Northern Samar

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Northern Samar
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
CapitalCatarman
Total local government units
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 per km2
(444 per sq. mi)
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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. The 2015 Census records its population as 632,379 representing 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 such figures, the population density is computed at 171 inhabitants per square kilometer or 444 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

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

Local government units

Northern Samar has 24 municipalities and 0 cities. The total number of barangays in the province is 569.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Allenmun25,469
(4.03%)
23,7381.35%47.60 km2
(18.38 sq mi)
535 per km2
(1,386 per sq mi)
20
Birimun11,767
(1.86%)
10,9871.31%24.62 km2
(9.51 sq mi)
478 per km2
(1,237 per sq mi)
8
Bobonmun23,668
(3.74%)
20,9562.34%130.00 km2
(50.19 sq mi)
182 per km2
(472 per sq mi)
18
Capulmun12,679
(2.00%)
12,6590.03%35.56 km2
(13.73 sq mi)
357 per km2
(923 per sq mi)
12
Catarmanmun, capital94,037
(14.87%)
84,8331.98%464.43 km2
(179.32 sq mi)
202 per km2
(524 per sq mi)
55
Catubigmun33,025
(5.22%)
31,7230.77%214.99 km2
(83.01 sq mi)
154 per km2
(398 per sq mi)
47
Gamaymun23,511
(3.72%)
22,4250.90%115.10 km2
(44.44 sq mi)
204 per km2
(529 per sq mi)
26
Laoangmun61,359
(9.70%)
58,0371.07%246.94 km2
(95.34 sq mi)
248 per km2
(644 per sq mi)
56
Lapinigmun13,020
(2.06%)
11,7441.98%57.30 km2
(22.12 sq mi)
227 per km2
(589 per sq mi)
15
Las Navasmun37,947
(6.00%)
36,5390.72%282.61 km2
(109.12 sq mi)
134 per km2
(348 per sq mi)
53
Lavezaresmun28,770
(4.55%)
27,4640.89%119.50 km2
(46.14 sq mi)
241 per km2
(624 per sq mi)
26
Lope de Vegamun14,687
(2.32%)
13,5421.56%280.00 km2
(108.11 sq mi)
52 per km2
(136 per sq mi)
22
Mapanasmun14,025
(2.22%)
12,4232.34%117.85 km2
(45.50 sq mi)
119 per km2
(308 per sq mi)
13
Mondragonmun38,726
(6.12%)
35,3181.77%288.90 km2
(111.54 sq mi)
134 per km2
(347 per sq mi)
24
Palapagmun34,286
(5.42%)
33,4530.47%179.60 km2
(69.34 sq mi)
191 per km2
(494 per sq mi)
32
Pambujanmun33,062
(5.23%)
31,0571.20%163.90 km2
(63.28 sq mi)
202 per km2
(522 per sq mi)
26
Rosariomun10,520
(1.66%)
10,2140.56%31.60 km2
(12.20 sq mi)
333 per km2
(862 per sq mi)
11
San Antoniomun9,058
(1.43%)
8,8770.39%27.00 km2
(10.42 sq mi)
335 per km2
(869 per sq mi)
10
San Isidromun26,650
(4.21%)
24,9521.26%255.90 km2
(98.80 sq mi)
104 per km2
(270 per sq mi)
14
San Josemun17,561
(2.78%)
16,0791.69%29.85 km2
(11.53 sq mi)
588 per km2
(1,523 per sq mi)
16
San Roquemun30,580
(4.84%)
26,3232.90%152.98 km2
(59.07 sq mi)
200 per km2
(518 per sq mi)
16
San Vicentemun7,856
(1.24%)
7,4471.02%15.80 km2
(6.10 sq mi)
497 per km2
(1,288 per sq mi)
7
Silvino Lobosmun15,299
(2.42%)
14,3031.29%224.20 km2
(86.56 sq mi)
68 per km2
(177 per sq mi)
26
Victoriamun14,817
(2.34%)
13,9201.20%186.70 km2
(72.09 sq mi)
79 per km2
(206 per sq mi)
16
Northern Samar Total632,379589,0131.36%3,692.93 km2
(1,425.85 sq mi)
171 per km2
(444 per 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.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 267,680
1918 Dec 3193,5592.07%
1939 Jan 1155,0502.56%
1948 Oct 1228,8574.08%
1960 Feb 15261,4241.18%
1970 May 6306,1141.56%
1975 May 1354,6653.00%
1980 May 1378,5161.31%
1990 May 1383,6540.13%
1995 Sep 1454,1953.21%
2000 May 1500,6392.11%
2007 Aug 1549,7591.30%
2010 May 1589,0132.54%
2015 Aug 1632,3791.36%

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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