SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 13 (PIA) — The latest 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) of the National Statistics Office (NSO) reflected that the population of the province of La Union rose by 89 percent.
As of May 1, 2010, the total population of the province was 741,906. This was higher by 83,961 compared to the 2000 census with a total population of 657,945.
The increase of the population from 2000 to 2010, if translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) yielded to 1.21 percent, which is actually lower than the PGR for the period 1990 to 2000 which is 1.83 percent.
The City of San Fernando has the largest population with 114,963 persons or 15.5 percent of the total population of the province, followed by Bauang town with 70,735 percent (or 9.5 percent), and Agoo town contributing 8.2 percent of the total population of the province or 60,596 persons.
Included in the local government units with the largest population after San Fernando City, Bauang, and Agoo were Rosario (52,679 or 7.1 percent), Naguilian (48,407 or 6.5 percent), and Aringay (44,949 or 6.1 percent).
Other municipalities contributing less than 6 percent each of the population were Bacnotan, Balaoan, Sto. Tomas, Luna, San Juan, Santol, Luna, Bangar, Caba, Tubao, Pugo, Sudipen, San Gabriel, and Bagulin.
The 2010 CPH was undertaken in May to June 2010 pursuant to Batas Pambansa Bilang 72 and Commonwealth Act 591. It was designed to take an inventory of the population and housing units in the country.
Information on the count of the population was collected with 12:01 a.m. of May 1, 2010 as the census reference time and date.
The census counts were made official by President Benigno S. Aquino III after he signed Proclamation No. 362 on March 30, 2012. (JCR/EMR-PIA1 La Union)