Population of Region VII - Central Visayas (Based on the 2015 Census of Population)

Reference Number: 

2016-071

Release Date: 

Monday, June 6, 2016
  • The population of Region VII (Central Visayas) as of August 1, 2015 was 6,041,903 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

Table 1. Population of Region VII - Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
(in millions)
2000 May 1, 2000 4.58
2010 May 1, 2010 5.51
2015 August 1, 2015 6.04
  • The 2015 population of the region is higher by 528,389 compared with the population of 5.51 million in 2010, and by 1,465,038 compared with the population of 4.58 million in 2000.  Refer to Table 1.
  • The population of Region VII increased by 1.76 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the region’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.88 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate:
Region VII - Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-2015 1.76
2000-2010 1.88
  • Among the three provinces comprising the region, Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) had the biggest population in 2015 with 2.94 million, followed by Bohol with 1.31 million. Siquijor had the smallest population with 96 thousand. Refer to Table 3.
  • The region has three highly urbanized cities (HUCs). Among these HUCs, Cebu City was the most populous with 923 thousand persons, followed by Lapu-Lapu City (408 thousand), and Mandaue City (363 thousand).
  • The total population of Region VII accounted for about 6.0 percent of the Philippine population in 2015. 
Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City: Region VII - Central Visayas 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Bohol 1,139 1,255 1,314
Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) 2,161 2,619 2,939
Cebu City 719 866 923
Lapu-Lapu City 217 350 408
Mandaue City 260 331 363
Siquijor 82 91 96
  • Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.22 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by Siquijor (1.01 percent) and Bohol (0.87 percent). See Table 4.
  • Lapu-Lapu City was the fastest growing HUC in the province with a PGR of 2.94 percent, followed by Mandaue City (1.73 percent), and Cebu City (1.21 percent).
Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 
Region VII - Central Visayas 
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population Growth Rate
2010-2015 2000-2010
Bohol 0.87 0.97
Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) 2.22 1.94
Cebu City 1.21 1.88
Lapu-Lapu City 2.94 4.91
Mandaue City 1.73 2.46
Siquijor 1.01 1.10
  • Region VII is composed of three highly urbanized cities, seven component cities, 97 municipalities, and 2,446 barangays.
  • Among the cities (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is the City of Talisay, Cebu with 227,645 persons. It was followed by Toledo City, Cebu (170,335) and Danao City, Cebu (136,471). The rest of the top ten most populous cities/municipalities in Region VII are located in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Refer to Table 5.
Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous Cities*/Municipalities: Region VII - Central Visayas, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 City of Talisay Cebu 227,645
2 Toledo City Cebu 170,335
3 Danao City Cebu 136,471
4 Minglanilla Cebu 132,135
5 Consolacion Cebu 131,528
6 City of Carcar Cebu 119,664
7 Liloan Cebu 118,753
8 City of Naga Cebu 115,750
9 Tagbilaran City Bohol 105,051
10 Balamban Cebu 87,177

                      * Excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City

  • Enrique Villanueva in Siquijor is the least populous city/municipality in Region VII with 6,104 persons. It was followed by Sikatuna (6,726), Corella (8,479), and San Isidro (8,744) - all in the province of Bohol. Four other municipalities in the province of Bohol and two municipalities in the province of Cebu comprise the rest of the ten least populous cities/municipalities in the region. See Table 6.
Table 6. Ten Least Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region VII - Central Visayas, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Enrique Villanueva Siquijor 6,104
2 Sikatuna Bohol 6,726
3 Corella Bohol 8,479
4 San Isidro Bohol 8,744
5 Albuquerque Bohol 10,540
6 Sevill Bohol 10,661
7 Tudela Cebu 11,296
8 Pilar Cebu 11,308
9 Lila Bohol 12,257
10 Batuan Bohol 12,767

                                       * Excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City

  • Of the 2,446 barangays in Region VII, the largest in terms of population size is Guadalupe in Cebu City, Cebu with 61,238 persons. It was followed by Basak in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (59,873) and Lahug (Pob.) in Cebu City, Cebu (38,584). The rest of the top ten most populous barangays in Region VII are located in Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City. Refer to Table 7.
Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays: Region VII - Central Visayas, 2015
Rank Barangay City/Municipality/Province Population
1 Guadalupe Cebu City, Cebu 61,238
2 Basak Lapu-Lapu City, (Opon), Cebu 59,873
3 Lahug (Pob.) Cebu City, Cebu 38,584
4 Tisa Cebu City, Cebu 37,766
5 Basak San Nicolas Cebu City, Cebu 35,422
6 Labangon Cebu City, Cebu 33,477
7 Mactan Lapu-Lapu City (Opon), Cebu 33,465
8 Mambaling Cebu City, Cebu 32,564
9 Talamban Cebu City, Cebu 32,139
10 Gun-ob Lapu-Lapu City, (Opon), Cebu 31,219

 

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2015