Provincial Planning & Development Office

Population Size and Growth

The population of Cotabato Province as of May 1, 2010 stood at 1,226,508 persons, placing it at rank 1 among the heavily populated province in Region XII. It registered a 2.49 percent population growth rate (PGR), higher than the regional PGR of 2.46 and the country’s 1.90 percent annually. It comprised 1.33 percent of the overall Philippine population count, which is 92,337,852 in 2010.

An increase of 267,865 persons was recorded over the May 1, 2000 population count of 958,643 persons. The census figures below showed the comparative annual population growth rates and the historical population recorded in the different census years:

1990-2000 1990-2010 2000-2010
COTABATO PGR 2.29 2.39 2.49
REGION 12 PGR 2.99 2.72 2.46
PHILIPPINES PGR 2.34 2.12 1.90

The 2010 census figure is three hundred seven times the province’s population in 1903 (3,988 persons), when the first census was conducted.

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