Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Eastern Visayas
Typeregion
Island groupVisayas
Provinces6
Cities7
Municipalities136
Barangays4,390
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Samar Sea, Camotes Sea, Visayan Sea, Bohol Sea, Surigao Strait, Canigao Channel, San Bernardino Strait
Population (2015)4,440,150

Eastern Visayas, officially designated as Region VIII, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the eastern section of the Visayas. It covers 6 provinces, namely, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte, as well as 1 highly urbanized city. The regional center is the City of Tacloban.

Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 4,440,150. This represented 22.92% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 4.40% of the entire population of the Philippines.

Map

Eastern Visayas is bordered, clockwise from the Northeast, by the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, Surigao Strait, Bohol Sea, Canigao Channel, Camotes Sea, Visayan Sea, Samar Sea, Ticao Pass, and the San Bernardino Strait.

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Map of Eastern VisayasMap of Eastern Visayas highlighting its regional center, component provinces and their capitals, and nearby major citiesBiliranEastern SamarLeyteNorthern SamarSamarSouthern LeyteTacloban, a highly urbanized city and the regional center

Local government units

Eastern Visayas has 6 provinces, 136 municipalities, and 7 cities (1 of which is a highly urbanized city administered independently from any province). The total number of barangays in the region is 4,390.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2City countMun countBrgy count
Eastern Samarprovince467,160428,8771.64%4,660.47100122597
Leyteprovince1,724,6791,567,9841.83%6,515.052652401,503
Taclobancity (HUC), capital, regional center242,089221,1741.74%201.721,200138
Northern Samarprovince632,379589,0131.36%3,692.93171024569
Samarprovince780,481733,3771.19%6,048.03129224951
Southern Leyteprovince421,750399,1371.05%1,798.61234118500
Biliranprovince171,612161,7601.13%536.0132008132
Eastern Visayas Total4,440,1504,101,3221.52%no datano data71364,390

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Eastern Visayas is 10 to 14, with 513,551 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 42,948 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 195,543
1 to 4403,530
5 to 9508,998
10 to 14513,551
15 to 19487,753
20 to 24393,853
25 to 29313,629
30 to 34273,749
35 to 39257,230
40 to 44236,541
45 to 49219,637
50 to 54190,622
55 to 59161,670
60 to 64125,877
65 to 6997,164
70 to 7470,118
75 to 7947,737
80 and over42,948
Total4,440,150

Historical population

The population of Eastern Visayas grew from 2,040,966 in 1960 to 4,440,150 in 2015, an increase of 2,399,184 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.52%, or an increase of 338,828 people, from the previous population of 4,101,322 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
655,159
977,5252.56%
1,462,1592.03%
1,764,1031.94%
2,040,9661.29%
2,381,4091.52%
2,599,7281.78%
2,799,5341.49%
3,054,4900.88%
3,366,9171.84%
3,610,3551.51%
3,915,1401.12%
4,101,3221.71%
4,440,1501.52%

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 4,440,150, ranked 11 out of 17
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.52%, ranked 9 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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