Jolo, Province of Sulu

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupMindanao
RegionAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
ProvinceSulu
Barangay count8
Postal code7400
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea
Philippine major island(s)Jolo
Area (2007)126.40 km2 (48.80 sq mi)
Population (2015)125,564
Density (2015)993 / km2 (2,573 / sq mi)
Coordinates6° 3' North, 121° 0' East (6.0536, 121.0002)
Estimated elevation above sea level6.6 meters (21.5 feet)

Jolo is a coastal municipality in the island province of Sulu. It serves as the provincial capital.

The municipality has a land area of 126.40 square kilometers or 48.80 square miles which constitutes 3.68% of Sulu's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 125,564. This represented 15.22% of the total population of Sulu province, or 3.32% of the overall population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 993 inhabitants per square kilometer or 2,573 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Jolo has 8 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)
Alat8.18%10,2778,70518.06%3.21%
Asturias18.39%23,08519,61417.70%3.15%
Bus‑bus29.19%36,65036,6220.08%0.01%
Chinese Pier5.24%6,5756,5710.06%0.01%
San Raymundo12.86%16,14315,8022.16%0.41%
Takut‑takut5.97%7,5007,4221.05%0.20%
Tulay11.06%13,89113,2914.51%0.84%
Walled City9.11%11,44310,28011.31%2.06%
Jolo Total125,564118,3076.13%1.14%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Jolo for the fiscal year of 2016 was 194,192,459.56.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009126,897,471.02
2010134,452,135.085.95%
2011144,658,668.897.59%
2012141,557,283.18-2.14%
2013133,375,361.97-5.78%
2014154,867,550.1516.11%
2015175,269,288.2513.17%
2016194,192,459.5610.80%

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 Jolo is 5 to 9, with 17,260 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 225 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 12,418
1 to 414,380
5 to 917,260
10 to 1416,436
15 to 1915,799
20 to 2412,311
25 to 299,678
30 to 347,774
35 to 397,393
40 to 446,166
45 to 495,398
50 to 544,012
55 to 592,684
60 to 641,793
65 to 691,057
70 to 74530
75 to 79250
80 and over225
Total125,564

Historical population

The population of Jolo grew from 33,259 in 1960 to 125,564 in 2015, an increase of 92,305 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.14%, or an increase of 7,257 people, from the previous population of 118,307 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
33,259
46,5863.35%
37,623-4.20%
52,4296.86%
53,0550.12%
76,9487.21%
87,9982.92%
140,3076.65%
118,307-6.02%
125,5641.14%

Location

The municipal center of Jolo is situated at approximately 6° 3' North, 121° 0' East, in the island of Jolo. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 6.6 meters or 21.5 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 Jolo are Isabela City, Lamitan, Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Tangub, and Dipolog. The nearest municipalities are Hadji Panglima Tahil, Indanan, Patikul, Maimbung, Talipao, and Parang. Its distance from the national capital is 944.30 kilometers (586.76 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu, 7.33 kilometers (4.56 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N31°W)
  • Indanan, Sulu, 9.47 kilometers (5.88 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S20°W)
  • Patikul, Sulu, 12.44 kilometers (7.73 miles) to the East‑Northeast (N72°E)
  • Maimbung, Sulu, 13.89 kilometers (8.63 miles) to the South‑Southeast (S12°E)
  • Talipao, Sulu, 14.74 kilometers (9.16 miles) to the Southeast (S54°E)
  • Parang, Sulu, 18.78 kilometers (11.67 miles) to the Southwest (S34°W)

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 944.30 kilometers (586.76 miles) to the North (N0°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 125,564, ranked 99 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 48.80 square kilometers, ranked 807 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 993 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 155 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.14%, ranked 1,632 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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