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 placed the population of Romblon at 279.8 thousand, an increase of 5.83 percent from 2000. In terms of population size, it ranked fourth among the 5 provinces of Region IV-B, comprising 10.93 percent of the region’s population.
If the 2007 population were evenly distributed over its land area of 1,355.9 square kilometers, there would be about 220 persons for every square kilometer.
Average Annual Growth Rate
Between 2000 and 2007, the population grew at an average annual rate of 0.78 percent, a downtrend from the 1.67 percent registered between 1995 and 2000.
Of the population 10 years old and over in 2000, 44.76 percent were married; 44.48 percent, never married; 5.11 percent, widowed; 4.16 percent, common-law/ live-in; and 1.48 percent were either divorced/separated or the status was not determined.
In 2000, literacy rate for all persons who were 10 years old and over was registered at 94.68 percent.
Literacy rate for males was 94.68 percent and for females was 94.61 percent.
A total of 5,803 live births were registered in the province in 2004, an increase of 3.11 percent from the reported births in 2003. Most of the births occurred in September.
Registered deaths for the same year numbered 1,555; 59.36 percent were males and 40.64 percent were females. Most of the registered deaths (10.61 percent) were of ages 75 to 79, while 7.97 percent were of ages four years and below.
Reported marriages in 2004 totaled 1,723, an increase of 24.13 percent from 2003. Most marriages occurred in April (290), followed by December with a total of 270 marriages.
Table 1. Population Density and Growth Rate: Censal Years 1918-2007
Table 2. Age and Sex Composition of the Population: 1995 and 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