Western Visayas (Region VI)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Western Visayas
Typeregion
Island groupVisayas
Provinces6
Cities16
Municipalities117
Barangays4,051
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSulu Sea, Sibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea, Tañon Strait
Population (2015)7,536,383

Western Visayas, officially designated as Region VI, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the western section of the Visayas. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, as well as 2 highly urbanized cities. The regional center is the City of Iloilo.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 7,536,383. This represented 38.90% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 7.46% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Western Visayas is bordered, clockwise from the North, by the Sibuyan Sea, Jintotolo Channel, Visayan Sea, Tañon Strait, Central Visayas, Sulu Sea, and the Tablas Strait.

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Map of Western VisayasMap of Western Visayas highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesAklanAntiqueCapizGuimarasIloiloNegros OccidentalBacolod, a highly urbanized cityIloilo City, a highly urbanized city and the regional center

Local government units

Western Visayas has 6 provinces, 117 municipalities, and 16 cities (2 of which are highly urbanized cities administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 4,051.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2City countMun countBrgy count
Aklanprovince574,823535,7251.35%1,821.42316017327
Antiqueprovince582,012546,0311.22%2,729.17213018590
Capizprovince761,384719,6851.08%2,594.64293116473
Guimarasprovince174,613162,9431.33%604.572890598
Iloiloprovince1,936,4231,805,5761.34%5,079.173811421,721
Negros Occidentalprovince2,497,2612,396,0390.79%7,965.213141219601
Bacolodcity (HUC), capital561,875511,8201.79%162.673,45461
Iloilo Citycity (HUC), capital, regional center447,992424,6191.03%78.345,719180
Western Visayas Total7,536,3837,102,4381.14%no datano data161174,051

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Western Visayas is 5 to 9, with 786,406 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 87,558 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1145,425
1 to 4619,015
5 to 9786,406
10 to 14767,684
15 to 19747,712
20 to 24687,080
25 to 29596,409
30 to 34522,127
35 to 39473,384
40 to 44423,809
45 to 49399,381
50 to 54353,754
55 to 59301,886
60 to 64240,535
65 to 69171,973
70 to 74121,228
75 to 7991,017
80 and over87,558
Total7,536,383

Historical population

The population of Western Visayas grew from 3,078,305 in 1960 to 7,536,383 in 2015, an increase of 4,458,078 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.14%, or an increase of 433,945 people, from the previous population of 7,102,438 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
1,083,474
1,347,2491.39%
2,173,5792.42%
2,530,5171.57%
3,078,3051.74%
3,618,3261.59%
4,146,3902.77%
4,525,6151.77%
5,393,3331.77%
5,776,9381.30%
6,211,0381.57%
6,843,6431.35%
7,102,4381.36%
7,536,3831.14%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 7,536,383, ranked 4 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.14%, ranked 16 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.
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