Santo Tomas, Province of La Union

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupLuzon
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceLa Union
Barangay count24
Postal code2505
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesLingayen Gulf [South China Sea]
Philippine major island(s)Luzon
Area (2007)64.00 km2 (24.71 sq mi)
Population (2015)39,092
Density (2015)611 / km2 (1,582 / sq mi)
Coordinates16° 17' North, 120° 23' East (16.2845, 120.3885)
Estimated elevation above sea level11.5 meters (37.8 feet)

Santo Tomas is a coastal municipality in the province of La Union.

The municipality has a land area of 64.00 square kilometers or 24.71 square miles which constitutes 4.27% of La Union's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 39,092. This represented 4.97% of the total population of La Union province, or 0.78% of the overall population of the Ilocos Region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 611 inhabitants per square kilometer or 1,582 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Santo Tomas has 24 barangays as shown in the following table.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Ambitacay1.76%68758118.24%3.24%
Bail6.13%2,3972,2277.63%1.41%
Balaoc3.44%1,3441,373-2.11%-0.41%
Balsaan2.23%872875-0.34%-0.07%
Baybay3.53%1,3791,415-2.54%-0.49%
Cabaruan3.51%1,3721,454-5.64%-1.10%
Casantaan5.47%2,1371,9917.33%1.36%
Casilagan4.01%1,5681,5570.71%0.13%
Cupang3.80%1,4841,3986.15%1.14%
Damortis7.03%2,7502,26521.41%3.76%
Fernando3.48%1,3591,00335.49%5.95%
Linong2.06%80563426.97%4.65%
Lomboy3.45%1,3501,3192.35%0.44%
Malabago1.37%53444918.93%3.36%
Namboongan6.34%2,4802,21412.01%2.18%
Namonitan5.50%2,1522,0504.98%0.93%
Narvacan1.52%5945596.26%1.16%
Patac8.06%3,1492,9785.74%1.07%
Poblacion4.96%1,9381,69614.27%2.57%
Pongpong4.02%1,5731,5044.59%0.86%
Raois2.76%1,0771,0462.96%0.56%
Tococ3.25%1,2691,14011.32%2.06%
Tubod7.40%2,8922,48516.38%2.93%
Ubagan4.94%1,9301,7868.06%1.49%
Santo Tomas Total39,09235,9998.59%1.58%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Santo Tomas for the fiscal year of 2016 was 117,877,158.05.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200949,378,262.93
2010141,900,082.84187.37%
201170,028,099.27-50.65%
201267,125,699.42-4.14%
2013113,865,363.2769.63%
201471,538,547.91-37.17%
2015108,772,480.5552.05%
2016117,877,158.058.37%

End notes:

  • 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 Santo Tomas is 5 to 9, with 4,081 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 416 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1790
1 to 43,432
5 to 94,081
10 to 143,750
15 to 193,811
20 to 243,530
25 to 293,116
30 to 342,827
35 to 392,574
40 to 442,167
45 to 492,084
50 to 541,921
55 to 591,528
60 to 641,168
65 to 69936
70 to 74507
75 to 79454
80 and over416
Total39,092

Historical population

The population of Santo Tomas grew from 14,929 in 1960 to 39,092 in 2015, an increase of 24,163 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.58%, or an increase of 3,093 people, from the previous population of 35,999 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
14,929
19,4822.64%
21,3411.85%
22,6101.16%
27,3521.92%
28,1920.57%
31,2042.20%
33,6041.03%
35,9992.54%
39,0921.58%

Location

The municipal center of Santo Tomas is situated at approximately 16° 17' North, 120° 23' East, in the island of Luzon. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 11.5 meters or 37.8 feet above mean sea level.


Distances

Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Santo Tomas are Baguio, Dagupan, San Fernando, Urdaneta, San Carlos, and Alaminos. The nearest municipalities are Agoo, Tubao, Pugo, Rosario, Aringay, and Caba. Its distance from the national capital is 197.89 kilometers (122.96 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Agoo, La Union, 4.82 kilometers (3.00 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N30°W)
  • Tubao, La Union, 7.38 kilometers (4.59 miles) to the North‑Northeast (N20°E)
  • Pugo, La Union, 9.30 kilometers (5.78 miles) to the East‑Northeast (N65°E)
  • Rosario, La Union, 12.24 kilometers (7.60 miles) to the East‑Southeast (S60°E)
  • Aringay, La Union, 12.81 kilometers (7.96 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N16°W)
  • Caba, La Union, 16.91 kilometers (10.51 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N16°W)

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 197.89 kilometers (122.96 miles) to the South‑Southeast (S19°E)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 39,092, ranked 679 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 24.71 square kilometers, ranked 1,256 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 611 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 288 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.58%, ranked 693 out of 1,634

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  3. Postal code information is from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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