Population of Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN (Based on the 2015 Census of Population)

Reference Number: 

2016-077

Release Date: 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • The population of Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) as of August 1, 2015 was 4,545,276 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

Table 1. Population of Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census Year Census Reference Date Population
(in millions)
2000 May 1, 2000 3.22
2010 May 1, 2010 4.11
2015 August 1, 2015 4.55
  • The 2015 population of the region is higher by 435,705 compared with the population of 4.11 million in 2010, and by 1,323,107 compared with the population of 3.22 million in 2000.  Refer to Table 1.
  • The population of Region XII increased by 1.94 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 2.46 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate:
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-2015 1.94
2000-2010 2.46
  • Among the four provinces comprising the region, Cotabato (North Cotabato) had the biggest population in 2015 with 1.38 million, followed by South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City) with 915 thousand,  and Sultan Kudarat with 812 thousand. Sarangani had the smallest population with 544 thousand. Refer to Table 3.
  • General Santos City (Dadiangas), the only highly urbanized city in the region posted a population of 594 thousand.
  • Cotabato City, on the other hand, had a population of 299 thousand. This city is an independent component city in Region XII whose province, Maguindanao, is under the regional jurisdiction o f the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
  • The total population of Region XII accounted for about 4.5 percent of the Philippine population in 2015. 
Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Cotabato (North Cotabato) 959 1,227 1,380
Sarangani 411 499 544
South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City) 691 827 915
General Santos City (Dadiangas) 412 538 594
Sultan Kudarat 587 747 812
Cotabato City * 164 272 299

                            * Independent Component City of the Province of Maguindanao

  • Cotabato (North Cotabato) was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.27 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City) with a PGR of 1.94 percent and Sarangani (1.67 percent). Sultan Kudarat posted the lowest provincial PGR of 1.60 percent. See Table 4.
  • General Santos City (Dadiangas) posted a PGR of 1.91 percent.
  • Cotabato City, meanwhile, had a PGR of 1.86 percent.
Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City
Population Growth Rate
2010-2015
2000-2010
Cotabato (North Cotabato) 2.27 2.49
Sarangani 1.67 1.97
South Cotabato (excluding General Santos City) 1.94 1.82
General Santos City (Dadiangas) 1.91 2.71
Sultan Kudarat 1.60 2.45
Cotabato City * 1.86 5.19

                            * Independent Component City of the Province of Maguindanao

  • Region XII is composed of one highly urbanized city, four component cities, 45 municipalities, and 1,195 barangays.
  • Among the cities (excluding General Santos City) and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is Cotabato City, Maguindanao with 299,438 persons. It was followed by the City of Koronadal, South Cotabato with 174,942 persons and Pikit, Cotabato (North Cotabato) with 154,441 persons. Refer to Table 5.
Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Cotabato City Maguindanao 299,438
2 City of Koronadal South Cotabato 174,942
3 Pikit Cotabato (North Cotabato) 154,441
4 Polomolok South Cotabato 152,589
5 Midsayap Cotabato (North Cotabato) 151,684
6 City of Kidapawan Cotabato (North Cotabato) 140,195
7 Glan Sarangani 118,263
8 Malungon Sarangani 103,604
9 City of Tacurong Sultan Kudarat 98,316
10 Carmen Cotabato (North Cotabato) 95,921

                                  * Excluding General Santos City

  • Antipas in Cotabato is the least populous city/municipality in Region XII with 25,304 persons. It was followed by Columbio in Sultan Kudarat (33,258) and Aleosan in Cotabato (39,405). See Table 6.
Table 6. Ten Least Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region XII -SOCCSKSARGEN, 2015
Rank City/Municipality Province Population
1 Antipas Cotabato (North Cotabato) 25,304
2 Columbio Sultan Kudarat 33,258
3 Aleosan Cotabato (North Cotabato) 39,405
4 Tampakan South Cotabato 39,525
5 Santo Niño South Cotabato 40,947
6 President Quirino Sultan Kudarat 41,408
7 Tantangan South Cotabato 43,245
8 Banisilan Cotabato (North Cotabato) 43,667
9 Maitum Sarangani 44,595
10 Norala South Cotabato 46,642

                                  * Excluding General Santos City

  • Of the 1,195 barangays in Region XII, the largest in terms of population size is Calumpang in General Santos City, South Cotabato with 75,342 persons. It was followed by Fatima with 66,460 persons and Labangal with 61,713 persons, both in General Santos City, South Cotabato. The rest of the top ten most populous barangays in the region are located either in the province of South Cotabato or in the province of Cotabato (North Cotabato). Refer to Table 7.
Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays: Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN, 2015
Rank
Barangay
City/Municipality/Province
Population
1
Calumpang
General Santos City, South Cotabato
75,342
2
Fatima
General Santos City, South Cotabato
66,460
3
Labangal
General Santos City, South Cotabato
61,713
4
San Isidro (Lagao 2nd)
General Santos City, South Cotabato
52,832
5
Lagao (1st & 3rd)
General Santos City, South Cotabato
50,789
6
Apopong
General Santos City, South Cotabato
46,384
7
Poblacion
Polomolok, South Cotabato
45,298
8
Poblacion
City of Kidapawan, Cotabato
31,586
9
Bula
General Santos City, South Cotabato
31,363
10
Ned
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
28,490

 

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2015