Samar

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Samar
Typeprovince
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Cities2
Municipalities24
Barangays951
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Samar Sea
Area (2007)6,048.03 km2 (2,335.16 sq mi)
Population (2015)780,481
Density (2015)129 / km2 (334 / sq mi)

Samar is a province in the Philippines situated in the Eastern Visayas region occupying the eastern section of the Visayas. Its capital is the City of Catbalogan.

The province has a land area of 6,048.03 square kilometers or 2,335.16 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 780,481. This represented 17.58% of the total population of the Eastern Visayas region, 4.03% of the overall population of the Visayas island group, or 0.77% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 129 inhabitants per square kilometer or 334 inhabitants per square mile.

Map

Samar is bordered, clockwise from the North, by Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte Gulf, San Juanico Strait, and the Samar Sea.

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Local government units

Samar has 24 municipalities and 2 cities. The total number of barangays in the province is 951.

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NameTypePopulation (2015)Population (2010)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)Area (2007), in km2Density (2015), per km2Brgy count
Almagromunicipality8,94211,024-3.91%51.3617423
Baseymunicipality55,48050,4231.84%513.0110851
Calbayogcity (CC)183,851172,7781.19%880.74209157
Calbigamunicipality22,98221,4341.34%283.708141
Catbalogancity (CC), capital103,87994,3171.86%274.2237957
Darammunicipality42,87941,3220.71%140.2630658
Gandaramunicipality34,43431,9431.44%573.496069
Hinabanganmunicipality13,67312,6511.49%460.083021
Jiabongmunicipality18,34217,0751.37%67.7027134
Marabutmunicipality16,96215,1152.22%143.5511824
Matuguinaomunicipality7,2886,7461.48%172.514220
Motiongmunicipality15,15614,8290.42%174.408730
Pagsanghanmunicipality7,9458,024-0.19%30.0026513
Paranasmunicipality30,55729,3270.79%556.125544
Pinabacdaomunicipality18,25216,2082.29%183.0610024
San Jorgemunicipality17,18416,3400.96%241.207141
San Jose de Buanmunicipality7,7696,5633.26%366.902114
San Sebastianmunicipality8,0577,7080.85%39.0720614
Santa Margaritamunicipality26,34824,8501.12%129.1220436
Santa Ritamunicipality41,59138,0821.69%411.7710138
Santo Niñomunicipality12,86313,504-0.92%29.5343613
Tagapul-anmunicipality8,4737,8281.52%28.7029514
Talaloramunicipality8,0577,9830.18%27.9628811
Tarangnanmunicipality24,99224,1460.66%132.4918941
Villarealmunicipality28,23026,2211.42%98.5428638
Zumarragamunicipality16,29516,936-0.73%38.5542325
Samar Total780,481733,3771.19%6,048.03129951

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Samar for the fiscal year of 2016 was 1,293,561,381.71.

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Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009758,453,326.97
2010808,652,543.726.62%
2011871,231,899.467.74%
2012831,487,497.78-4.56%
2013922,294,199.3710.92%
20141,036,418,575.5412.37%
20151,181,203,656.3513.97%
20161,293,561,381.719.51%

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  • 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 Samar is 10 to 14, with 96,908 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 6,843 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 117,270
1 to 473,319
5 to 991,904
10 to 1496,908
15 to 1990,855
20 to 2469,321
25 to 2952,016
30 to 3445,309
35 to 3943,644
40 to 4442,076
45 to 4938,158
50 to 5431,533
55 to 5926,124
60 to 6420,049
65 to 6915,555
70 to 7411,773
75 to 797,824
80 and over6,843
Total780,481

Historical population

The population of Samar grew from 368,823 in 1960 to 780,481 in 2015, an increase of 411,658 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.19%, or an increase of 47,104 people, from the previous population of 733,377 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
118,912
168,6682.23%
236,9091.71%
331,5213.51%
368,8230.94%
442,2441.79%
478,3781.59%
501,4390.95%
533,7330.63%
589,3731.88%
641,1241.82%
695,1491.12%
733,3771.97%
780,4811.19%

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in Samar as classified by the Department of Public Works and Highways are:

Primary Roads

  • Daang Maharlika (SM) (San Isidro-San Juanico Bridge)

Secondary Roads

  • Basey-Marabut-Pinamitinan Road
  • Buri Access Road
  • Calbayog Old National Route
  • Calbayog-Catarman Road
  • Dolongan-Basey Road
  • San Juanico-Basey-Sohoton Road
  • Wright-Taft-Borongan Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Bagacay Old Route
  • Basey Old Route
  • Calbayog Diversion Road
  • Catbalogan Diversion Road
  • Dimakiling-JP Rizal Street
  • Gandara Diversion Road
  • Gandara Old Route
  • Gomez Extension
  • Gomez Street
  • Hinabangan Diversion Road
  • J. Luna Street
  • Motiong Old Route
  • Navarro Street
  • Parasanon Old Route
  • Rueda Street
  • San Jorge Old Route
  • Santa Margarita Old Route
  • Wright Old Route

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 780,481, ranked 37 out of 81
  • Land area (2007): 2,335.16 square kilometers, ranked 13 out of 81
  • Population density (2015): 129 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 59 out of 81
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.19%, ranked 55 out of 81

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.
  3. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  4. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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