Samar

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Samar
Typeprovince
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
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 / km2 (334 / sq mi)

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. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 780,481. This represented 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 these 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.

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Local government units

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

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007)Density (2015)Brgy count
Almagromunicipality8,94211,024-3.91%51.36 km2 (19.83 sq mi)174 / km2 (451 / sq mi)23
Baseymunicipality55,48050,4231.84%513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)108 / km2 (280 / sq mi)51
Calbayogcity (CC)183,851172,7781.19%880.74 km2 (340.06 sq mi)209 / km2 (541 / sq mi)157
Calbigamunicipality22,98221,4341.34%283.70 km2 (109.54 sq mi)81 / km2 (210 / sq mi)41
Catbalogancity (CC), capital103,87994,3171.86%274.22 km2 (105.88 sq mi)379 / km2 (981 / sq mi)57
Darammunicipality42,87941,3220.71%140.26 km2 (54.15 sq mi)306 / km2 (792 / sq mi)58
Gandaramunicipality34,43431,9431.44%573.49 km2 (221.43 sq mi)60 / km2 (156 / sq mi)69
Hinabanganmunicipality13,67312,6511.49%460.08 km2 (177.64 sq mi)30 / km2 (77 / sq mi)21
Jiabongmunicipality18,34217,0751.37%67.70 km2 (26.14 sq mi)271 / km2 (702 / sq mi)34
Marabutmunicipality16,96215,1152.22%143.55 km2 (55.42 sq mi)118 / km2 (306 / sq mi)24
Matuguinaomunicipality7,2886,7461.48%172.51 km2 (66.61 sq mi)42 / km2 (109 / sq mi)20
Motiongmunicipality15,15614,8290.42%174.40 km2 (67.34 sq mi)87 / km2 (225 / sq mi)30
Pagsanghanmunicipality7,9458,024-0.19%30.00 km2 (11.58 sq mi)265 / km2 (686 / sq mi)13
Paranasmunicipality30,55729,3270.79%556.12 km2 (214.72 sq mi)55 / km2 (142 / sq mi)44
Pinabacdaomunicipality18,25216,2082.29%183.06 km2 (70.68 sq mi)100 / km2 (258 / sq mi)24
San Jorgemunicipality17,18416,3400.96%241.20 km2 (93.13 sq mi)71 / km2 (185 / sq mi)41
San Jose de Buanmunicipality7,7696,5633.26%366.90 km2 (141.66 sq mi)21 / km2 (55 / sq mi)14
San Sebastianmunicipality8,0577,7080.85%39.07 km2 (15.09 sq mi)206 / km2 (534 / sq mi)14
Santa Margaritamunicipality26,34824,8501.12%129.12 km2 (49.85 sq mi)204 / km2 (529 / sq mi)36
Santa Ritamunicipality41,59138,0821.69%411.77 km2 (158.99 sq mi)101 / km2 (262 / sq mi)38
Santo Niñomunicipality12,86313,504-0.92%29.53 km2 (11.40 sq mi)436 / km2 (1,128 / sq mi)13
Tagapul-anmunicipality8,4737,8281.52%28.70 km2 (11.08 sq mi)295 / km2 (765 / sq mi)14
Talaloramunicipality8,0577,9830.18%27.96 km2 (10.80 sq mi)288 / km2 (746 / sq mi)11
Tarangnanmunicipality24,99224,1460.66%132.49 km2 (51.15 sq mi)189 / km2 (489 / sq mi)41
Villarealmunicipality28,23026,2211.42%98.54 km2 (38.05 sq mi)286 / km2 (742 / sq mi)38
Zumarragamunicipality16,29516,936-0.73%38.55 km2 (14.88 sq mi)423 / km2 (1,095 / sq mi)25
Samar Total780,481733,3771.19%6,048.03 km2 (2,335.16 sq mi)129 / km2 (334 / 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.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
118,912
168,6682.23%
236,9091.71%
331,5213.51%
368,8230.94%
442,2441.79%
478,3781.59%
501,4390.95%
533,7330.63%
589,3731.88%
641,1241.82%
695,1491.12%
733,3771.97%
780,4811.19%

National roads

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

Primary Roads

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

Secondary Roads

  • Basey-Marabut-Pinamitinan Road
  • Buri Access Road
  • Calbayog Old National Route
  • Calbayog-Catarman Road
  • Dolongan-Basey Road
  • San Juanico-Basey-Sohoton Road
  • Wright-Taft-Borongan Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Bagacay Old Route
  • Basey Old Route
  • Calbayog Diversion Road
  • Catbalogan Diversion Road
  • Dimakiling-JP Rizal Street
  • Gandara Diversion Road
  • Gandara Old Route
  • Gomez Extension
  • Gomez Street
  • Hinabangan Diversion Road
  • J. Luna Street
  • Motiong Old Route
  • Navarro Street
  • Parasanon Old Route
  • Rueda Street
  • San Jorge Old Route
  • Santa Margarita Old Route
  • Wright Old Route

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 780,481, ranked 37 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 2,335.16 square kilometers, ranked 13 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 129 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 59 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.19%, ranked 55 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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