Masbate City, Province of Masbate

Summary data
Typecity (component)
Island groupLuzon
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
ProvinceMasbate
Barangay count30
Postal code5400
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesMasbate Pass
Philippine major island(s)Masbate
Area (2007)188.00 km2 (72.59 sq mi)
Population (2015)95,389
Density (2015)507 / km2 (1,314 / sq mi)
Coordinates12° 22' North, 123° 37' East (12.3689, 123.6205)
Estimated elevation above sea level15.4 meters (50.5 feet)

Masbate is a coastal component city in the island province of Masbate. It serves as the provincial capital.

The city has a land area of 188.00 square kilometers or 72.59 square miles which constitutes 4.53% of Masbate's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 95,389. This represented 10.69% of the total population of Masbate province, or 1.65% of the overall population of the Bicol Region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 507 inhabitants per square kilometer or 1,314 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Masbate City has 30 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)
Anas1.21%1,1521,310-12.06%-2.42%
Asid2.52%2,4001,70340.93%6.75%
B. Titong1.71%1,6351,770-7.63%-1.50%
Bagumbayan5.04%4,8064,29112.00%2.18%
Bantigue3.43%3,2723,0447.49%1.38%
Bapor1.45%1,3811,3274.07%0.76%
Batuhan2.05%1,9531,74312.05%2.19%
Bayombon2.28%2,1741,73525.30%4.39%
Biyong2.22%2,1171,88012.61%2.29%
Bolo3.48%3,3213,1545.29%0.99%
Cagay1.85%1,7691,26839.51%6.55%
Cawayan Exterior1.39%1,3301,2109.92%1.82%
Cawayan Interior0.99%94569635.78%6.00%
Centro2.08%1,9851,9193.44%0.65%
Espinosa6.02%5,7414,26834.51%5.81%
F. Magallanes3.55%3,3873,1746.71%1.24%
Ibingay7.49%7,1446,8364.51%0.84%
Igang1.86%1,7711,18249.83%8.00%
Kalipay2.04%1,9441,64318.32%3.25%
Kinamaligan6.20%5,9175,6734.30%0.81%
Malinta4.35%4,1533,13232.60%5.52%
Mapiña1.62%1,5431,30917.88%3.18%
Mayngaran3.84%3,6642,67137.18%6.20%
Nursery12.71%12,12510,82012.06%2.19%
Pating3.65%3,4804,410-21.09%-4.41%
Pawa2.36%2,2531,96214.83%2.67%
Sinalongan1.17%1,1141,238-10.02%-1.99%
Tugbo7.16%6,8336,3068.36%1.54%
Ubongan Dacu1.33%1,26785049.06%7.90%
Usab2.95%2,8132,7034.07%0.76%
Masbate City Total95,38985,22711.92%2.17%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Masbate City for the fiscal year of 2016 was 469,166,590.60.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009306,786,951.30
2010335,792,782.279.45%
2011365,794,744.858.93%
2012324,802,333.14-11.21%
2013347,905,778.717.11%
2014382,895,977.4610.06%
2015453,640,144.8118.48%
2016469,166,590.603.42%

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 Masbate City is 5 to 9, with 12,372 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 584 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 12,308
1 to 410,280
5 to 912,372
10 to 1412,039
15 to 1910,429
20 to 248,588
25 to 296,743
30 to 345,738
35 to 395,354
40 to 444,521
45 to 494,385
50 to 543,670
55 to 593,014
60 to 642,090
65 to 691,484
70 to 741,029
75 to 79761
80 and over584
Total95,389

Historical population

The population of Masbate City grew from 31,613 in 1960 to 95,389 in 2015, an increase of 63,776 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.17%, or an increase of 10,162 people, from the previous population of 85,227 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
31,613
45,5913.65%
46,7280.50%
52,9442.53%
58,7141.04%
66,0492.23%
71,4411.70%
81,5851.85%
85,2271.60%
95,3892.17%

Location

The city center of Masbate is situated at approximately 12° 22' North, 123° 37' East, in the island of Masbate. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 15.4 meters or 50.5 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 Masbate City are Sorsogon City, Legazpi, Ligao, Tabaco, Calbayog, and Iriga. The nearest municipalities are Mobo, Baleno, Batuan, San Fernando, Milagros, and Uson. Its distance from the national capital is 377.02 kilometers (234.27 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Mobo, Masbate, 5.37 kilometers (3.34 miles) to the Southeast (S51°E)
  • Baleno, Masbate, 17.71 kilometers (11.00 miles) to the Northwest (N49°W)
  • Batuan, Masbate, 18.44 kilometers (11.46 miles) to the East‑Northeast (N72°E)
  • San Fernando, Masbate, 19.98 kilometers (12.41 miles) to the Northeast (N50°E)
  • Milagros, Masbate, 20.67 kilometers (12.84 miles) to the Southwest (S36°W)
  • Uson, Masbate, 23.80 kilometers (14.79 miles) to the Southeast (S48°E)

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 377.02 kilometers (234.27 miles) to the Northwest (N49°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 95,389, ranked 175 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 72.59 square kilometers, ranked 568 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 507 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 355 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.17%, ranked 291 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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