Muslim Population in Mindanao (based on POPCEN 2015)

Release Date: 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reference Number: 

FS-ARMM-17-007

2 in every 10 persons in Mindanao were Muslims

Based on the results of 2015 Census of Population (2015 POPCEN), Mindanao had a total population ofmore than 24 million as of August 1, 2015. About 23.39 percent of which were reported be followers of Islam. This indicates that in 2015, two in every 10 persons in Mindanao were Muslims.
 
Most of the Muslims in Mindanao were found in ARMM comprising 61.13 percent, followed by Region XII with 18.29 percent, Region IX with 10.69 percent, Region X with 6.70 percent, Region XI with 2.97 percent and Caraga with 0.22 percent of the total Mus-lim population in Mindanao.
 
90 percent of population in ARMM were Muslims
 
The Muslim population in Mindanao was concentrated in ARMM. About 91.28 percent of the total population of the region were Muslims. Among its five provinces, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao had the highest count of Muslims at 978,573 (93.60 percent) and 974,192 (82.99 percent), respectively. Moreover, Tawi-Tawi had the highest Muslim composition of population at 96.64 percent, which is 377,585 out of its 390,715 total population in 2015.
 
North Cotabato houses most of the Muslims in Region XII
 
More than one million or about 22.72 percent of the total population of Region XII were Muslims. Though only three out of 10 persons in North Cotabato follow Islam, the province houses most of the Muslims in Region XII in 2015 at 39.28 percent of the total population of the region. Furthermore, 76.15 percent of the population in Cotabato City were Muslims, while South Cotabato and General Santos City had the least percentage of Mus-lim population in the region at 5.43 percent and 8.70 percent, respectively. 
 
More than half of Muslim population in Region IX reside in Zamboanga City
 
A total of 302,795 persons, or 50.19 percent of the Muslim population in Region IX were found in Zamboanga City. This group comprise 35.15 percent of the total population of the said city. Muslims in this region were most concentrated in City of Isabela comprising 64.00 percent of its population. 
 
2 in every 5 persons in Lanao del Norte were Muslims
 
The number and percentage of Muslims in Region X were highest in Lanao del Norte comprising 44.19 percent of the total population of the province or a total of 298,090 persons. Level of Muslim population in each of the remaining provinces ranges from 0.26 percent in Camiguin to 11.48 percent in Iligan City.
 
Most of the Muslims in Region XI were in Davao City
 
The percentage of Muslims in each of the provinces of Region XI ranges from 2.27 percent in Compostela Valley to 5.78 percent in Davao Oriental. In terms of population count, most of the Muslims in the region or 39.28 percent reside in Davao City occupying 3.87 percent of the total population of the city.
 
Caraga had the least Muslim Population in Mindanao
 
Only 0.48 percent of the total population of Caraga were Muslims. The percentage across provinces varies from 0.04 percent of Dinagat Islands to 1.09 percent of total population of Butuan City.
 
Table 1. Total Population by Religious Affiliation, Region and Province: Mindanao, 2015
AREA TOTAL ISLAM
NON
ISLAM
NO
RELIGION
NOT
STATED
MINDANAO 24,135,775 5,646,010 18,451,813 11,105 26,847
Region IX 3,629,783 603,289 3,019,275 6,815 404
 Zamboanga del Norte 1,011,393 66,784 937,919 6,417 273
 Zamboanga del Sur 1,010,674 64,885 945,721 67 1
 Zamboanga City 861,799 302,795 558,814 87 103
 Zamboanga Sibugay 633,129 96,643 536,227 232 27
 City of Isabela 112,788 72,182 40,594 12 0
Region X 4,689,302 4,689,302 4,309,731 1,294 258
 Bukidnon 1,415,226 16,742 1,397,190 1,171 123
 Camiguin 88,478 228 88,239 11 0
 Lanao del Norte 676,395 298,909 377,460 0 26
 Iligan City 342,618 39,319 303,219 1 79
 Misamis Occidental 602,126 1,740 600,324 57 5
 Misamis Oriental 888,509 6,475 881,908 14 122
 Cagayan de Oro City 675,950 14,606 661,317 14 13
Region XI 4,893,318 167,879 4,721,292 516 3,631
 Davao del Norte 1,016,332 24,253 991,988 40 51
 Davao del Sur 632,588 15,261 616,910 100 317
 Davao City 1,632,991q 63,127 1,566,659 279 2,926
 Davao Oriental 558,958 32,324 526,630 4 0
 Compostela Valley 736,107 16,726 718,996 48 337
 Davao Oriental 316,342 16,188 300,109 45 0
Region XII 4,545,276 1,032,824 3,505,354 598 6,500
 North Cotabato 1,379,747 405,686 972,867 148 1,046
 Sarangani 544,261 58,182 485,922 157 0
 South Cotabato 915,289 49,678 865,603 6 2
 General Santos City 594,446 51,705 542,711 23 7
 Sultan Kudarat 812,095 239,537 572,138 264 156
 Cotabato City 299,438 228,036 66,113 0 5,289
CARAGA 2,596,709 12,355 2,583,720 589 45
 Agusan del Norte 354,503 1,363 353,130 10 0
 Butuan City 337,063 3,688 333,372 3 0
 Agusan del Sur 700,653 2,903 697,720 30 0
 Surigao del Norte 485,088 1,951 482,683 454 0
 Surigao del Sur 592,250 2,396 589,784 29 41
 Dinagat Islands 127,152 54 127,031 63 4
ARMM 3,781,387 3,451,644 312,441 1,293 16,009
 Basilan 346,579 305,021 41,294 263 1
 Lanao del Sur 1,045,429 978,573 61,648 3 5,205
 Maguindanao 1,173,933 974,192 188,912 26 10,803
 Sulu 824,731 816,273 8,451 7 0
 Tawi-Tawi 390,715 377,585 12,146 984 0
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority, 2015 Census of Population