Demogaphics

The population of Region VI (Western Visayas) as of August 1, 2015 was 4,477,247 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

The 2015 population of the region is higher by 282,668 compared with the population of 4.19 million in 2010, and by 831,932 compared with the population of 3.65 million in 2000.Refer to Table 1.

The population of Region VI increased by 1.25 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the region’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.41 percent. See Table 2.

Among the five provinces comprising the region, Iloilo (excluding Iloilo City) had the biggest population in 2015 with 1.94 million, followed by Capiz with 761 thousand, Antique with 582 thousand, and Aklan with 575 thousand. Guimaras had the smallest population with 175 thousand. Refer to Table 3.

Iloilo City, the only highly urbanized city in the region posted a population of 448 thousand.

The total population of Region VI accounted for about 4.4 percent of the Philippine population in 2015.

Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City:
Region VI – Western Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
Province/Highly Urbanized City Population (in thousands)
2000 2010 2015
Aklan 451 536 575
Antique 473 546 582
Capiz 654 720 761
Guimaras 141 163 175
Iloilo 1,559 1,806 1,936
Iloilo City 366 425 448
Negros Occidental 2,137 2,396 2,497
Bacolod City 429 512 562