Misamis Oriental, Philippines
 

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People
 
Fruit vendor of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. Photo by Elson T. Elizaga.Population in 2010: 602,088 in Misamis Oriental and 813,856 in Cagayan de Oro.

Languages: Local dialect is Cebuano but majority can speak and understand Tagalog and English. Most Chinese descendants speak Fookien. There are many Korean migrants who can speak English. Other dialects are Maranaw, Higaunon (the language of the original settlers), Ilongo, and Waray.

Religion. Almost 80 percent of the population are Roman Catholics. The rest are either liberal or conservative Protestants, such as Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Iglesia Ni Kristo. There is a small but growing population of Muslims. Fewer are Buddhists and Hindus.

 
Population
  1990 1995 2000 2007 2010 Average growth rate,
2000 to 2007
Households Density (person per sq km)
Cagayan de Oro City 339,598 428,314 461,877 553,966 602,088 1.66 93,525 1,342
Misamis Oriental 525,453 587,551 664,338 748,885 813,856 2.54 152,889 219
TOTAL 865,051 1,015,865 1,126,215 1,302,851        
National Statistics Office, Cagayan de Oro
 
Labor Force in Northern Mindanao Jan. 2008 Jan. 2009 (%) Jan. 2010 (%) Jan 2011 (%)
Labor Force (‘000)/LFPR 2,615 68.3 70.2 68.4
Employment Rate 94.7 95.7 94.8 95.1
Unemployment Rate 5.3 4.3 5.2 4.9
National Statistics Office, Cagayan de Oro
 

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Main information from Department of Trade and Industry-Misamis Oriental.