Maguindanao Total Population reached 1,173,933

December 28, 2017Special Release Ref No.: 2017-001

Total population is higher by 229,215 persons

The total population of the Province of Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato City) as of August 1, 2015 was 1,173,933 persons based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN). It comprised 31.05% of the ARMM total population. The 2015 population of the province is higher by 229,215 compared with 944,718 total populations in the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH).

Figure 1. Total Population: Maguindanao, 1990-2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Maguindanao posted a 4.22% total population growth rate

The Maguindanao’s total population has a 4.22 percent total population growth rate (PGR) during the 2010-2015 periods. It was 2.56 percent higher than the PGR that was posted by the province during the 2000-2010 periods. Through the decades, the province growth rate shows positive trends. Based on the 2015 POPCEN, across ARMM, Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato City) is the most numbered province.

The top most populous municipality of the province was Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig), comprising 8.45 percent of the total population of the province. It was followed by Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) and Parang comprising 8.11 percent and 7.60 percent of the total population of the province respectively.

Table 1. Top Three Most Populous Municipality: Maguindanao, 2015 
Municipalities Total Population
Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig) 99,210
Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) 95,201
Parang 89,194
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

The province’s sex ratio stands at 102 males for every 100 females

Maguindanao’s total population in 2015 has 50.7 percent males while 49.3 percent are females with a sex ratio of 102 males per 100 females. The 2010 CPH posted 104 males per 100 females. This means that through the years, males outnumbered the females. This trend can also be seen in every age group of the population.

Table 2. Sex Ratio by Age-Group: Maguindanao, 2015 
Age Group

Sex Ratio (Male:Female)

All Ages 102:100
0-14 106:100
15-64 100:100
65 years and over 104:100
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Median age slightly increased to 18.0 years

The result of the 2015 POPCEN also showed that the median age of Maguindanao’s total population is 18.0 years old. This means that half of the total population is younger than or equal to 18.0 years old and another half of the total population is older than or equal to 18.0 years old. The median age of the province is the same as that of the region and it is the lowest median age recorded in the country as of 2015 CPH. The median age of the province in 2010 POPCEN is 17.6 years old.

Figure 2. Median Age of the Total Population: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Children 5 to 9 years comprised the largest age groups of the population

Of the total population in the 2015, 42.1 percent are under 15 years of age or 493,933. Children aged 5 to 9 years comprised the largest part of the total population in the province which was 14.7 percent. Meanwhile, children of age under 5 years were accounted for 14.1 percent of the total population, and those 10 to 14 years with 13.3 percent. In 2010, children under 15 years old was accounted for 44.1 percent of the total population of the region, children of age 5 to 9 years with 15.7 percent and those children aged less than 5 years were accounted for 13.7 percent.

Table 3. Total Population by Age Group: Maguindanao, 2015 
Age Group Total Population
0-4 165,923
0-14 493,933
15-64 658,808
18 years and over 593,156
60 years and over 35,761
65 years and over 21,192
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

In terms of distribution by sex and age, there are slightly more females than males in the age groups 0 to 14 years old, 60 to 64 years old and 45 to 54 years old in the 2015 POPCEN with females comprising 23.8 percent of the total population in these age groups. In the contrary, there are more males than females in the age groups 20 to 44 years with males comprising 16.9 percent of the total population in these age groups. On the other hand, the proportions of males and females in the age groups 15 to 19 years old, 55 to 59 years old, 65 to 79 years old and 80 years and over are almost the same. It also means that they almost had equal population.

Figure 3. Age-Sex Pyramid of Total Population: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Dependency ratio decreases to 78 dependents per 100 persons in the working-age group

In the 2015 POPCEN, the young dependents (0 to 14 years old) comprised 42.1 percent (or 493,933 persons) of the total population, while the old dependents    (65 years old and over) comprised 1.8 percent (or 21,192 persons) of the total population. The working-age population (15 to 64 years old) accounted for the remaining 56.1 percent (or 658,808 persons).

The overall dependency ratio of Maguindanao is 78.2, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there are about 78 or more dependents (75 young dependents and more or less 3 old dependents). This is higher than the national figure (58) and lower than the dependency ratio in 2010 recorded at 83.9      dependents per 100 working-age population (81.1 young dependents and 2.8 old dependents).

More than half of the total population can vote

In Maguindanao, the voting-age population or persons 18 years old and over accounted for 50.5 percent of the total population (593,156 persons) based on the 2015 POPCEN. Persons that cannot vote or persons 17 years old and below accounted for 49.5 percent (580,777 persons). Of the voting-age population, 49.95 percent are males and 50.05 percent are female. The province’s voting age population comprises 30.9 percent of the region’s voting age population.

Figure 4. Voting Age Population: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

All municipalities of Maguindanao has voting-age population comprising more than 40 percent of their respective total population, with the Municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig) having the highest proportion who are of voting-age at 57.2 percent, followed by the Municipality of Ampatuan at 56.6 percent, Municipality of Datu Piang at 55.6 percent, and the lowest is in the Municipality of Pandag estimated only at 44.5 percent.

Table 4. Municipalities with most percentage of Voting Age Population: Maguindanao, 2015 
Municipalities Percentage of Voting Age Population
Datu Odin Sinsuat 57.2%
Ampatuan 56.6%
Datu Piang 55.6%
Upi 54.3%
Parang 54%
Matanog 53.9%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Senior citizens constitute 3.05 percent of the total population.

Senior citizens are those people who are aged 60 years and over. In Maguindanao, there were 35,761 senior citizens making up 3.05 percent of the 1.2 million total populations in the 2015 POPCEN, which is slightly higher than the 2.70 percent recorded in 2010. Among the senior citizens, the males estimated at 51.84 percent outnumbered the females at 48.16 percent. By municipalities, the Municipality of Upi has the highest proportion of senior citizens estimated at 5.03 percent, followed by the Municipality of Sultan Mastura at 3.98 percent and the Municipality of Datu Piang at 3.81 percent. The Municipality of Barira has the lowest proportion of senior citizens estimated only at 1.25 percent of its total population.

Almost half of the total populations were in the married persons group

Across provinces in ARMM, Maguindanao holds the record for the highest proportion of married persons which was estimated at 48.4 percent of its total population. Among the married persons group, the females (50.04 percent) outnumbered the males (49.96 percent). Meanwhile, the proportion of single persons is 47.3 percent, in common-law or live-in marital arrangement is 0.49 percent, widowed persons is 2.87 percent and in divorced or separated persons  is 63.49 percent

Figure 5. Proportion of Marital Status: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

School Attendance Rate in the province had increase over the years

Persons aged 5 to 24 years old are considered in determining the school attendance rate. Based on the 2015 POPCEN results there are 559,926 persons who are 5 to 24 years old in Maguindanao and 64.6 percent that is 361,665 of them are attending school in school year 2015-2016 that is higher than the school attendance rate in 2010 CPH which is estimated at 54.7 percent. Out of the 2015 school attendance rate, males are higher than the females with 50.5 percent and 49.5 percent respectively.

Figure 6. School Attendance Rate: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Maguindanao’s simple literacy rate was recorded at 89.3 percent in 2015

The simple literacy rate of the Province of Maguindanao based on 2015 POPCEN is 89.3 percent among the 834,304 household population aged 10 years and over. It is higher than its simple literacy rate in 2010 CPH which is estimated only at 81.0 percent. A person can be considered as literate if he is able to read and write a simple message in any language or dialect. Out of the 89.3 percent literacy rate, 50.5 percent are males and 49.5 percent are females.

Figure 7. Household Population Rate: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Females outnumbered males in academic degree and school attendance rate

Of the total population 5 years old and over across Maguindanao, 49.52 percent or 499,119 had reached or completed elementary education, 23.81 percent or 240,054 had reached or finished high school, 6.10 percent or 61,444 was college undergraduate, and 2.18 percent or 21,936 was baccalaureate or college graduate. Among those with baccalaureate degree, the females outnumbered (54.6 percent) the males (45.4 percent).

Figure 8. Educational Attainment Percentage: Maguindanao, 2015 
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Maguindanao had increase its number of households in 2015

The number of households in the province had increase by 23.3 percent from 157,715 in 2010 to 194,507 in 2015. The household population of Maguindanao reached 1,172,381 persons in 2015. This is 228,895 higher than the 943,486 household population reported in 2010. The province registered an average household size of 6.0 persons, which is equal to the average household size registered in 2010.

The following municipalities have an average household size higher than its provincial level namely: Ampatuan, Buluan – the highest, Datu Paglas, Datu Piang, Shariff Aguak, Matanog, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Sa Barongis, Kabuntalan, Talayan, Gen. S.K. Pendatun, Mamasapano, Talitay, Pagagwan, Paglat, Guindulungan, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Rajah Buayan, Datu Blah T. Sinsuat, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Mangudadatu and Pandag. There are also municipalities that have an equal average household size to its provincial level namely: Barira, Datu Saudi – Ampatuan and Northern Kabuntalan. On the other hand there are only eleven municipalities which recorded a lower average household size than its provincial level. Average household size tells us how much average number of persons is residing within a household in a particular area.

Table 5. Number of Households, Household Population, Household Size,
and Province/Municipality: Maguindanao, 2015 
Province/Municipality Total Number of Households Total Households
Household Size
Maguindanao 194,507  1,172,381  6.0
Ampatuan 3,922  24,799  6.3
Buldon 5,542  35,195  6.4
Buluan 7,288 49,932 6.9
Datu Paglas 4,668 28,387 6.1
Datu Piang 4,184 25,510 6.1
Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig)  17,008 98,774 5.8
Shariff Aguak (Maganoy) (Capital) 4,812 31,447 6.5
Matanog 4,817 29,756 6.2
Pagalungan 6,810 39,653 5.8
Parang 15,307 89,143 5.8
Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) 15,652 95,193 6.1
Sultan sa Barongis (Lambayong) 3,528 22,425 6.4
Kabuntalan (Tumbao) 2,582 17,276 6.7
Upi 10,943 53,548 4.9
Talayan 4,683 30,032 6.4
South Upi 7,562 40,111 5.3
Barira 4,980 30,004 6.0
Gen. S. K. Pendatun 4,289 28,103 6.6
Mamasapano 3,933 24,778 6.3
Talitay 2,425 14,839 6.1
Pagagawan 5,693 34,820 6.1
Paglat 2,504 15,914 6.4
Sultan Mastura 3,864 22,221 5.8
Guindulungan 3,003 19,893 6.6
Datu Saudi-Ampatuan 4,358 26,348 6.0
Datu Unsay 2,029 11,813 5.8
Datu Abdullah Sangki 3,906 23,878 6.1
Rajah Buayan 3,770 23,652 6.3
Datu Blah T. Sinsuat 4,080 25,024 6.1
Datu Anggal Midtimbang 3,844 24,799 6.5
Mangudadatu 3,836 25,011 6.5
Pandag 3,906 25,057 6.4
Northern Kabuntalan 4,222 25,232 6.0
Datu Hoffer Ampatuan 4,308 25,012 5.8
Datu Salibo 2,600 14,947 5.7
Shariff Saydona Mustapha 3,569 19,855 5.6
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Technical Notes

Total population is the sum of the household population and institutional population. It also includes Filipinos in Philippine embassies, consulates, and missions abroad.

Population growth rate is the rate at which the population is increasing (or decreasing) in a given period due to natural increase and net migration, expressed as a percentage of the base population.

Dependency ratio is the ratio of persons in the dependent ages (under 15 years old and over 64 years old) to persons in the economically active or working ages (15 to 64 years old) in the population.

Voting age population (VAP) refers to the set of individuals that have reached the minimum voting age for a particular geographical or political unit.

Marital status is the personal status of each individual with reference to the marriage laws or customs of the country.

School attendance rate is the proportion of persons 5 to 24 years old who were attending school during the School Year June 2015 to March 2016 to school-age population (5 to 24 years old).

Simple literacy rate is the proportion of persons aged 10 years and over who are able to read and write a simple message in any language or dialect.

Highest grade / year completed are the highest grade or year completed in school, college or university.


Provincial Statistics Officer, PSA-Maguindanao