Philippines Population 2018

107,106,938

The population of the Philippines has been steadily growing for many years. It is the 12th most populated country in the world, between Mexico and Ethiopia, and grew at a rate of 1.72% between 2010 and 2015. The 2018 population is 106.51 million, according to the latest UN estimates.

Philippines Population Growth

Based on 2015 census data, the population in 2016 in the Philippines was 100,981,437. Based on the 2015 census results, the population increased by over 8 million people when compared to the 2010 census census results. The growth rate has slowed slightly from the previous census, down to 1.72% from 1.89%.

Philippines Largest Cities

The Philippines' largest city is Quezon City, which contains 2,936,116 people. It forms a part of the wider Metropolitan Manila area, which is comprised of 17 cities and municipalities and has an overall population of 12.8 million people. To make things even more complicated, the entire Greater Manila urban area spills out beyond the boundaries of Metro Manila and is reported to contain around 22.7 million people, which is a quarter of the Philippines' entire population.

Other major cities include Manila itself (pop: 1,780,148), Caloocan (pop: 1.5 million) and Davao City (pop: 1.6 million.) Of these, only Davao City is outside of the Metropolitan Manila area.

Ethnicity, Religion, and Language in the Philippines

Unsurprisingly for a country that is made up of many islands, the Philippines contains a diverse range of ethnic groups. The latest data available comes from the 2000 census, which reported the following breakdown:

  • Tagalog, 28.1%
  • Cebuano, 13.1%
  • Ilocano, 9%
  • Bisaya, 7.6%
  • Hiligaynon, 7.5%
  • Bikol, 6%
  • Waray, 3.4%
  • Other, 25.3%

Religion in the Philippines is heavily influenced by its history as a part of the Spanish Empire. As well as naming the country after its King (Philip II), Spain also exported its religion, and today around 81% of the country's citizens are Roman Catholic Christians. Of the remaining people, 11% are from other Christian denominations and around 5.6% are Muslim, mainly based in the southwest area of the country.

Although the official language of the Philippines was, for many years, Spanish, the legacy of the American administration during the first half of the 20th century has been that its two official languages today are English and Filipino (derived from Tagalog.)

Quality of Life in the Philippines

The recent 2015 estimates in the World Factbook give some insight into the developments across the Philippine county. 91.8% have improved access to drinking water sources, while 8.2% of the population still struggle to obtain safe water. In terms of sanitation facilities, only 77.9% of the population maintains access, while 26.1% are limited in their sanitation services. Literacy is at 96.3% across the entire population, with a school expenditure of approximatly 2.7% of the nation GDP.

Filipinos Overseas

In addition to the over 100 million Filipinos living in the Philippines itself, there are estimated to be around 10.2 million Filipino people living abroad. Many have moved abroad temporarily to find work, but others have settled abroad permanently.

Given its close ties with America, it is not surprising that the United States is home to the largest group of overseas Filipinos - over 3.5 million. There are also large Filipino populations in the Middle East (1 million in Saudi Arabia, 822,000 in the United Arab Emirates and 204,000 in Qatar), Malaysia (793,000), Japan (182,000) and Australia (397,000.) Interestingly, only about 42,000 Filipinos live in Spain, the Philippines' old imperial master.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 13 seconds
One death every 46 seconds
One net migrant every 4 minutes
Net gain of one person every 20 seconds

Philippines Population in 2018Source: By Wowieology [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

About Philippines

Official NameRepublic of the Philippines
Languages SpokenEnglish, Filipino
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude13122
Currencies UsedPhilippines Peso
DemonymFilipino

Countries Bordering Philippines

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Philippines Population Density

Philippines Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Quezon City2,761,720
Manila1,600,000
Caloocan City1,500,000
Budta1,273,715
Davao1,212,504
Malingao1,121,974
Cebu City798,634
General Santos679,588
Taguig644,473
Pasig City617,301
Las Pinas590,000
Antipolo549,543
Makati City510,383
Zamboanga457,623
Bacolod City454,898
Mansilingan454,150
Cagayan de Oro445,103
Dasmarinas441,876
Pasay416,522
Iloilo387,681

Philippines Population Clock

The population of Philippines (as of 11/13/2018)?107,106,938
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)106,512,074
Births Per Day6,625
Deaths Per Day1,895
Net Migrations Per Day -356
Net Change Per Day 4,374
Population Change Since January 1st1,386,558

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Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 107,101,723

Philippines Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018106,512,07450.30%49.70%311.12131.52%
2017104,918,09050.33%49.67%306.46131.55%
2016103,320,22250.35%49.65%301.79121.58%
2015101,716,35950.37%49.63%297.11121.65%
201093,726,62450.48%49.52%273.77121.67%
200586,274,23750.26%49.74%252.00122.04%
200077,991,56950.36%49.64%227.81142.23%
199569,835,71550.44%49.56%203.99142.43%
199061,947,34850.51%49.49%180.95142.66%
198554,323,64850.55%49.45%158.68172.77%
198047,396,96850.59%49.41%138.44182.79%
197541,295,12450.61%49.39%120.62192.89%
197035,804,72950.59%49.41%104.58192.98%
196530,913,93350.52%49.48%90.30223.31%
196026,273,02550.33%49.67%76.74233.45%
195522,179,10150.07%49.93%64.78233.60%
195018,580,49049.73%50.27%54.27240.00%

Philippines Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020109,703,39650.26%49.74%320.44130.00%
2025117,664,68050.14%49.86%343.69131.41%
2030125,372,28250.01%49.99%366.21121.28%
2035132,667,61649.89%50.11%387.52131.14%
2040139,447,68949.77%50.23%407.32121.00%
2045145,664,72249.66%50.34%425.48120.88%
2050151,293,43549.56%50.44%441.92130.76%
2055156,342,00549.47%50.53%456.67130.66%
2060160,722,64549.41%50.59%469.46140.55%
2065164,427,11949.35%50.65%480.29140.46%
2070167,443,45149.30%50.70%489.10130.36%
2075169,786,05249.27%50.73%495.94130.28%
2080171,478,01449.25%50.75%500.88140.20%
2085172,583,04249.26%50.74%504.11140.13%
2090173,187,89649.28%50.72%505.88140.07%
2095173,336,70649.31%50.69%506.31150.02%
Data Sources
  1. National Statistical Office
  2. National Statistical Office
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with censuses from 1960 through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer