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As of the August 2015 census, the country’s population density have risen to an average of 337 persons per square kilometre from 225 per sq. km. in 2002. Furthermore, this is a 9.4 increase from the population density in 2010 which was 308 per persons per sq. km.
Among the 18 administrative regions, Metro Manila remains to be the most densely populated, with 19,888 persons living per sq. km. of land. This was 8.6 percent higher than its density in 2010 and 30 percent higher in 2000.
Meanwhile, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is the most sparsely populated region with only 84 persons living per sq. km. of land. Meanwhile, Manila is the most congested with 42,628 persons per sq. km in 2015.
Mandaluyong and Caloocan lag behind, with 41,580 and 28,387 persons per sq. km.
Cavite is the most densely populated among the country’s 81 provinces, while Apayao was the most sparsely populated.
In matters of highly urbanized cities outside Metro Manila, the most densely populated is Mandaue City with 14,402 persons living per sq. km. of land. On the other hand, Puerto Princesa is the most sparsely populated with 107 persons living per sq. km. of land.
The population density measurement is vital in monitoring human settlement conditions and trends, especially in densely populated areas particularly in the urban. ASCS