Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Typeregion
Island groupMindanao
Provinces5
Cities2
Municipalities116
Barangays2,490
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Celebes Sea
Population (2015)3,781,387

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, officially designated as ARMM, is an administrative region in the Philippines grouped under the Mindanao island group. It covers 5 provinces, namely, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi‑Tawi. The regional center is the City of Cotabato.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 3,781,387. This represented 15.67% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 3.74% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN, the Moro Gulf, Celebes Sea, and the Sulu Sea.

details
Map of the Autonomous Region in Muslim MindanaoMap of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesBasilan (except Isabela City)Lanao del SurMaguindanaoSuluTawi-Tawi

Local government units

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has 5 provinces, 116 municipalities, and 2 cities. The total number of barangays in the region is 2,490.

details
NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2City countMun countBrgy count
Basilanprovince346,579293,3223.23%3,224.47107211243
Lanao del Surprovince1,045,429933,2602.18%13,494.37771391,159
Maguindanaoprovince1,173,933944,7184.22%9,729.04121036506
Suluprovince824,731718,2902.67%3,436.99240019410
Tawi-Tawiprovince390,715366,5501.22%3,626.55108011203
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Total3,781,3873,256,1402.89%no datano data21162,490

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is 5 to 9, with 554,328 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 8,480 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 186,505
1 to 4450,628
5 to 9554,328
10 to 14499,563
15 to 19421,440
20 to 24326,083
25 to 29288,777
30 to 34248,383
35 to 39245,007
40 to 44202,072
45 to 49163,536
50 to 54109,924
55 to 5972,993
60 to 6446,744
65 to 6929,876
70 to 7417,560
75 to 799,488
80 and over8,480
Total3,781,387

Historical population

The population of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao grew from 1,205,427 in 1960 to 3,781,387 in 2015, an increase of 2,575,960 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.89%, or an increase of 525,247 people, from the previous population of 3,256,140 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
195,374
313,8943.04%
527,8612.63%
697,9272.91%
1,205,4274.92%
1,405,2301.51%
1,417,3270.17%
1,564,4011.99%
2,108,0613.03%
2,362,3002.16%
2,803,0453.74%
4,120,7955.46%
3,256,140-8.22%
3,781,3872.89%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 3,781,387, ranked 12 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.89%, ranked 1 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.
(Back to top)