Akbar, Province of Basilan

Summary data
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Barangay count9
Marine waterbodiesCelebes Sea
Area (2007)38.76 km2 (14.97 sq mi)
Population (2015)17,531
Density (2015)452 / km2 (1,171 / sq mi)
Coordinates6° 40' North, 122° 11' East (6.6654, 122.1854)
Estimated elevation above sea level12.9 meters (42.2 feet)

Akbar is a coastal municipality in the island province of Basilan.

The municipality has a land area of 38.76 square kilometers or 14.97 square miles which constitutes 1.20% of Basilan's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 17,531. This represented 5.06% of the total population of Basilan province, or 0.46% of the overall population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 452 inhabitants per square kilometer or 1,171 inhabitants per square mile.


Akbar has 9 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)
Lower Bato‑bato10.40%1,8231,885-3.29%-0.63%
Upper Bato‑bato6.23%1,09364270.25%10.66%
Upper Sinangkapan12.18%2,1351,68426.78%4.62%
Akbar Total17,53113,36931.13%5.30%

Historical population

The population of Akbar fell from 21,312 in 2007 to 17,531 in 2015, a decrease of 3,781 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 5.30%, or an increase of 4,162 people, from the previous population of 13,369 in 2010.

Census datePopulationGrowth rate


The municipal center of Akbar is situated at approximately 6° 40' North, 122° 11' East, in the island of Basilan. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 12.9 meters or 42.2 feet above mean sea level.


Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to Akbar are Lamitan, Isabela City, Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Tangub, and Cotabato City. The nearest municipalities are Tuburan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Tipo-Tipo, Al-Barka, Ungkaya Pukan, and Sumisip. Its distance from the national capital is 886.49 kilometers (550.84 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 886.49 kilometers (550.84 miles) to the North (N8°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 17,531, ranked 1,335 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 14.97 square kilometers, ranked 1,487 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 452 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 431 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 5.30%, ranked 33 out of 1,634


  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
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