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Top 10 Philippine Provinces with The Smallest Population

by nobert soloria bermosa on 18/06/11 at 5:56 am

Here are the 10 provinces with the least population.

 Four of the 10 Philippine provinces with the smallest population are from Cordillera Administrative Region. Two are from Cagayan Valley region and the rest are from Southern Philippines.

10.) Kalinga

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At the 10th spot is the province of Kalinga. This province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Northern Luzon has a population of 182,326 and its capital is Tabuk. This landlocked province is bounded by Abra in the west, the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan on the east and by Mountain Province in the south.

9.) Ifugao

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The 9th least populated Philippine province is Ifugao. This landlocked province is also part of Cordillera Administrative Region or CAR.  Its capital is Lagawe and it has a population of 180,711 people. It is famous for the Ifugao Rice Terraces. The province is bordered by Isabela on the east, Nueva Vizcaya in the south, Benguet on the south and Mountain Province in the North.

8.) Quirino

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The 8th province in the country with the smallest population is Quirino. This province is part of Region II or more commonly known as Cagayan Valley Region. Its capital is Cabarroguis and it has a population of 163,610 people. Quirino is bounded by Isabela on the north, Aurora on the southeast and Nueva Vizcaya in the west. It is one of the youngest provinces in the country having been separated from Nueva Vizcaya in 1966. Major agricultural products of the province are palay, corn and bananas.

7.) Guimaras  

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With a population of 151,238, Guimaras in the Western Visayas region is the 7th least populated Philippine province. Its capital is Jordan and is known for its sweet mangoes. Guimaras is also one of the smallest provinces in terms of area.

6.) Biliran  

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With a population of 150,031, Biliran is the 6th least populated province of the Philippines. Fishing is the primary industry on this sparsely populated province in the south. The Eastern Visayan province is known for milkfish, prawns and shrimps. Its capital is Naval.

5.) Mountain Province

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Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region is the 5th least populated Philippine province. It has a population of 148,661 and its capital is Bontoc. Often times, Mountain Provinces is mistakenly regarded as the entire province of CAR due to its mountainous feature. Mountain Province is one of the provinces of CAR; the others are Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao and Benguet.

4.) Apayao

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Apayao is the 4th Philippine province with the smallest population. It is also part of CAR. It has a population of 103,633 and its capital is Kabugao. It is largely agricultural and its major products include palay, corn, coffee, root crops and vegetables. Fruits such lanzones, citrus, bananas and pineapples are also grown in the province.

3.) Siquijor

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Siquijor is the 3rd least populated province of the Philippines with a population of 87,695 people. It is part of Region VII and its capital is Siquijor. This Central Visayan province is well-known in the archipelago for its reputation as a place of magic and sorcery.

2.) Camiguin

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With a population of 81,293, Camiguin is the 2nd least populated province in the Philippines. The name Camiguin is believed to have been derived from the native word “Kamagong”, a species of tree. The province in Northern Mindanao is a popular tourist destination for its unique festivals and beautiful tourist spots.

1.) Batanes

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Batanes in the northernmost part of the country is the smallest Philippine province both in terms of land area and population. Its capital is Basco and it has a population of 15,974 people. The people of Batanes are called Ivatans. Batanes is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is famous the world over for its serenity and cleanliness.


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See also

Top 10 Smallest Philippine Provinces

Top 10 Most Densely Populated Philippine Provinces

Top 10 Most Populous Provinces in the Philippines

Top 10 Most Sparsely Populated Philippine Provinces

Top 10 Largest Provinces by Area and Their Popular Attractions

Top 10 Largest Philippine Islands and Their Famous Tourist Attractions

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Jun 18th, 2011

very beautiful and scenic places. this is a a very wonderful article you created. thanks for sharing!!

Farzeela Fee Faisal

Jun 18th, 2011

You always pick cool pics which are catchy in a glance. Like your article!


Jun 18th, 2011

A very educational piece for sure.


Jun 18th, 2011

Nice One

Melody SJAL

Jun 18th, 2011

Oh, so Batanes has a very small population.

Darlene McFarlane

Jun 18th, 2011

When you live in a heavily populated area all your life, it is hard to believe there are whole provinces anywhere with so few people.

Another good article, nobert. We can always count on you to bring us something interesting and new.

The Quail 1957

Jun 18th, 2011

Excellent article very beautiful places!


Jun 19th, 2011

I haven’t been to most of these place. Thanks for sharing.

PR Mace

Jun 20th, 2011

Outstanding article which your pictures really enchance.


Aug 7th, 2011

Looks awesome. The scenery is breath taking. Thank you for sharing.

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