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2.59% of total national population in 2007 lives in Caraga Region

Final results of the latest census conducted in August 2007 revealed that the total population of Caraga Region or Northeastern Mindanao was posted at 2,293,480. This means that for every 100 persons living in the Philippines, 2 lives in Caraga Region (2.59 percent).

The population exhibited a continuous increase though at the lower pace as shown by the average annual growth rate of 1.25 percent over the period 2000-2007, lower than 1.63 percent growth rate over the period 1995-2000, and also the lowest growth rate recorded ever since 1990 when Caraga was separated from Regions 10 and 11.

Compared with the 2000 Census figure at 2,095,367, the total population of the region increased by 198,113 persons.

The provinces of Agusan del Norte with Butuan City, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur lead the other provinces with more than half a million inhabitants.

Agusan del Norte and Butuan City is now home to more than half a million inhabitants posted at 612,405. Agusan del Sur rank next at 609,447 followed by Surigao del Sur 541,347.

Dinagat Islands is the least populated province at 120,813. Translated into the annual average growth rate however, Dinagat Islands is the fastest growing province in the entire region with a rate of 1.69 percent.

Among the cities in the region, Butuan City tops the list with 298,378 population and considered to be one of the highly urbanized cities in the country (HUC). Surigao City and Bislig City rank second and third with 132,151 and 102,009 inhabitants respectively.

Dinagat Province is the fastest growing province in the region with an annual population growth rate of 1.69 percent over the period 2000-2007 while the province of Surigao del Sur exhibited the lowest population growth rate at 1.05 percent. (NSO-13/PIA-Caraga)

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