Sulu

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Sulu
Typeprovince
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Cities0
Municipalities19
Barangays410
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Celebes Sea
Area (2007)3,436.99 km2 (1,327.03 sq mi)
Population (2015)824,731
Density (2015)240 / km2 (621 / sq mi)

Sulu is a province in the Philippines situated in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao occupying the Sulu Archipelago and the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in central Mindanao. Its capital is the Municipality of Jolo.

The province has a land area of 3,436.99 square kilometers or 1,327.03 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 824,731. This represented 21.81% of the total population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 3.42% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.82% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 240 inhabitants per square kilometer or 621 inhabitants per square mile.

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Sulu is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by Sulu Sea, and Celebes Sea.

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Local government units

Sulu has 19 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 410.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2Brgy count
Banguinguimunicipality24,16117,8025.99%352.596914
Hadji Panglima Tahilmunicipality6,3755,8501.65%67.90945
Indananmunicipality80,88365,8583.99%170.7247434
Jolomunicipality, capital125,564118,3071.14%126.409938
Kalingalan Caluangmunicipality31,56726,8483.13%166.501909
Lugusmunicipality21,89719,8391.90%133.0416517
Luukmunicipality32,16229,8971.40%313.0410312
Maimbungmunicipality37,91428,4455.62%77.5048927
Old Panamaomunicipality40,99837,9331.49%107.5738131
Omarmunicipality25,11618,0986.44%no datano data8
Pandamimunicipality25,88522,4742.73%170.8915116
Panglima Estinomunicipality28,81727,7240.74%125.1023012
Pangutaranmunicipality30,61328,4611.40%258.1011916
Parangmunicipality62,17258,0281.32%258.0024140
Patamunicipality22,16314,9187.83%116.9918914
Patikulmunicipality62,28742,0367.77%330.0418930
Siasimunicipality67,70564,2291.01%192.8735150
Talipaomunicipality80,25575,1731.25%380.5721152
Tapulmunicipality18,19716,3702.03%89.1720415
Sulu Total824,731718,2902.67%3,436.99240410

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Sulu for the fiscal year of 2016 was 995,987,356.08.

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Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009617,566,316.00
2010663,067,091.007.37%
2011718,414,697.568.35%
2012684,070,615.08-4.78%
2013700,615,255.092.42%
2014775,470,739.0910.68%
2015891,007,652.1114.90%
2016995,987,356.0811.78%

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 Sulu is 5 to 9, with 120,542 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 1,370 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 115,370
1 to 499,256
5 to 9120,542
10 to 14113,736
15 to 1994,363
20 to 2466,754
25 to 2958,700
30 to 3453,748
35 to 3956,605
40 to 4447,365
45 to 4937,080
50 to 5423,845
55 to 5914,897
60 to 649,558
65 to 696,103
70 to 743,528
75 to 791,911
80 and over1,370
Total824,731

Historical population

The population of Sulu grew from 248,304 in 1960 to 824,731 in 2015, an increase of 576,427 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 2.67%, or an increase of 106,441 people, from the previous population of 718,290 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
73,914
127,9773.53%
201,3482.29%
182,295-1.01%
248,3042.75%
315,4212.37%
240,001-5.34%
360,5888.48%
469,9712.69%
536,2012.50%
619,6683.15%
849,6704.45%
718,290-5.93%
824,7312.67%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 824,731, ranked 33 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 1,327.03 square kilometers, ranked 40 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 240 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 35 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 2.67%, ranked 5 out of 81

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.
  3. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  4. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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