Cotabato City

Summary data
Typecity (independent component)
Island groupMindanao
RegionSOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)
ProvinceMaguindanao
Barangay count37
Postal code9600
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesIllana Bay [Moro Gulf, Celebes Sea]
Philippine major island(s)Mindanao
Area (2007)176.00 km2 (67.95 sq mi)
Population (2015)299,438
Density (2015)1,701 / km2 (4,407 / sq mi)
Coordinates7° 13' North, 124° 15' East (7.2208, 124.2466)
Estimated elevation above sea level11.0 meters (36.1 feet)

Cotabato is a coastal independent component city in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Although administratively independent due to its distinction as independent component city, Cotabato City is commonly grouped with the province of Maguindanao. The city serves as the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The city has a land area of 176.00 square kilometers or 67.95 square miles which constitutes of Maguindanao's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 299,438. This represented 6.59% of the total population of the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 1,701 inhabitants per square kilometer or 4,407 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Cotabato City has 37 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)
Bagua6.06%18,13718,0500.48%0.09%
Bagua I3.07%9,2067,03630.84%5.25%
Bagua II6.59%19,72019,3012.17%0.41%
Bagua III2.29%6,8476,8020.66%0.13%
Kalanganan5.02%15,01914,8101.41%0.27%
Kalanganan I1.94%5,8085,7181.57%0.30%
Kalanganan II2.00%5,9995,11517.28%3.08%
Poblacion6.92%20,73418,8579.95%1.82%
Poblacion I1.90%5,6774,46327.20%4.69%
Poblacion II2.10%6,3026,2410.98%0.19%
Poblacion III1.00%2,9852,8076.34%1.18%
Poblacion IV2.16%6,4566,4060.78%0.15%
Poblacion IX2.00%5,9985,8931.78%0.34%
Poblacion V1.03%3,0702,9294.81%0.90%
Poblacion VI1.72%5,1515,0961.08%0.20%
Poblacion VII5.25%15,71215,4851.47%0.28%
Poblacion VIII2.93%8,7866,58033.53%5.66%
Rosary Heights4.66%13,94313,0317.00%1.30%
Rosary Heights I1.31%3,9314,708-16.50%-3.38%
Rosary Heights II1.67%5,0064,7425.57%1.04%
Rosary Heights III3.60%10,7869,12318.23%3.24%
Rosary Heights IV1.46%4,3774,3041.70%0.32%
Rosary Heights IX2.61%7,8026,00829.86%5.10%
Rosary Heights V1.96%5,8703,99446.97%7.61%
Rosary Heights VI2.29%6,8465,10734.05%5.74%
Rosary Heights VII3.09%9,2577,56622.35%3.92%
Rosary Heights VIII2.85%8,5246,52330.68%5.23%
Rosary Heights X5.25%15,73213,02520.78%3.66%
Rosary Heights XI2.63%7,8646,02730.48%5.20%
Rosary Heights XII1.56%4,6644,5542.42%0.46%
Rosary Heights XIII1.65%4,9474,5009.93%1.82%
Tamontaka4.02%12,02711,6693.07%0.58%
Tamontaka I1.48%4,4233,74318.17%3.23%
Tamontaka II1.40%4,1844,0343.72%0.70%
Tamontaka III0.91%2,7302,6791.90%0.36%
Tamontaka IV1.25%3,7412,44652.94%8.43%
Tamontaka V0.39%1,1772,414-51.24%-12.78%
Cotabato City Total299,438271,78610.17%1.86%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Cotabato City for the fiscal year of 2016 was 769,359,556.60.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009498,449,827.30
2010540,398,749.128.42%
2011585,415,269.608.33%
2012529,495,428.25-9.55%
2013564,409,346.546.59%
2014619,956,546.399.84%
2015698,447,642.9112.66%
2016769,359,556.6010.15%

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 Cotabato City is 5 to 9, with 35,300 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 1,115 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 15,844
1 to 428,418
5 to 935,300
10 to 1434,431
15 to 1934,767
20 to 2429,076
25 to 2924,432
30 to 3420,446
35 to 3920,994
40 to 4417,631
45 to 4915,440
50 to 5410,834
55 to 597,892
60 to 645,444
65 to 693,765
70 to 742,320
75 to 791,289
80 and over1,115
Total299,438

Historical population

The population of Cotabato City grew from 61,184 in 1970 to 299,438 in 2015, an increase of 238,254 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.86%, or an increase of 27,652 people, from the previous population of 271,786 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
61,184
67,0971.87%
83,8714.56%
127,0654.24%
146,7792.74%
163,8492.39%
259,1536.53%
271,7861.75%
299,4381.86%

Location

The city center of Cotabato is situated at approximately 7° 13' North, 124° 15' East, in the island of Mindanao. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 11.0 meters or 36.1 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 Cotabato City are Tacurong, Marawi, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tangub, and Iligan. The nearest municipalities are Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Parang, Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan, and Pigcawayan. Its distance from the national capital is 889.90 kilometers (552.96 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 889.90 kilometers (552.96 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N23°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 299,438, ranked 40 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 67.95 square kilometers, ranked 608 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 1,701 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 89 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.86%, ranked 948 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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