Virac, Province of Catanduanes

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupLuzon
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
ProvinceCatanduanes
Barangay count63
Postal code4800
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesLagonoy Gulf [Philippine Sea]
Area (2007)152.40 km2 (58.84 sq mi)
Population (2015)73,650
Density (2015)483 / km2 (1,252 / sq mi)
Coordinates13° 35' North, 124° 14' East (13.5808, 124.2310)
Estimated elevation above sea level6.8 meters (22.2 feet)

Virac is a coastal municipality in the island province of Catanduanes. It serves as the provincial capital.

The municipality has a land area of 152.40 square kilometers or 58.84 square miles which constitutes 10.21% of Catanduanes's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 73,650. This represented 28.22% of the total population of Catanduanes province, or 1.27% of the overall population of the Bicol Region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 483 inhabitants per square kilometer or 1,252 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Virac has 63 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)
Antipolo del Norte0.94%6956693.89%0.73%
Antipolo del Sur0.73%5355310.75%0.14%
Balite1.03%7617008.71%1.60%
Batag0.59%436455-4.18%-0.81%
Bigaa4.34%3,1932,77714.98%2.69%
Buenavista0.54%3973843.39%0.64%
Buyo2.16%1,5891,37615.48%2.78%
Cabihian0.66%4864722.97%0.56%
Calabnigan0.82%6035519.44%1.73%
Calampong0.39%288304-5.26%-1.02%
Calatagan Proper4.18%3,0752,74212.14%2.21%
Calatagan Tibang2.94%2,1621,90913.25%2.40%
Capilihan1.99%1,4631,4173.25%0.61%
Casoocan0.64%4714407.05%1.30%
Cavinitan6.13%4,5143,48429.56%5.06%
Concepcion1.47%1,0841,0404.23%0.79%
Constantino1.18%866931-6.98%-1.37%
Danicop2.82%2,0741,8869.97%1.83%
Dugui San Isidro0.55%40235712.61%2.29%
Dugui San Vicente0.99%72662615.97%2.86%
Dugui Too1.83%1,3461,16016.03%2.87%
F. Tacorda Village0.49%363368-1.36%-0.26%
Francia2.66%1,9571,8137.94%1.47%
Gogon Centro3.00%2,2081,90016.21%2.90%
Gogon Sirangan1.33%9799275.61%1.04%
Hawan Grande1.20%8878464.85%0.91%
Hawan Ilaya0.87%6435928.61%1.59%
Hicming1.45%1,0689749.65%1.77%
Ibong Sapa1.15%8478193.42%0.64%
Igang1.00%738783-5.75%-1.12%
Juan M. Alberto0.50%3713399.44%1.73%
Lanao1.49%1,0941,0187.47%1.38%
Magnesia del Norte1.06%7797760.39%0.07%
Magnesia del Sur1.03%757759-0.26%-0.05%
Marcelo Alberto1.17%8638106.54%1.21%
Marilima0.46%338380-11.05%-2.21%
Pajo Baguio0.70%519544-4.60%-0.89%
Pajo San Isidro1.64%1,2081,04215.93%2.85%
Palnab del Norte2.54%1,8701,7477.04%1.30%
Palnab del Sur2.43%1,7871,60111.62%2.11%
Palta Big0.56%4104100.00%0.00%
Palta Salvacion1.60%1,1751,186-0.93%-0.18%
Palta Small1.15%84475012.53%2.27%
Rawis2.74%2,0161,8717.75%1.43%
Salvacion0.73%53745418.28%3.25%
San Isidro Village6.66%4,9054,26215.09%2.71%
San Jose0.17%122128-4.69%-0.91%
San Juan0.92%6776681.35%0.26%
San Pablo1.47%1,0851,0850.00%0.00%
San Pedro0.39%2852715.17%0.96%
San Roque1.49%1,1011,124-2.05%-0.39%
San Vicente3.01%2,2141,93314.54%2.62%
Santa Cruz1.61%1,1851,0879.02%1.66%
Santa Elena1.07%786834-5.76%-1.12%
Santo Cristo1.46%1,07893115.79%2.83%
Santo Domingo1.83%1,3501,2349.40%1.73%
Santo Niño1.94%1,4281,16023.10%4.04%
Simamla1.15%8488035.60%1.04%
Sogod‑Simamla0.39%286313-8.63%-1.70%
Sogod‑Tibgao2.49%1,8311,49522.47%3.94%
Talisoy0.69%506544-6.99%-1.37%
Tubaon1.28%94279718.19%3.23%
Valencia2.17%1,5971,36217.25%3.08%
Virac Total73,65066,95110.01%1.83%

Historical population

The population of Virac grew from 34,417 in 1960 to 73,650 in 2015, an increase of 39,233 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.83%, or an increase of 6,699 people, from the previous population of 66,951 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
34,417
35,5710.32%
38,7821.75%
40,1020.67%
45,5231.28%
49,9121.74%
57,0672.91%
64,5541.71%
66,9511.34%
73,6501.83%

Location

The municipal center of Virac is situated at approximately 13° 35' North, 124° 14' East, in the island of Catanduanes. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 6.8 meters or 22.2 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 Virac are Tabaco, Sorsogon City, Legazpi, Ligao, Iriga, and Naga. The nearest municipalities are Bato, San Miguel, San Andres, Baras, Gigmoto, and Viga. Its distance from the national capital is 368.44 kilometers (228.94 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 368.44 kilometers (228.94 miles) to the West‑Northwest (N72°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 73,650, ranked 302 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 58.84 square kilometers, ranked 742 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 483 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 395 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.83%, ranked 458 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. Postal codes are from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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