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Greater Manila Area

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Map of the Philippines showing the Greater Manila Area. Maroon is Manila, and red is Metro Manila aside from Manila. Blue is the built up area of cities and municipalities outside Metro Manila that are contiguous with each other and Metro Manila, while light blue is the built up area outside the contiguous area of Metro Manila and the built up area surrounding it.

The Greater Manila Area generally refers to the contiguous urbanization surrounding Metro Manila, and ambiguously there are several terms.

Definitions

Greater Manila Area may describe:

  • Metro Manila, a first-level administrative unit of Philippines under the governance of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, considered the core of the greater metro area.
  • A term in common usage, Mega Manila, is used to describe a region that is bound to Manila economically. There are 2 definitions. Both terms are based on administrative divisions (entire provinces) that encompass wide ranges of settlements and/or rural areas and do not take into account huge differences among localities.
  • The built-up area surrounding Manila, which is constantly being developed. (It can be seen by air or satellite and does not fit neatly into provinces, or even city limits). To disambiguate from the two above terms which are in common use, it may be deemed Greater Manila Area. This article is about this contiguous built-up zone. The built-up zone covers Metro Manila as well as parts of the neighboring provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. Though sprawl continues to absorb new zones, some urban zones (notably Angeles and San Fernando of Pampanga) are independent clusters of settlements surrounded by non-urban areas; Manila's belt of urbanization has yet to absorb them.

Province-level data

Of the above-mentioned provinces, there are stark development contrasts ranging from dense suburban to rural areas within a province.

Overall, the density of provinces around Metro Manila is far higher than the national average. Cavite and Batangas, for example, is 1,888.9 per square km or 6.17 times the national average. Similarly, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija all have population density over twice the national average of 306 per square km. The sum total population of these provinces ignoring finer details of locality data, is about 25.5 million using 2010 census figures.

Population densities of Batangas localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Cavite localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Bulacan localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red, 950-1000 in brown
Population densities of Pampanga localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red
Population densities of Laguna localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red
Population densities of Rizal localities, 1,000 people/km2 or more in red

Table 1

Localities which have at least 1,000 people per square kilometer and are in a contiguous 1,000+ people/km2 density zone with Metro Manila:

Region Population (2010 Census figures)[1] Area (km²) Density (per km²)
Metro Manila 11,553,427 636 18,166
Lipa, Batangas 260,568 209.4 2,942.2
Santo Tomas 113,105 95.41 1,185.5
Tanauan*, Batangas 142,537 147.2 968
Malvar 41,730 33.0 1,264.5
Padre Garcia 42,942 41.51 1,264.5
Mataas na Kahoy 25,400 22.1 1,149.3
San Jose 61,307 53.29 1,150.4
San Pascual 57,200 50.7 1,128.2
Batangas City 295,231 282.96 1,150.4
Talisay 39,120 28.2 1,387.2
Bauan 79,831 53.3 1,497.7
Batangas Subtotal 1,158,971 1017.07 1,139.5
Meycauayan 196,569 22.10 8,894
Marilao 160,452 26.25 6,112
Santa Maria 205,258 90.92 2,258
San Jose del Monte 439,090 165.10 2,659
Bocaue 105,817 31.87 3,320
Malolos 223,069 67.30 3,314
Balagtas, Bulacan 62,684 32.05 1,956
Bulacan, Bulacan* 72,289 72.9 972.5
Guiguinto 89,225 21.48 4,153
Plaridel, Bulacan 99,817 41.0 2,434
Pandi, Bulacan 60,637 31.7 1,912
Calumpit, Bulacan 98,017 56.25 1,442
Pulilan, Bulacan 85,008 30 2,834
Hagonoy, Bulacan 126,329 103.10 1,225.3
Baliuag, Bulacan 136,982 41.88 3,270
Obando, Bulacan 56,258 52.1 1,079.8
Paombong, Bulacan 53,510 46.3 1,155.7
Bulacan Subtotal 2,271,011 919.58 2,470
Trece Martires 155,713 39.10 4,000
Bacoor 441,197 52.4 8,419
Imus 253,158 64.7 3,912
Kawit 76,405 16.7 4,575
General Trias 218,387 108.7 2,009
Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Cavite 136,613 11.4 11,983
Carmona 68,135 30.9 2,205
Cavite City 104,581 20.8 5,028
Tanza 171,795 98.2 1,749
Rosario 94,228 8.2 11,491
Noveleta 46,336 8.6 8,565
Naic 87,058 86.0 1,012
Silang* 199,285 209.4 952
Cavite Subtotal 2,609,221 845.2 5,069
San Pedro 281,808 24.05 11,717.6
Biñan 262,735 39.1 6,827
Santa Rosa 266,943 39.1 6,827
Cabuyao 205,376 43.3 4,743
Calamba 360,281 144.8 2,488
Los Baños 109,210 56.5 1,746
Bay 50,756 42.66 1,189.8
San Pablo 237,259 197.6 1,200
Laguna Subtotal 1,763,789 587.11 3004.18
Apalit, Pampanga 97,296 72.14 1,348.7
Masantol, Pampanga 50,984 48.25 1,056.6
Pampanga Subtotal 148,280 120.39 1,231.6
Antipolo 633,971 306.10 2,071.12
Cainta 289,833 26.81 10,810.63
San Mateo 184,860 55.09 3,355.60
Taytay 262,485 38.80 6,765.08
Angono 97,209 26.22 3,707.44
Binangonan 238,931 66.34 3,601.61
Rodriguez 223,594 172.85 1,293.57
Cardona 44,942 28.56 1,573.6
Morong 50,538 37.58 1,344.8
Teresa 44,436 18.61 2,387.7
Rizal Subtotal 2,070,799 776.96 2,665.2
Totals of contiguous localities* 21,419,785 4,863.21 4,404.45

Notes:

  • This city is included because its current population is projected to exceed 1,000 people per square km and completely surrounded by localities that match these criteria, as well as possibility of an undercount.
  • Localities densities of 1,000 people/km2 in a contiguous 1,000+ people/km2 density zone with Metro Manila

Table 2

Localities not contiguous with Metro Manila's 1000+ people/km2 density zone, but with a density over 1000:

Locality Population (2010 Census figures)[1] Area (km²) Density (per km²)
Taal, Batangas 39,120 28.2 1,729.1
Santa Teresita, Batangas 16,891 16.3 1,036.2
San Nicolas, Batangas 19,046 14.3 1,331.8
Mendez, Cavite 26,757 20.7 1,292.6
Victoria, Laguna 33,829 22.35 1,513.6
Pagsanjan, Laguna 35,944 26.36 1,363.6
Pila, Laguna 44,227 31.2 1,417.5
Santa Cruz, Laguna 101,914 38.59 2,640.9
Guagua, Pampanga 104,284 31.19 3,343.5
Angeles, Pampanga 314,493 66.16 4,753.52
Mabalacat, Pampanga 203,307 165.8 1,226.22
Magalang, Pampanga 98,595 97.32 1,013.1
Mexico, Pampanga 141,298 117.41 1,203.5
Santa Ana, Pampanga 49,756 39.84 1,248.9
Santa Rita, Pampanga 36,723 29.76 1,233.9
San Fernando, Pampanga 269,365 67.74 3,977
Totals 1,132,242 647.42 2,058

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Total Population and Annual Population Growth Rates by Region: Population Censuses 1995, 2000, and 2007". National Statistics Office of the Philippines. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
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