Merida, Province of Leyte

Summary data
Typemunicipality
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
ProvinceLeyte
Barangay count22
Postal code6540
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesCamotes Sea
Philippine major island(s)Leyte
Area (2007)95.21 km2 (36.76 sq mi)
Population (2015)29,863
Density (2015)314 / km2 (812 / sq mi)
Coordinates10° 55' North, 124° 32' East (10.9088, 124.5380)
Estimated elevation above sea level7.5 meters (24.7 feet)

Merida is a coastal municipality in the province of Leyte.

The municipality has a land area of 95.21 square kilometers or 36.76 square miles which constitutes 1.51% of Leyte's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 29,863. This represented 1.73% of the total population of Leyte province, or 0.67% of the overall population of the Eastern Visayas region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 314 inhabitants per square kilometer or 812 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Merida has 22 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)
Binabaye4.20%1,25384049.17%7.91%
Cabaliwan3.05%9129031.00%0.19%
Calunangan3.60%1,0761,0205.49%1.02%
Calunasan2.54%7587343.27%0.61%
Cambalong2.63%785801-2.00%-0.38%
Canbantug3.85%1,1491,00913.88%2.50%
Can‑unzo3.67%1,09694715.73%2.82%
Casilda6.95%2,0741,9118.53%1.57%
Lamanoc7.65%2,2851,93118.33%3.26%
Libas7.38%2,2042,1641.85%0.35%
Libjo4.97%1,4831,33710.92%1.99%
Lundag2.26%6756385.80%1.08%
Macario3.59%1,07193314.79%2.66%
Mahalit4.39%1,3101,2167.73%1.43%
Mahayag2.36%7056567.47%1.38%
Masumbang2.41%72063713.03%2.36%
Mat‑e1.86%5555491.09%0.21%
Poblacion13.36%3,9903,8812.81%0.53%
Puerto Bello13.74%4,1023,43619.38%3.43%
San Isidro2.37%708729-2.88%-0.55%
San Jose1.65%4934900.61%0.12%
Tubod1.54%459462-0.65%-0.12%
Merida Total29,86327,2249.69%1.78%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Merida for the fiscal year of 2016 was 76,939,964.35.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
200943,761,983.26
201047,319,292.778.13%
201146,428,503.10-1.88%
201248,988,377.445.51%
201354,111,426.9810.46%
201460,690,046.3312.16%
201569,647,099.5714.76%
201676,939,964.3510.47%

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 Merida is 5 to 9, with 3,086 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 347 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 1522
1 to 42,508
5 to 93,086
10 to 142,945
15 to 192,779
20 to 242,644
25 to 292,383
30 to 342,035
35 to 391,827
40 to 441,701
45 to 491,571
50 to 541,489
55 to 591,309
60 to 641,065
65 to 69776
70 to 74526
75 to 79350
80 and over347
Total29,863

Historical population

The population of Merida grew from 16,065 in 1960 to 29,863 in 2015, an increase of 13,798 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.78%, or an increase of 2,639 people, from the previous population of 27,224 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
16,065
16,8770.48%
18,0271.33%
18,8380.88%
22,3451.72%
23,8221.21%
25,3261.32%
26,2850.51%
27,2241.29%
29,8631.78%

Location

The municipal center of Merida is situated at approximately 10° 55' North, 124° 32' East, in the island of Leyte. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 7.5 meters or 24.7 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 Merida are Ormoc, Baybay, Bogo, Tacloban, Danao, and Mandaue. The nearest municipalities are Isabel, Pilar, Albuera, Palompon, Matag-ob, and Kananga. Its distance from the national capital is 561.37 kilometers (348.82 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Isabel, Leyte, 11.05 kilometers (6.86 miles) to the West (N81°W)
  • Pilar, Cebu, 11.72 kilometers (7.29 miles) to the South‑Southeast (S15°E)
  • Albuera, Leyte, 17.29 kilometers (10.74 miles) to the East (N87°E)
  • Palompon, Leyte, 22.74 kilometers (14.13 miles) to the Northwest (N46°W)
  • Matag-ob, Leyte, 27.24 kilometers (16.93 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N15°W)
  • Kananga, Leyte, 30.67 kilometers (19.06 miles) to the North (N5°E)

Nearest cities

  • Ormoc, Leyte, 13.02 kilometers (8.09 miles) to the Northeast (N36°E)
  • Baybay, Leyte, 38.20 kilometers (23.74 miles) to the Southeast (S48°E)
  • Bogo, Cebu, 59.77 kilometers (37.14 miles) to the West‑Northwest (N74°W)
  • Tacloban, 63.28 kilometers (39.32 miles) to the Northeast (N54°E)
  • Danao, Cebu, 70.49 kilometers (43.80 miles) to the Southwest (S52°W)
  • Mandaue, 91.76 kilometers (57.01 miles) to the Southwest (S45°W)

Distance from Manila: 561.37 kilometers (348.82 miles) to the Northwest (N43°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 29,863, ranked 907 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 36.76 square kilometers, ranked 1,036 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 314 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 604 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.78%, ranked 69 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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