Tacloban

Summary data
Typecity (highly urbanized)
Island groupVisayas
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
ProvinceLeyte
Barangay count138
Postal code6500
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesLeyte Gulf [Philippine Sea], San Juanico Strait
Philippine major island(s)Leyte
Area (2007)201.72 km2 (77.88 sq mi)
Population (2015)242,089
Density (2015)1,200 / km2 (3,108 / sq mi)
Coordinates11° 15' North, 125° 0' East (11.2430, 125.0081)
Estimated elevation above sea level14.6 meters (47.9 feet)

Tacloban is a coastal highly urbanized city in the Eastern Visayas region. Although administratively independent due to its distinction as highly urbanized city, Tacloban is commonly grouped with the province of Leyte. The highly urbanized city also serves as the provincial capital as well as the regional center of Eastern Visayas.

The city has a land area of 201.72 square kilometers or 77.88 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 242,089. This represented 5.45% of the total population of the Eastern Visayas region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometer or 3,108 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

Tacloban has 138 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)
Tacloban Total242,089221,1749.46%1.74%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of Tacloban for the fiscal year of 2016 was 923,154,750.98.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
2009617,815,601.65
2010661,554,693.387.08%
2011730,158,097.0710.37%
2012758,715,625.413.91%
2013694,072,835.53-8.52%
2014691,108,122.20-0.43%
2015814,202,295.0617.81%
2016923,154,750.9813.38%

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 Tacloban is 15 to 19, with 28,507 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 1,604 individuals.

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Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 15,678
1 to 420,747
5 to 924,713
10 to 1424,517
15 to 1928,507
20 to 2425,677
25 to 2920,350
30 to 3417,469
35 to 3914,890
40 to 4412,944
45 to 4911,731
50 to 5410,281
55 to 598,316
60 to 646,106
65 to 694,232
70 to 742,627
75 to 791,700
80 and over1,604
Total242,089

Historical population

The population of Tacloban grew from 53,551 in 1960 to 242,089 in 2015, an increase of 188,538 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.74%, or an increase of 20,915 people, from the previous population of 221,174 in 2010.

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Census datePopulationGrowth rate
53,551
76,5313.55%
80,7071.07%
102,5234.90%
136,8912.93%
167,3103.83%
178,6391.41%
218,1442.79%
221,1740.50%
242,0891.74%

Location

The city center of Tacloban is situated at approximately 11° 15' North, 125° 0' East, in the island of Leyte. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 14.6 meters or 47.9 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 Tacloban are Ormoc, Catbalogan, Borongan, Baybay, Calbayog, and Bogo. The nearest municipalities are Basey, Palo, Santa Fe, Tanauan, Pastrana, and Alangalang. Its distance from the national capital is 572.87 kilometers (355.97 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

  • Basey, Samar, 8.01 kilometers (4.98 miles) to the East‑Northeast (N57°E)
  • Palo, Leyte, 9.39 kilometers (5.83 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S12°W)
  • Santa Fe, Leyte, 11.94 kilometers (7.42 miles) to the West‑Southwest (S58°W)
  • Tanauan, Leyte, 14.84 kilometers (9.22 miles) to the South (S5°E)
  • Pastrana, Leyte, 17.77 kilometers (11.04 miles) to the Southwest (S48°W)
  • Alangalang, Leyte, 18.19 kilometers (11.30 miles) to the West‑Southwest (S77°W)

Nearest cities

  • Ormoc, Leyte, 51.10 kilometers (31.76 miles) to the West‑Southwest (S59°W)
  • Catbalogan, Samar, 60.45 kilometers (37.56 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N13°W)
  • Borongan, Eastern Samar, 61.75 kilometers (38.37 miles) to the Northeast (N48°E)
  • Baybay, Leyte, 66.71 kilometers (41.45 miles) to the South‑Southwest (S20°W)
  • Calbayog, Samar, 101.68 kilometers (63.18 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N26°W)
  • Bogo, Cebu, 110.93 kilometers (68.93 miles) to the West (S79°W)

Distance from Manila: 572.87 kilometers (355.97 miles) to the Northwest (N49°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 242,089, ranked 50 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 77.88 square kilometers, ranked 520 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 128 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.74%, ranked 1,234 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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