The Carles of Today
CARLES, is the last northeastern town of Iloilo Province. It is 146 kilometers from Iloilo City and has jurisdiction over 33 barangays, 15 of which are in the mainland and 18 are scattered in different islands. It has a total land area of 11,204.68 hectares spread out in both the mainland and islands of Calagna-an, Sicogon, Binuluangan, Gigantes Norte, Gigante Sur, Talunan-an, Naborot, Balbagon, Cabugao, Himamaylan, Manlot, Linadlaran, Tomaquin, Manigonigo and small other islets. Carles ranks as the 6th biggest town in the northern part of Iloilo.
With municipal waters extending 3 kilometers from the shore, Carles has a total of 154,719 hectares of territorial water area. It is bounded on the Northeast by Visayan Sea, Jintotolo Channel on the North, and the Guimaras Strait on the East.
As of 2008, the total population of Carles is 66,386. Of the total population, 33,856 are male and 32,530 are female. With an annual growth rate of 1.4% it has a density of 5.35 persons per hectare. The total number of household is 11,325 with an average size of 5.54 persons per family.
Carles is now a second class (2nd) class municipality with an annual income from local revenue of Php 9,687,836.00 and Internal Revenue Allotment of Php 69,437,977.00 for Fiscal Year 2010. The labor force Population is 56.32% of the total population or 34,035 with an unemployment rate of 58.14%.