March 23, 2019
The number of Filipinos residing in urban areas increased in 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in a report.
PSA said the level of urbanization or the percentage of population residing in urban areas was at 51.2 percent in 2015 from 45.3 percent in 2010.
“This means that a total of 51.73 million persons resided in barangays classified as urban. There were 7,437 barangays classified as urban and 34,599 as rural,” said PSA.
In 2010, the total number of those residing in urban areas was at 41.85 million.
PSA said across regions, aside from the NCR, which is classified as entirely urban, four other regions posted a level of urbanization higher than that of the national level.
These include Region 4-A (66.4 percent), Region 11 (63.5 percent), Region 3 (61.6 percent), and Region 12 (51.6 percent). In 2010, the same five regions posted the highest level of urbanization.
More than half (53 percent) of the urban barangays in Areas Outside NCR (AONCR) in 2015 were classified under Category 1, that is, they had a population size of at least 5,000. Altogether, the population of these Category 1 urban barangays in AONCR totaled to 32.53 million.
PSA said barangays outside NCR classified as urban based on the presence of establishments with at least 100 employees (Category 2) totaled to 1,010 in 2015, making up 17.6 percent of the total urban barangays in AONCR. Total population under the category 2 was at 2.43 million.
The remaining urban barangays, 1,684 or 29.4 percent of the total urban barangays in AONCR in 2015, had at least five establishments (with 10 to 99 employees) within the barangay, and at least five facilities within the two-kilometer radius from the barangay hall. These urban barangays belonged to Category 3. PSA said urban population under the said category was at 3.89 million.
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