Population Size, Growth and Trend

The City of Bislig has a projected population of 95,093 in 2016 distributed unevenly among its 24 barangays. For urban barangays, Mangagoy being the commercial and educational center of Bislig, has the most number of people constituting 32,599 or equivalent to 34.28% of the city’s population. Barangay Tabon, where the PICOP Resources, Inc. [PRI] is located, ranks second with a population of 13,069 or equivalent to 13.74% of the total population. Barangay Poblacion ranks third with 9,516 residents or equivalent to 10.00%, Cumawas with 3,472 residents or 3.63% then Maharlika with 2,853 residents or 3.0% of the total population.

In the rural areas, Barangay San Roque ranks the first with a population of 6,040 or equivalent to 6.35% of the total population. This is followed by San Jose with a population of 4,108 or 4.31% then San Vicente with a population 2,490 or 2.62%. The least populated barangay is Bucto with a population of 670 residents or equivalent to 0.70% of the total population.

Barangay Project Population

Population Growth Rate

The population growth rate of Bislig City is increasing from 1948 to 1995. This is attributed by the growing operation of then PICOP. But from 1995 to 2015, the population growth rate of the city is declining except in 2007 where there is a minimal increase of 0.595%. The declining population growth rate in these years are attributed by the gradual closure of PRI until year 2007. In 1980 the population growth rate of Bislig is 12.42%. This is the highest growth rate as recorded during the population census conducted by then National Statistics Office (NSO) now Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA). In the later population census conducted during the years 2000, 2010 and 2015, the growth rate of Bislig City is totally declining to -1.146%, -1.807% and -0.427%, respectively. This data manifest that the population of Bislig City in the later years is decreasing.

The biggest population of Bislig City ever recorded is in the year 1995, totaling to 103,668. From the year 1995 to 2015, the population of Bislig City dropped to 94,535 or equivalent to 8.81%.

The report of PSA during its 2015 population census shows that only seven out of 24 barangays have positive population growth rates. These are the barangays of Burboanan, San Roque, Caguyao, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Jose and Maharlika. The population of these barangays increase due to the rapid agricultural development in the areas except for barangay San Jose where the presence of small scale coal mining operation has contributed much in its population growth.

Historical Growth of Population

Urban-Rural Distribution

Majority of the population of Bislig reside in the urban areas. Table No. 1 shows that 61,281 residents or 64.44% of the projected total population in 2016 resided in urban areas while only 33,812 or 33.56% were in the rural areas. The urban population is almost twice that of the rural population.

Population Density/Distribution

With an urban population of 61,281 in 2016, the population density is 1,514 persons per square kilometer. Among the urban barangays, Mangagoy was the most densely populated with a density of 10,821 persons per square kilometer. For Rural barangays, the population density is 100.00 person per square kilometer. The most densely populated rural barangay is San Roque with a population density of 281 persons per square kilometer and the less densely populated rural barangay is barangay San Jose with a population density of 72 persons per square kilometer.