**Population grew by 0.72 percent annually**

Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, the province of Romblon posted a total population of 283,930 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 19,573 persons compared to its population of 264,357 recorded during the 2000 CPH. The increase in population count of 2000-2010 translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 0.72percent. This is lower than the 1.51 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.

If the annual population growth rate of 0.72 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 will continue, the population of Romblon would double in 98 years.

Fifty years ago, the population of Romblon is only 131,658 persons. This population size is less than one-half the population of the province during the 2010 CPH.

The 0.72 percent PGR means that almost seven personsare added for every 1000 persons in the population.

The municipality of San Jose posted the highest growth rate at 2.27 percent, while Ferrol came in second with 1.39 percent. Magdiwang and Odiongan were in close third and fourth with 1.22 and 1.12 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the three municipalities of the “Maghali” group of islands posted a negative growth rate. Bantonhas -1.26, Corcuera has -0.99, and Concepcion has -0.52 percent.

**The population of the province increased by 4,156 persons**

The total population of the province of Romblon as of May 1,2010 is 283,930 based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.

Romblon’s population in 2010 is 4,156 persons higher compared to the 2007 population of 279,774. In 2000, the total population was 264,357.

#### **Romblon ranked 4th in population size in MIMAROPA Region**

Among the five provinces of MIMAROPA region, Romblon’s population has consistently ranked 4^{th} for the three consecutive censuses of 2000, 2007 and 2010.It had 10.34 percent of the region’s population as per result of the 2010 CPH. Palawan was at the top with 994,340 (including Puerto Princesa) or 36 percent, Oriental Mindoro has 785,602 or 29 percent, Occidental Mindoro has 452,971 or 17 percent while Marinduque has 227,828 or 8 percent of the region’s population.

**Odiongan topped the population size**

Among the seventeen (17) municipalities in the province of Romblon, Odiongan had the largest population with 43,676. The municipality of Romblon, the capital town, had the second largest population with 37,995 and San Fernando had the third largest with 22,466.

The municipalities of San Agustin, Looc and Cajidiocan have posted a population more than 20 thousand. San Agustin had 22,116, Looc had 21,841 and Cajidiocan had 21,198.

The combined population of the five municipalities of Odiongan, Romblon, San Fernando, San Agustin and Looc accounted for more than one-half (52.15 percent) of the total provincial population.

The municipalities of Concepcion and Banton were the two least populated areas in the province. The population of Concepcion (4,445) and Banton (5,963) accounted for only 1.56 and 2.1 percent, respectively.

**Male continued to outnumber females**

Sex ratio in 2007 and 2010 census showed that there are more males than females at 102 and 103 males, respectively, for every 100 females. Of the 283,482 household population, males accounted for 144,091 or 50.8 percent while females comprised 139,391 or 49.2 percent.

**Median age increased to 21.7**

In 2010, the median age was recorded at 21.7. This means that half of the population was younger than 21.7 years. This is higher than the recorded median age of 19.5 during the 2000 CPH.

Moreover, approximately two in every five persons (36.4 percent) were under 15 years old. Children aged 10-14 years comprised the largest age group with 13.0 percent. It was followed the group of 5-9 years (12.3 percent), and 0-4 years (11.1 percent).

Males outnumbered females in the age group 0-49 years. On the other hand, there were more females in the age group 50 years and older.

**More than half of the population were of voting age**

** **The voting-age population (18 years old and over) accounted for 56.6 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 52.7 percent in 2000. There were more females (50.2 percent) than males (49.8 percent) among the voting age population.

**Dependency ratio decreased to 75 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group**

** **In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 36.4 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 6.4 percent. The working age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 57.2 percent.

The overall dependency ratio was 75, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 75 dependents (64 young and 11 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 85 dependents per 100 working-age population( 75 young and 10 old dependents)

**There were more males than females among never-married person**s

Of the household population 10 years old and over, 44.7 were never married while 43.2 percent were married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in (5.8 percent), widowed (5.5 percent), and divorced/separated (0.9 percent).

#### More females had attained higher levels of education

Of the household population aged five years and over, 43.0 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 32.1 percent had reached or finished high school, 7.2 percent were academic degree holder, and 7.0 percent were college undergraduates.

Among those with academic degree, the females (59.0 percent) outnumbered the males (41.0 percent). Similarly, more females (63.2 percent) than males (36.8 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.

**Persons with disability comprised 1.7 percent**

In 2010, around 4,800 persons or 1.7 percent of the 283,482 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWDs) is similar to the proportion in 2000, which was 1.8 percent of the 264,081 household population that year.The number of PWDs that same year was 4,900.

**Average household size was 4.5 persons**

The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 62,714, higher by 8,933 households compared with the 53,731 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.5 persons, lower than the household size of 4.9 persons recorded in 2000.