Greater Manila Area

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The location of the Greater Manila Area within the Philippines, shown in the brown areas. Mega Manila is shown in red.

Greater Manila generally refers to the contiguous urbanization surrounding Metro Manila. Greater Manila encompasses the neighboring provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas and Zambales.

Not all the cities and towns of these mentioned provinces are urbanized. There are stark development contrasts ranging from dense suburban to rural areas within a province. Some urban zones (notably Angeles and San Fernando of Pampanga) are independent cities that are not yet absorbed by Manila's belt of urbanization.

Definitions[edit]

Philippine Information Agency[edit]

Greater Manila hugs Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in Luzon. Greater Manila greatly overlaps Mega Manila, which the Philippine Information Agency defines as including the national capital region (Metro Manila) and the suburbs of regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4 (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA).

Media[edit]

Broadcast media tends to define Mega Manila as the national capital region plus the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal for their TV audience ratings gathering. This is a stricter definition than the PIA's definition of Mega Manila and a somewhat tighter geographic area than Greater Manila. There is no official sub-provincial based definition for Greater Manila.

Provinces[edit]

The density of provinces around Metro Manila is far higher than the national average. Cavite and Batangas, for example, is 1,888.9 per square km or 6.17 times the national average. Similarly, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales all have population density over twice the national average of 306 per square km. The sum total population of these provinces is about 25.5 million using 2010 census figures.

Population densities of Batangas localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Cavite localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Bulacan localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Pampanga localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red
Population densities of Laguna localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red
Population densities of Rizal localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red

Table 1[edit]

Localities which have at least 1,000 people per square kilometer and are in a contiguous 1,000+ people/km2 density zone with Metro Manila:

Region Population (2010 Census figures)[1] Area (km²) Density (per km²)
Metro Manila 11,553,427 636 18,166
Lipa City, Batangas 260,568 209.4 2,942.2
Santo Tomas, Batangas 113,105 95.41 1,185.5
Tanauan City*, Batangas 142,537 147.2 968
Malvar, Batangas 41,730 33.0 1,264.5
Padre Garcia, Batangas 42,942 41.51 1,264.5
Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas 25,400 22.1 1,149.3
San Jose, Batangas 61,307 53.29 1,150.4
San Pascual, Batangas 57,200 50.7 1,128.2
Batangas City 295,231 282.96 1,150.4
Talisay, Batangas 39,120 28.2 1,387.2
Bauan, Batangas 79,831 53.3 1,497.7
Batangas Subtotal 1,158,971 1017.07 1,139.5
Meycauayan City 196,569 22.10 8,894
Marilao, Bulacan 160,452 26.25 6,112
Santa Maria, Bulacan 205,258 90.92 2,258
San Jose del Monte City 439,090 165.10 2,659
Bocaue, Bulacan 105,817 31.87 3,320
Malolos City 223,069 67.30 3,314
Balagtas, Bulacan 62,684 32.05 1,956
Bulacan, Bulacan* 72,289 72.9 972.5
Guiguinto, Bulacan 89,225 21.48 4,153
Plaridel, Bulacan 99,817 41.0 2,434
Pandi, Bulacan 60,637 31.7 1,912
Calumpit, Bulacan 98,017 56.25 1,442
Pulilan, Bulacan 85,008 30 2,834
Hagonoy, Bulacan 126,329 103.10 1,225.3
Baliuag, Bulacan 136,982 41.88 3,270
Obando, Bulacan 56,258 52.1 1,079.8
Paombong, Bulacan 53,510 46.3 1,155.7
Bulacan Subtotal 2,271,011 919.58 2,470
Bacoor City 441,197 52.4 8,419
Imus City 253,158 64.7 3,912
Kawit, Cavite 76,405 16.7 4,575
General Trias, Cavite 218,387 108.7 2,009
Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Cavite 136,613 11.4 11,983
Carmona, Cavite 68,135 30.9 2,205
Cavite City 104,581 20.8 5,028
Tanza, Cavite 171,795 98.2 1,749
Rosario, Cavite 94,228 8.2 11,491
Noveleta, Cavite 46,336 8.6 8,565
Naic, Cavite 87,058 86.0 1,012
Silang, Cavite* 199,285 209.4 952
Cavite Subtotal 2,453,508 806.1 3,044
San Pedro City 281,808 24.05 11,717.6
Biñan City 262,735 39.1 6,827
Santa Rosa City 266,943 39.1 6,827
Cabuyao City 205,376 43.3 4,743
Calamba City 360,281 144.8 2,488
Los Baños, Laguna 98,631 56.5 1,746
Bay, Laguna 50,756 42.66 1,189.8
San Pablo City 237,259 197.6 1,200
Laguna Subtotal 1,763,789 587.11 3004.18
Apalit, Pampanga 97,296 72.14 1,348.7
Masantol, Pampanga 50,984 48.25 1,056.6
Pampanga Subtotal 148,280 120.39 1,231.6
Antipolo City 633,971 306.10 2,071.12
Cainta, Rizal 289,833 26.81 10,810.63
San Mateo, Rizal 184,860 55.09 3,355.60
Taytay, Rizal 262,485 38.80 6,765.08
Angono, Rizal 97,209 26.22 3,707.44
Binangonan, Rizal 238,931 66.34 3,601.61
Rodriguez, Rizal 223,594 172.85 1,293.57
Cardona, Rizal 44,942 28.56 1,573.6
Morong, Rizal 50,538 37.58 1,344.8
Teresa, Rizal 44,436 18.61 2,387.7
Rizal Subtotal 2,070,799 776.96 2,665.2
Totals of contiguous localities* 21,419,785 4,863.21 4,404.45

Notes:

  • This city is included because its current population is projected to exceed 1,000 people per square km and completely surrounded by localities that match these criteria, as well as possibility of an undercount.
  • Localities densities of 1,000 people/km2 in a contiguous 1,000+ people/km2 density zone with Metro Manila

Table 2[edit]

Localities not contiguous with Metro Manila's 1000+ people/km2 density zone, but with a density over 1000:

Locality Population (2010 Census figures)[1] Area (km²) Density (per km²)
Taal, Batangas 39,120 28.2 1,729.1
Santa Teresita, Batangas 16,891 16.3 1,036.2
San Nicolas, Batangas 19,046 14.3 1,331.8
Mendez, Cavite 26,757 20.7 1,292.6
Victoria, Laguna 33,829 22.35 1,513.6
Pagsanjan, Laguna 35,944 26.36 1,363.6
Pila, Laguna 44,227 31.2 1,417.5
Santa Cruz, Laguna 101,914 38.59 2,640.9
Guagua, Pampanga 104,284 31.19 3,343.5
Angeles, Pampanga 314,493 66.16 4,753.52
Mabalacat, Pampanga 203,307 165.8 1,226.22
Magalang, Pampanga 98,595 97.32 1,013.1
Mexico, Pampanga 141,298 117.41 1,203.5
Santa Ana, Pampanga 49,756 39.84 1,248.9
Santa Rita, Pampanga 36,723 29.76 1,233.9
San Fernando, Pampanga 269,365 67.74 3,977
Totals 1,132,242 647.42 2,058

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Total Population and Annual Population Growth Rates by Region: Population Censuses 1995, 2000, and 2007". National Statistics Office of the Philippines. Retrieved 21 December 2009.