Samar

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Samar
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
CapitalCatbalogan
Total local government units
Cities2
Municipalities24
Barangays951
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Samar Sea
Area (2007)6,048.03 km2
(2,335.16 sq. mi)
Population (2015)780,481
Density (2015)129 per km2
(334 per sq. mi)
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Samar is a province in the Philippines situated in the Eastern Visayas region occupying the eastern section of the Visayas. Its capital is the City of Catbalogan.

The province has a land area of 6,048.03 square kilometers or 2,335.16 square miles. The 2015 Census records its population as 780,481 representing 17.58% of the total population of the Eastern Visayas region, 4.03% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 0.77% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on such figures, the population density is computed at 129 inhabitants per square kilometer or 334 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

Samar is bordered, clockwise from the North, by Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte Gulf, San Juanico Strait, and the Samar Sea.

Local government units

Samar has 24 municipalities and 2 cities. The total number of barangays in the province is 951.

NameType
Population and
Population
percentage

(2015)
Population
(2010)
Annual
Population
Growth Rate
(2010-2015)
Area
(2007)
Density
(2015)
Brgy
count
Almagromun8,942
(1.15%)
11,024-3.91%51.36 km2
(19.83 sq mi)
174 per km2
(451 per sq mi)
23
Baseymun55,480
(7.11%)
50,4231.84%513.01 km2
(198.07 sq mi)
108 per km2
(280 per sq mi)
51
Calbayogcity (CC)183,851
(23.56%)
172,7781.19%880.74 km2
(340.06 sq mi)
209 per km2
(541 per sq mi)
157
Calbigamun22,982
(2.94%)
21,4341.34%283.70 km2
(109.54 sq mi)
81 per km2
(210 per sq mi)
41
Catbalogancity (CC), capital103,879
(13.31%)
94,3171.86%274.22 km2
(105.88 sq mi)
379 per km2
(981 per sq mi)
57
Darammun42,879
(5.49%)
41,3220.71%140.26 km2
(54.15 sq mi)
306 per km2
(792 per sq mi)
58
Gandaramun34,434
(4.41%)
31,9431.44%573.49 km2
(221.43 sq mi)
60 per km2
(156 per sq mi)
69
Hinabanganmun13,673
(1.75%)
12,6511.49%460.08 km2
(177.64 sq mi)
30 per km2
(77 per sq mi)
21
Jiabongmun18,342
(2.35%)
17,0751.37%67.70 km2
(26.14 sq mi)
271 per km2
(702 per sq mi)
34
Marabutmun16,962
(2.17%)
15,1152.22%143.55 km2
(55.42 sq mi)
118 per km2
(306 per sq mi)
24
Matuguinaomun7,288
(0.93%)
6,7461.48%172.51 km2
(66.61 sq mi)
42 per km2
(109 per sq mi)
20
Motiongmun15,156
(1.94%)
14,8290.42%174.40 km2
(67.34 sq mi)
87 per km2
(225 per sq mi)
30
Pagsanghanmun7,945
(1.02%)
8,024-0.19%30.00 km2
(11.58 sq mi)
265 per km2
(686 per sq mi)
13
Paranasmun30,557
(3.92%)
29,3270.79%556.12 km2
(214.72 sq mi)
55 per km2
(142 per sq mi)
44
Pinabacdaomun18,252
(2.34%)
16,2082.29%183.06 km2
(70.68 sq mi)
100 per km2
(258 per sq mi)
24
San Jorgemun17,184
(2.20%)
16,3400.96%241.20 km2
(93.13 sq mi)
71 per km2
(185 per sq mi)
41
San Jose de Buanmun7,769
(1.00%)
6,5633.26%366.90 km2
(141.66 sq mi)
21 per km2
(55 per sq mi)
14
San Sebastianmun8,057
(1.03%)
7,7080.85%39.07 km2
(15.09 sq mi)
206 per km2
(534 per sq mi)
14
Santa Margaritamun26,348
(3.38%)
24,8501.12%129.12 km2
(49.85 sq mi)
204 per km2
(529 per sq mi)
36
Santa Ritamun41,591
(5.33%)
38,0821.69%411.77 km2
(158.99 sq mi)
101 per km2
(262 per sq mi)
38
Santo Niñomun12,863
(1.65%)
13,504-0.92%29.53 km2
(11.40 sq mi)
436 per km2
(1,128 per sq mi)
13
Tagapul-anmun8,473
(1.09%)
7,8281.52%28.70 km2
(11.08 sq mi)
295 per km2
(765 per sq mi)
14
Talaloramun8,057
(1.03%)
7,9830.18%27.96 km2
(10.80 sq mi)
288 per km2
(746 per sq mi)
11
Tarangnanmun24,992
(3.20%)
24,1460.66%132.49 km2
(51.15 sq mi)
189 per km2
(489 per sq mi)
41
Villarealmun28,230
(3.62%)
26,2211.42%98.54 km2
(38.05 sq mi)
286 per km2
(742 per sq mi)
38
Zumarragamun16,295
(2.09%)
16,936-0.73%38.55 km2
(14.88 sq mi)
423 per km2
(1,095 per sq mi)
25
Samar Total780,481733,3771.19%6,048.03 km2
(2,335.16 sq mi)
129 per km2
(334 per sq mi)
951
Historical population

The population of Samar grew from 368,823 in 1960 to 780,481 in 2015, an increase of 411,658 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.19%, or an increase of 47,104 people, from the previous population of 733,377 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1903 Mar 2118,912
1918 Dec 31168,6682.23%
1939 Jan 1236,9091.71%
1948 Oct 1331,5213.51%
1960 Feb 15368,8230.94%
1970 May 6442,2441.79%
1975 May 1478,3781.59%
1980 May 1501,4390.95%
1990 May 1533,7330.63%
1995 Sep 1589,3731.88%
2000 May 1641,1241.82%
2007 Aug 1695,1491.12%
2010 May 1733,3771.97%
2015 Aug 1780,4811.19%

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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