La Union

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting La Union
Typeprovince
Island groupLuzon
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
Cities1
Municipalities19
Barangays576
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSouth China Sea
Area (2007)1,497.70 km2 (578.27 sq mi)
Population (2015)786,653
Density (2015)525 / km2 (1,360 / sq mi)

La Union is a province in the Philippines situated in the Ilocos Region occupying the northwestern section of Luzon. Its capital is the City of San Fernando.

The province has a land area of 1,497.70 square kilometers or 578.27 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 786,653. This represented 15.65% of the total population of the Ilocos Region, 1.37% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 0.78% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 525 inhabitants per square kilometer or 1,360 inhabitants per square mile.

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La Union is bordered, clockwise from the North, by Ilocos Sur, Benguet, Pangasinan, and the South China Sea, the Lingayen Gulf.

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Local government units

La Union has 19 municipalities and 1 city. The total number of barangays in the province is 576.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2Brgy count
Agoomunicipality63,69260,5960.95%52.841,20549
Aringaymunicipality47,45844,9491.04%84.5456124
Bacnotanmunicipality42,07840,3070.82%76.6054947
Bagulinmunicipality13,45612,5901.27%107.3312510
Balaoanmunicipality39,18837,9100.63%68.7057036
Bangarmunicipality35,94734,5220.77%37.3696233
Bauangmunicipality75,03270,7351.13%73.151,02639
Burgosmunicipality8,0677,8500.52%70.8011412
Cabamunicipality22,03921,2440.70%46.3147617
Lunamunicipality35,80235,3800.23%42.9083540
Naguilianmunicipality54,22148,4072.18%104.6051837
Pugomunicipality19,69016,5183.40%62.8431314
Rosariomunicipality55,45852,6790.98%73.9875033
San Fernandocity (CC), capital, regional center121,812114,9631.11%102.721,18659
San Gabrielmunicipality18,17216,6281.71%129.8714015
San Juanmunicipality37,18835,0981.11%57.1265141
Santo Tomasmunicipality39,09235,9991.58%64.0061124
Santolmunicipality12,47612,0070.73%93.7013311
Sudipenmunicipality17,05616,5310.60%97.5917517
Tubaomunicipality28,72926,9931.19%50.7556618
La Union Total786,653741,9061.12%1,497.70525576

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of La Union for the fiscal year of 2016 was 1,947,243,080.09.

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Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009673,677,547.42
20101,120,026,997.3966.26%
20111,138,431,387.381.64%
20121,075,662,903.90-5.51%
20131,082,824,755.390.67%
20141,026,691,419.26-5.18%
20151,396,507,906.9836.02%
20161,947,243,080.0939.44%

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  • Annual Regular Income = Locally Sourced Revenue + Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Current Year + Other Shares from National Tax Collection
  • Locally Sourced Revenue = Real Property Tax (General Fund) + Tax on Business + Other Taxes + Regulatory Fees + Service/User Charges + Receipts from Economic Enterprises

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in La Union is 5 to 9, with 75,059 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 75 to 79, with 10,108 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 113,991
1 to 459,198
5 to 975,059
10 to 1474,822
15 to 1973,656
20 to 2469,672
25 to 2963,380
30 to 3459,418
35 to 3953,829
40 to 4446,576
45 to 4944,594
50 to 5439,116
55 to 5933,907
60 to 6426,241
65 to 6920,023
70 to 7412,191
75 to 7910,108
80 and over10,872
Total786,653

Historical population

The population of La Union grew from 293,330 in 1960 to 786,653 in 2015, an increase of 493,323 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.12%, or an increase of 44,747 people, from the previous population of 741,906 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
137,847
178,4001.64%
207,7010.76%
237,3401.38%
293,3301.88%
373,6822.40%
414,6352.11%
452,5781.77%
548,7421.95%
597,4421.61%
657,9452.09%
720,9721.27%
741,9061.05%
786,6531.12%

National roads

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

Primary Roads

  • Bauang-Baguio Road
  • Kennon Road Channelization
  • Kennon Road
  • Manila North Road
  • Rabon-Damortis Road

Secondary Roads

  • Access Road to Airport
  • Agoo-Baguio City Road
  • Rosario-Pugo Access Road
  • Rosario-Pugo Road
  • San Fernando Access Road to Poro Point A
  • San Fernando Airport Road
  • San Fernando Port Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Agoo Beach Road
  • Agoo Processional Road A
  • Agoo Processional Road B
  • Alilem-Sugpon-Sudipen Road
  • Bacnotan-Luna-Balaoan Road
  • Capitol Site Road
  • Luna-Bangar Road
  • Poro Port Road Channel
  • Rabon-Damortis Road Channelization
  • San Fernando Access Road to Poro Point B
  • San Fernando-Bagulin Road
  • San Juan-San Gabriel Road

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 786,653, ranked 36 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 578.27 square kilometers, ranked 71 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 525 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 10 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.12%, ranked 60 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 annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  4. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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