List of Philippine provinces by population

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This is a list of the Philippines' provinces sorted by population, based on the population census of August 1, 2015 conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The list includes newly created provinces, created after the census date, with their population segregated from their mother province. It includes population of highly urbanized cities, which are administratively independent of the province.

Population counts for the regions do not add up to the national total.  Includes 2,134 Filipinos in Philippine Embassies, Consulates

Rank Province Population  % of
Population
Notes
Philippines 100,981,437 100%
Metro Manila 12,877,253 12.75%
1 Cebu 4,632,359 4.59% Includes Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City
2 Cavite 3,678,301 3.64%
3 Bulacan 3,292,071 3.26%
4 Negros Occidental 3,059,136 3.03% Includes Bacolod
5 Laguna 3,035,081 3.01%
6 Pangasinan 2,956,726 2.93%
7 Rizal 2,884,227 2.86%
8 Batangas 2,694,335 2.67%
9 Pampanga 2,609,744 2.58% Includes Angeles City
10 Iloilo 2,384,415 2.36% Includes Iloilo City
11 Davao del Sur 2,265,579 2.24% Includes Davao City
12 Nueva Ecija 2,151,461 2.13%
13 Quezon 2,122,830 2.10% Includes Lucena City
14 Leyte 1,966,768 1.95% Includes Tacloban City
15 Camarines Sur 1,952,544 1.93%
16 Zamboanga del Sur 1,872,473 1.85% Includes Zamboanga City
17 Isabela 1,593,566 1.58%
18 Misamis Oriental 1,564,459 1.55% Includes Cagayan de Oro
19 South Cotabato 1,509,735 1.50% Includes General Santos
20 Maguindanao 1,473,933 1.46% Includes Cotabato City
21 Bukidnon 1,415,226 1.40%
22 Cotabato 1,379,747 1.37%
23 Tarlac 1,366,027 1.35%
24 Negros Oriental 1,354,995 1.34%
25 Albay 1,314,826 1.30%
26 Bohol 1,313,560 1.30%
27 Cagayan 1,199,320 1.19%
28 Palawan 1,104,585 1.09% Includes Puerto Princesa City
29 Lanao del Sur 1,045,429 1.04%
30 Lanao del Norte 1,019,013 1.01% Includes Iligan City
31 Davao del Norte 1,016,332 1.01%
32 Zamboanga del Norte 1,011,393 1.00%
33 Masbate 892,393 0.88%
34 Oriental Mindoro 844,059 0.84%
35 Sulu 824,731 0.82%
36 Zambales 828,888 0.82% Includes Olongapo City
37 Sultan Kudarat 812,095 0.80%
38 Sorsogon 792,949 0.79%
39 Benguet 791,590 0.78% Includes Baguio City
40 La Union 786,653 0.78%
41 Samar 780,481 0.77%
42 Capiz 761,384 0.75%
43 Bataan 760,650 0.75%
44 Compostela Valley 736,107 0.73%
45 Agusan del Sur 700,653 0.69%
46 Agusan del Norte 691566 0.68% Includes Butuan City
47 Ilocos Sur 689,668 0.68%
48 Zamboanga Sibugay 633,129 0.63%
49 Northern Samar 632,679 0.63%
50 Misamis Occidental 602,126 0.60%
51 Ilocos Norte 593,081 0.59%
52 Surigao del Sur 592,250 0.59%
53 Camarines Norte 583,313 0.58%
54 Antique 582,012 0.58%
55 Aklan 574,823 0.57%
56 Davao Oriental 558,958 0.55%
57 Sarangani 544,261 0.54%
58 Occidental Mindoro 487,414 0.48%
59 Surigao del Norte 485,088 0.48%
60 Eastern Samar 467,160 0.46%
61 Basilan 459,367 0.45% Including Isabela City
62 Nueva Vizcaya 452,287 0.45%
63 Southern Leyte 421,750 0.42%
64 Tawi-Tawi 390,715 0.39%
66 Davao Occidental 316,342 0.31%
66 Romblon 292,781 0.29%
67 Catanduanes 260,964 0.26%
68 Abra 241,160 0.24%
69 Marinduque 234,521 0.23%
70 Aurora 214,336 0.21%
71 Kalinga 212,680 0.21%
72 Ifugao 202,802 0.20%
73 Quirino 188,991 0.19%
74 Guimaras 174,613 0.17%
75 Biliran 171,612 0.17%
76 Mountain Province 154,590 0.15%
77 Dinagat Islands 127,152 0.13%
78 Apayao 119,184 0.12%
79 Siquijor 95,984 0.10%
80 Camiguin 88,478 0.09%
81 Batanes 17,246 0.02%

2000 Census[edit]

Showing provinces existing at the time of census. Figures do not add up to total as population in disputed areas are added up to the next higher subdivision.

Rank Province Population  % of
Population
Notes
Philippines 76,498,735 100%
Metro Manila 9,932,560 12.98%
1 Cebu 3,356,137 4.39% Includes Cebu City
2 Negros Occidental 2,565,723 3.35% Includes Bacolod
3 Pangasinan 2,434,086 3.18%
4 Zamboanga del Sur 2,432,489 3.18% Includes Zamboanga City
5 Bulacan 2,234,088 2.92%
6 Cavite 2,063,161 2.7%
7 Laguna 1,965,872 2.57%
8 Iloilo 1,925,002 2.52% Includes Iloilo City
9 Davao del Sur 1,905,917 2.49% Includes Davao City
10 Batangas 1,905,348 2.49%
11 Pampanga 1,882,730 2.46% Includes Angeles City
12 Rizal 1,707,218 2.23%
13 Quezon 1,679,030 2.19%
14 Nueva Ecija 1,659,883 2.17%
15 Leyte 1,592,336 2.08%
16 Camarines Sur 1,551,549 2.03%
17 Isabela 1,287,575 1.68%
18 Bohol 1,137,268 1.49%
19 Misamis Oriental 1,126,215 1.47% Includes Cagayan de Oro
20 Negros Oriental 1,126,061 1.47%
21 South Cotabato 1,102,550 1.44% Includes General Santos
22 Albay 1,090,907 1.43%
23 Tarlac 1,068,783 1.4%
24 Bukidnon 1,060,265 1.39%
25 Cagayan 993,580 1.3%
26 Maguindanao 964,951 1.26% Includes Cotabato City
27 Cotabato 958,643 1.25%
28 Zamboanga del Norte 823,130 1.08%
29 Lanao del Sur 800,162 1.05%
30 Lanao del Norte 758,123 0.99% Includes Iligan
31 Palawan 755,412 0.99%
32 Davao del Norte 743,811 0.97%
33 Masbate 707,668 0.93%
34 Oriental Mindoro 681,818 0.89%
35 La Union 657,945 0.86%
36 Capiz 654,156 0.86%
37 Sorsogon 650,535 0.85%
38 Samar 641,124 0.84%
39 Zambales 627,802 0.82% Includes Olongapo
40 Sulu 619,668 0.81%
41 Ilocos Sur 594,206 0.78%
42 Sultan Kudarat 586,505 0.77%
43 Benguet 582,515 0.76% Includes Baguio
44 Compostela Valley 580,244 0.76%
45 Agusan del Sur 559,294 0.73%
46 Bataan 557,659 0.73%
47 Agusan del Norte 552,849 0.72% Includes Butuan
48 Ilocos Norte 514,241 0.67%
49 Surigao del Sur 501,808 0.66%
50 Northern Samar 500,639 0.65%
51 Misamis Occidental 486,723 0.64%
52 Surigao del Norte 481,416 0.63%
53 Antique 471,088 0.62%
54 Camarines Norte 458,840 0.6%
55 Aklan 451,314 0.59%
56 Davao Oriental 446,191 0.58%
57 Sarangani 410,622 0.54%
58 Occidental Mindoro 380,250 0.5%
59 Eastern Samar 375,822 0.49%
60 Nueva Vizcaya 366,962 0.48%
61 Southern Leyte 360,160 0.47%
62 Basilan 332,828 0.44%
63 Tawi-Tawi 322,317 0.42%
64 Romblon 264,357 0.35%
65 Marinduque 217,392 0.28%
66 Catanduanes 215,356 0.28%
67 Abra 209,491 0.27%
68 Kalinga 174,023 0.23%
69 Aurora 173,797 0.23%
70 Ifugao 161,623 0.21%
71 Quirino 148,575 0.19%
72 Guimaras 141,450 0.18%
73 Mountain Province 140,439 0.18%
74 Biliran 140,274 0.18%
75 Apayao 97,129 0.13%
76 Siquijor 81,598 0.11%
77 Camiguin 74,232 0.1%
78 Batanes 16,467 0.02%

1995 Census[edit]

Showing provinces existing at the time of census.

Rank Province Population  % of
Population
Notes
Philippines 76,498,735 100%
Metro Manila 9,932,560 12.98%
1 Cebu 3,356,137 4.39% Includes Cebu City
2 Negros Occidental 2,565,723 3.35% Includes Bacolod
3 Pangasinan 2,434,086 3.18%
4 Zamboanga del Sur 2,432,489 3.18% Includes Zamboanga City
5 Bulacan 2,234,088 2.92%
6 Cavite 2,063,161 2.7%
7 Laguna 1,965,872 2.57%
8 Iloilo 1,925,002 2.52% Includes Iloilo City
9 Davao del Sur 1,905,917 2.49% Includes Davao City
10 Batangas 1,905,348 2.49%
11 Pampanga 1,882,730 2.46% Includes Angeles City
12 Rizal 1,707,218 2.23%
13 Quezon 1,679,030 2.19%
14 Nueva Ecija 1,659,883 2.17%
15 Leyte 1,592,336 2.08%
16 Camarines Sur 1,551,549 2.03%
17 Isabela 1,287,575 1.68%
18 Bohol 1,137,268 1.49%
19 Misamis Oriental 1,126,215 1.47% Includes Cagayan de Oro
20 Negros Oriental 1,126,061 1.47%
21 South Cotabato 1,102,550 1.44% Includes General Santos
22 Albay 1,090,907 1.43%
23 Tarlac 1,068,783 1.4%
24 Bukidnon 1,060,265 1.39%
25 Cagayan 993,580 1.3%
26 Maguindanao 964,951 1.26% Includes Cotabato City
27 Cotabato 958,643 1.25%
28 Zamboanga del Norte 823,130 1.08%
29 Lanao del Sur 800,162 1.05%
30 Lanao del Norte 758,123 0.99% Includes Iligan
31 Palawan 755,412 0.99%
32 Davao del Norte 743,811 0.97%
33 Masbate 707,668 0.93%
34 Oriental Mindoro 681,818 0.89%
35 La Union 657,945 0.86%
36 Capiz 654,156 0.86%
37 Sorsogon 650,535 0.85%
38 Samar 641,124 0.84%
39 Zambales 627,802 0.82% Includes Olongapo
40 Sulu 619,668 0.81%
41 Ilocos Sur 594,206 0.78%
42 Sultan Kudarat 586,505 0.77%
43 Benguet 582,515 0.76% Includes Baguio
44 Compostela Valley 580,244 0.76%
45 Agusan del Sur 559,294 0.73%
46 Bataan 557,659 0.73%
47 Agusan del Norte 552,849 0.72% Includes Butuan
48 Ilocos Norte 514,241 0.67%
49 Surigao del Sur 501,808 0.66%
50 Northern Samar 500,639 0.65%
51 Misamis Occidental 486,723 0.64%
52 Surigao del Norte 481,416 0.63%
53 Antique 471,088 0.62%
54 Camarines Norte 458,840 0.6%
55 Aklan 451,314 0.59%
56 Davao Oriental 446,191 0.58%
57 Sarangani 410,622 0.54%
58 Occidental Mindoro 380,250 0.5%
59 Eastern Samar 375,822 0.49%
60 Nueva Vizcaya 366,962 0.48%
61 Southern Leyte 360,160 0.47%
62 Basilan 332,828 0.44%
63 Tawi-Tawi 322,317 0.42%
64 Romblon 264,357 0.35%
65 Marinduque 217,392 0.28%
66 Catanduanes 215,356 0.28%
67 Abra 209,491 0.27%
68 Kalinga 174,023 0.23%
69 Aurora 173,797 0.23%
70 Ifugao 161,623 0.21%
71 Quirino 148,575 0.19%
72 Guimaras 141,450 0.18%
73 Mountain Province 140,439 0.18%
74 Biliran 140,274 0.18%
75 Apayao 97,129 0.13%
76 Siquijor 81,598 0.11%
77 Camiguin 74,232 0.1%
78 Batanes 16,467 0.02%

1975 Census[edit]

Showing provinces existing at the time of census.

Rank Province Population  % of
Population
Notes
Philippines 42,070,660 100%
1 Rizal 3,754,477 8.92%
2 Cebu 1,818,410 4.32%
3 Negros Occidental 1,785,792 4.24%
4 Pangasinan 1,520,085 3.61%
Manila 1,479,116 3.52%
5 Iloilo 1,313,049 3.12%
6 Leyte 1,203,118 2.86%
7 Quezon 1,115,962 2.65%
8 Bulacan 1,050,134 2.5%
9 Pampanga 1,042,164 2.48%
10 Batangas 1,032,009 2.45%
11 Camarines Sur 1,023,819 2.43%
12 Zamboanga del Sur 1,002,852 2.38%
13 Nueva Ecija 947,995 2.25%
14 Davao del Sur 936,263 2.23%
15 Laguna 803,750 1.91%
16 Bohol 759,370 1.8%
17 Negros Oriental 740,412 1.76%
18 Isabela 730,386 1.74%
19 Albay 728,827 1.73%
20 Cagayan 644,075 1.53%
21 Tarlac 640,899 1.52%
22 Cavite 628,321 1.49%
23 South Cotabato 586,867 1.39%
24 Davao del Norte 569,697 1.35%
25 Misamis Oriental 560,490 1.33%
26 Bukidnon 522,818 1.24%
27 Masbate 533,387 1.27%
28 Lanao del Sur 499,882 1.19%
29 Samar 478,378 1.14%
30 Maguindanao 478,119 1.14%
31 North Cotabato 472,302 1.12%
32 Zamboanga del Norte 460,515 1.09%
33 Sorsogon 446,502 1.06%
34 Capiz 445,716 1.06%
35 Zambales 416,280 0.99%
36 La Union 414,635 0.99%
37 Ilocos Sur 399,776 0.95%
38 Oriental Mindoro 388,744 0.92%
39 Lanao del Norte 381,234 0.91%
40 Ilocos Norte 371,724 0.88%
41 Misamis Occidental 366,319 0.88%
42 Northern Samar 354,665 0.84%
43 Sultan Kudarat 328,912 0.78%
44 Antique 308,484 0.73%
45 Surigao del Sur 302,305 0.72%
46 Benguet 302,065 0.72%
47 Agusan del Norte 300,735 0.71%
48 Palawan 300,065 0.71%
49 Davao Oriental 299,426 0.71%
50 Surigao del Norte 298,080 0.71%
51 Aklan 293,349 0.7%
52 Camarines Norte 288,406 0.69%
53 Eastern Samar 287,149 0.68%
54 Southern Leyte 276,418 0.66%
55 Bataan 263,269 0.63%
56 Sulu 240,001 0.57%
57 Agusan del Sur 213,216 0.51%
58 Nueva Vizcaya 213,151 0.51%
59 Occidental Mindoro 185,787 0.44%
60 Romblon 182,209 0.43%
61 Catanduanes 172,780 0.41%
62 Basilan 171,027 0.41%
63 Kalinga-Apayao 163,225 0.39%
64 Marinduque 162,804 0.39%
65 Abra 147,010 0.35%
66 Tawi-Tawi 143,487 0.34%
67 Ifugao 104,707 0.25%
68 Mountain Province 94,096 0.22%
69 Siquijor 69,077 0.16%
70 Quirino 65,763 0.16%
71 Camiguin 52,547 0.12%
72 Batanes 11,870 0.03%

1903 Census[edit]

Showing provinces existing at the time of census.

Rank Province Population Notes
Philippines 7,635,426
1 Cebu 653,727
2 Pangasinan 443,521
3 Iloilo 410,315
4 Moro Province 402,014 Includes districts of Cotabato (46,558); Davao (65,496); Lanao (101,293); Sulu (90,589); Zamboanga (98,078)
5 Leyte 388,922
6 Negros Occidental 308,272
7 Bohol 269,223
8 Samar 266,237
9 Batangas 257,715
10 Albay 240,326
11 Ambos Camarines 239,405
12 Capiz 230,721
13 Pampanga 223,754
14 Bulacan 223,742
Manila 219,928
15 Tayabas 204,739
16 Negros Oriental 201,494
17 Ilocos Sur 187,411
18 Ilocos Norte 178,995
19 Cagayan 156,239 Includes sub-province of Apayao
20 Misamis 153,707
21 Rizal 150,923
22 La Laguna 148,606
23 La Union 137,839
24 Tarlac 135,107
25 Cavite 134,779
26 Nueva Ecija 134,147
27 Antique 134,166
28 Sorsogon 120,495
29 Surigao 115,112
30 Isabela 76,431
31 Lepanto-Bontoc 72,750 Includes sub-provinces of Amburayan, Kalinga
32 Nueva Vizcaya 62,541
33 Zambales 58,930
34 Abra 51,860
35 Bataan 46,787
36 Masbate 43,675
37 Mindoro 39,582
38 Paragua 35,696
39 Benguet 22,745

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