This section contains population data and vital statistics. Population data were gathered from private as well as collective households. A private household consists of a group of persons who sleep in the same dwelling unit and have a common arrangement for the preparation and consumption of food.  Persons who sleep with a household but individually cook their meals or eat elsewhere are considered separate households. Collective households consist of persons living in collective living quarters such as welfare institutions, penal and corrective institutions, dormitories, military camps and lodging houses.

     While a complete count of the population was made, data on other population characteristics such as language or dialect generally spoken at home, school attendance, literacy and economic activity of the person were collected on a sampling basis.  All persons were enumerated in their usual place of residence, the geographic place where the enumerated person usually resides.

     Vital statistics, on the other hand, are facts related to births, deaths, fetal deaths and marriages collected systematically by civil registration and compiled numerically by local and national offices involved.  It must be noted that the data were based on the documents filed and no data adjustments for under-registration were made.

     The National Statistics Office is responsible for the collection, compilation, and dissemination of population data and vital documents.


     Results of the 2007 Census of population and Housing placed the population of Palawan at 892,660, an increase of 137,248 or 18.17 percent from 2000. In terms of population, it ranked 1st among the 5 provinces of the region IV-B comprising 34.87 percent of the region’s population.


     Excluding Puerto Pricesa City, population density of the province was 46 persons per square kilometer. Puerto Princesa City alone had a population density of 88 persons per square kilometer.

Average Annual Growth Rate

     Between 2000 and 2007, the population growth rate of the province, excluding Puerto Princesa City was at a mean annual rate of 1.94 percent. In Puerto Princesa City however, the population grew at a mean annual rate of 3.68 percent.

Age-sex Composition

     In 2000, 41.52 percent of the total household population of the province were 14 years old and below. On the other hand, productive age group (15-64 years old) comprised 55.55 percent of the total population. Only 2.93 percent were in the older age group (65 years and over).

 Marital Status

     Of the population 10 years old and over in 2000, 44.85 percent were married; 42.47 percent, never married; 3.56 percent, widowed; 0.68 percent, either divorced/separated; and 8.44 percent were either common law/live-in or the status was not determined.

 Literacy Rate

     Literacy rate for all persons in private households who were 10 years old and over in 2000 was registered at 87.52 percent.

     There were almost the same number of literate males and females, as indicated by their literacy rates of 87.83 percent and 87.18 percent, respectively.


     By 2004, a total of 12,115 live births were registered in the province. Most births occurred on the month of January totaling 1,121 while July had the least number of births with 920.

     Births attended to by unlicensed midwives comprised 59.96 percent of the total number of births; births attended to by physicians, 22.70 percent; midwives, 15.20 percent; nurses, 1.58 percent; others, 0.44 percent; and births attended was not stated comprised 0.12 percent.


     Registered deaths for the same year numbered 2,298; 65.36 percent were males and 34.64 percent were females. By age group, most of the registered deaths were 70-74 years old (9.18 percent) followed by those aged 65-69 years old (8.79 percent); and 75-79 years old, 8.49 percent.


     In 2000, the number of reported marriages in the province totaled 5,433. Most couples were married on the month of April while September had the least number of marriages with 872 and 119, respectively.            

Related Tables...

Table 1-2. Population Density and Growth Rate: Censal Years 1918-2007
                 Population and Household Projections: 2000-2020
Table 3. Age and Sex Composition of the Population: 1995 ana 2000
Table 5. Population and Sex Ratio by Municipality: 1995, 2000 and 2007
Table 6a. Population 10 Years Old and Over by Age Group by Marital Status: 2000
         6b. Percent Distribution of Population 10 Years Old and Over by Age Group by Marital Status: 1995
Table 7. Literacy of Household Population 10 Years Old and Over by Age Group and Sex: 2000
Table 8a. Population 7 Years Old and Over by Sex, Age and Highest Educational Attainment: 2000
Table 8b. Percent Distribution of Population 7 Years Old and Over by Sex, Age and Highest Educational Attainment: 1995
Table 9. Live Births by Month of Occurrence: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 10. Registered Births by Type of Attendance: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 11. Deaths by Sex and Age Group: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 12. Registered Deaths by Type of Attendance: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 13. Foetal Deaths by Type of Attendance: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 14. Infant Deaths by Age and Sex: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Table 15. Maternal Deaths by Age Group: 1999-2000 and 2002-2004
Table 16. Marriages by Month of Occurrence: 1999-2000 and 2002-2004

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