.85 sq mi)171 / km2 (444 / sq mi)569

Historical population

The population of Northern Samar grew from 261,424 in 1960 to 632,379 in 2015, an increase of 370,955 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.36%, or an increase of 43,366 people, from the previous population of 589,013 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
67,680
93,5592.07%
155,0502.56%
228,8574.08%
261,4241.18%
306,1141.56%
354,6653.00%
378,5161.31%
383,6540.13%
454,1953.21%
500,6392.11%
549,7591.30%
589,0132.54%
632,3791.36%

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in Northern Samar as classified by the Department of Public Works and Highways are:

Primary Roads

  • Daang Maharlika (SM) (San Isidro-San Juanico Bridge)

Secondary Roads

  • Allen-Catarman Road
  • Catarman Airport Road
  • Catarman Cadre Road
  • Catarman-Calbayog Road
  • Catarman-Laoang Road
  • Laoang-Calomotan Road
  • Pangpang-Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig Road
  • San Policarpo-Arteche-Lapinig Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Allen Old Road
  • Arteche-Jipapad-Las Navas-Rawis Road
  • Bobon Old Road
  • Bugko-Nenita-Mirador-Cagpanit-an-De Maria-San Jose Road
  • Catarman Diversion Road 1
  • Imelda-Barangay La Trinidad Road
  • Mondragon-Bantayan Old Road
  • Pambujan Old Road
  • Pob-Gengarog-Tubigdanao-San Lorenzo-Bonglas-Mandugang Road
  • Poblacion-Barangay Bonifacio Road
  • Poblacion-Barangay Cabacungan Road
  • Poblacion-Barangay Trujillo Road
  • Rawis-Catubig Road
  • Rawis-Talisay Road
  • Rosario Road
  • San Antonio Circumferential Road
  • San Jose Old Road
  • San Roque-Cababtoan Old Road

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 632,379, ranked 46 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,425.85 square kilometers, ranked 34 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 171 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 47 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.36%, ranked 35 out of 81

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.
  3. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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