Bicol Region (Region V)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Bicol Region
Typeregion
Island groupLuzon
Provinces6
Cities7
Municipalities107
Barangays3,471
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Sibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea, Masbate Pass, Ticao Pass, Burias Pass, San Bernardino Strait
Population (2015)5,796,989

The Bicol Region, officially designated as Region V, is an administrative region in the Philippines grouped under the Luzon island group. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. The regional center is the City of Legazpi.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 5,796,989. This represented 10.09% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 5.74% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Bicol Region is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by the Philippine Sea, San Bernardino Strait, Samar Sea, Visayan Sea, Asid Gulf, Sibuyan Sea, Ragay Gulf, and CALABARZON.

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Map of Bicol RegionMap of Bicol Region highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesAlbayCamarines NorteCamarines SurCatanduanesMasbateSorsogonLegazpi, the regional center

Local government units

Bicol Region has 6 provinces, 107 municipalities, and 7 cities. The total number of barangays in the region is 3,471.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2City countMun countBrgy count
Albayprovince1,314,8261,233,4321.22%2,575.77510315720
Camarines Norteprovince583,313542,9151.38%2,320.07251012282
Camarines Surprovince1,952,5441,822,3711.32%5,497.033552351,063
Catanduanesprovince260,964246,3001.11%1,492.16175011315
Masbateprovince892,393834,6501.28%4,151.78215120550
Sorsogonprovince792,949740,7431.31%2,119.01374114541
Bicol Region Total5,796,9895,420,4111.29%no datano data71073,471

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Bicol Region is 10 to 14, with 708,763 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 49,044 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1129,356
1 to 4557,274
5 to 9705,946
10 to 14708,763
15 to 19626,147
20 to 24487,018
25 to 29401,138
30 to 34358,015
35 to 39339,814
40 to 44300,568
45 to 49283,743
50 to 54240,351
55 to 59200,418
60 to 64156,772
65 to 69116,952
70 to 7480,762
75 to 7954,908
80 and over49,044
Total5,796,989

Historical population

The population of Bicol Region grew from 2,362,707 in 1960 to 5,796,989 in 2015, an increase of 3,434,282 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.29%, or an increase of 376,578 people, from the previous population of 5,420,411 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
643,901
840,0041.69%
1,346,6202.39%
1,666,4592.21%
2,362,7073.12%
2,966,8812.25%
3,193,7211.49%
3,476,9821.71%
3,910,0011.18%
4,325,3071.91%
4,686,6691.74%
5,106,1601.19%
5,420,4112.20%
5,796,9891.29%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 5,796,989, ranked 6 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.29%, ranked 11 out of 17

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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