The 10 Best Places to Live in the Philippines







The 10 Best Places to Live in the Philippines

[Backed by Research]

In making a decision in buying your new home, location is one of the most important variables. Location is the proximity to desirable or undesirable factors which has an enormous effect on your home buying decision. Today we’ll list the 10 Best Places to live in the Philippines backed by the research from the Philippine Statistics Authoritywhich is largely based on the Human Development Index (HDI). The research was started 4 years ago and was published this year (2016) .

The Human Development Index measures the average achievement in a specific location in three basic dimensions of human development:

A long and healthy life – Life Expentancy 

The acquisition of knowledge – Education 

Access to resources to obtain good standard of living – Income

In this article, you’ll know the 10 best places with its rank based on Life Expentancy, Education and Income among the 80 provinces of the Philippines.

Here are the 10 Best Places to Live in the Philippines based on the Human Development Index by the Philippine Statistics Authority.



Life expectancy rank: #20

Education rank: #6

Income rank: #12

HDI rank: #10

Home of the “malambing na puntó”, the effervescent Economy of Iloilo’s is because of the good political will along with the cooperation of the people. The thousands of jobs came from Iloilo’s economic uprising, which made the Iloilo one of the best places to live in the Philippines.

A big list of Iloilo Festivals

The more than 50 things to do in Iloilo 

The Cost of Living in Iloilo



Life expectancy rank: #8

Education rank: #21

Income rank: #10

HDI rank: #9

Bulacan is famous for its resorts and water parks. Nicknamed as “The Gateway to the Northern Philippines”, Bulacan links Metro Manila to the enitire Northern Luzon. Due to its proximity to Metro Manila, it has been having a steady economic growth. Top corporations have established industrial estate and parks in Bulacan. If in case you want to have children but you still can’t, Bulacan is the place to go to. It is famed for Obando’s fertility dance.

Top Bulacan Resorts of 2016 

Festivals in Bulacan

Cost of Living in Bulacan

A big list of what to do in Bulacan by Drew Arellano



Life expectancy rank: #29

Education rank: #10

Income rank: #6

HDI rank: #8

You may have been one of the tourists who visited Laguna. Every summer many of our kababayan visits its attractions, most notably the Los Baños hot springs, Pagsanjan Falls, Lake Caliraya and many others. In Laguna, Real Estate levels of development vary depending on its location to Metro Manila. The towns with geographical affinity to Metro Manila have become urbanized and industrialized whereas those farther away continue to employ cottage industries and thrive on an agricultural economy. Laguna dubbed as “The Resort Capital of the Philippines” produces a big chunk of the Philippine economy from coconuts, rice, sugar, the “ber months” fruits such as lanzones and other products we use every day.

Year round Festivals in Laguna 

A big list of things to do in Laguna



Life expectancy rank: #17

Education rank: #18

Income rank: #7

HDI rank: #7

From Metro Manila, going to the north, this province is the first non-Tagalog speaking province you’ll pass through. Pampanga is the gateway to Northern Luzon after Bulacan. Each Christmas season, Pampanga, most specifically San Fernando, its capital city, becomes the center of a blooming industry which is a focal point on producing the hand-made parol that symbolized the centerpiece of Filipino Christmas.

Pampanga is popular for its cultured culinary cuisine. The people of Pampanga are famous for their culinary works from the usual things we eat to the not so common exotic cuisine. Pampanga’s Best and Mekeni are among the well known brand the Filipinos chomp through daily that started in Pampanga.

What to do in Pampanga

The 18 Festivals of Pampanga 

The Making of Pampanga Megalopolis



Life expectancy rank: #26

Education rank: #14

Income rank: #5

HDI rank: #6

You’ve always known that Bataan is home to the only completed but never fueled nuclear power plant in our country. But you probably didn’t know is that, as many people say, Bataan has always been associated to the culture Metro Manila. In an economic standpoint, much of what the province produces is transported to Metro Manila. The main industrial source of Income of Bataan is fishing. Bataan is home to thousands of fishermen. Known as the “Historical Hub of Central Luzon“, Bataan attained prominence that would find its place in the annals of world history in its role in World War II.

Exciting things to Do in Bataan

Quick Facts About Bataan 

Festivals in Bataan



Life expectancy rank: #7

Education rank: #11

Income rank: #8

HDI rank: #5

Did you know that: In 2015, Ilocos Norte’s transitional Economy rapidly grew to 16%. This is way higher than Ilocos Region’s 5% and the entire Philippine government rise at 6%. The source of livelihood in the Ilocos provinces mostly come from rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, fruits as well raising livestock. Ilocos Norte boasts that there is so much more to tourism in than its picturesque landscapes.

15 Must-See Tourist Spots in Ilocos Norte

9 things to do in Ilocos Norte 

Ilocos Norte Festivals and Cultural Events



Life expectancy rank: #3

Education rank: #5

Income rank: #4

HDI rank: #4

Situated just 20 kilometers south of the Manila, Cavite is one of the most industrialized and fastest growing provinces because of its close proximity to Metro Manila. Cavite’s Economy is mostly agricultural because despite urbanization and industrialization, a significant number of Caviteños are engaged in agribusinesses. The largest economic zone among the 12 found in Cavite is located in Gen. Trias City, while Tagaytay seats as the main tourist hub of Cavite. Though you know that Cavite serves as the landmark for the birth of our nation, its historic, striking and beautiful province provides a place conducive for both business and leisure.

Top 10 Tourist Spots in Cavite

List of Much-Awaited Festivals in Cavite 

A big List of Things to do in Cavite



Life expectancy rank: #17

Education rank: #4

Income rank: #3

HDI rank: #3

In a study conducted by the National Statistics Coordination Board, Rizal came out to be the Philippines’ least poor province with a poverty incidence rate of only 3%. Named after our national hero, Rizal is dubbed as the “Cradle of Philippine Art.”

Quick Facts about Rizal

5 things to do in Rizal by Biyahe ni Drew 

List of Festivals in Rizal Province



Life expectancy rank: #19

Education rank: #2

Income rank: #1

HDI rank: #2

You would thought that Metro Manila will be the no. 1. in this list, but it’s not. Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR), is our country’s most populous region and home to our country’s seat of government. Metro Manila contributes to more than 30% of the gross domestic product of the Philippines with an employment rate of more than 80%. Up until 2017, Metro Manila will add 1.85 million square meters of office s in the central business districts.

12 Essential Things To Do When in Metro Manila

22 Crazy Fun Restaurant Concepts to Experience in Metro Manila

8 Hidden Gems To Explore In Metro Manila



Life expectancy rank: #4

Education rank: #1

Income rank: #2

HDI rank: #1

And our No.1 Benguet. Geographically, Benguet is the home of the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio. Benguet is the most populous province in the the Cordillera Administrative Region. Tourism, agriculture and mining are the major industries that sustains this highland Economy. Benguet is also one of the most well visited tourist destinations in the country. Its attractions are centered on culture and nature.

17 of Baguio’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants

2 Benguet Destinations to Visit Other than the Overrated Baguio

5 Tourist Attractions You Didn’t Know Beyond Baguio

Here are the runner-ups

Rank #11: Siquijor
Rank #12: La Union
Rank #13: Tarlac
Rank #14: Batangas
Rank #15: Guimaras
Rank #16: Misamis Oriental
Rank #17: Nueva Vizcaya
Rank #18: Ilocos Sur
Rank #19: Cebu
Rank #20: Davao del Sur













Like & Share...