Population and Demographic Profile

Total Population

Some demographic characteristics of the city based on the 2010 National Census are:

  • Total household population – 95,874 or 10.14% of the province population.
  • Annual population growth rate (PGR) – 2.21% which is lower than the province PGR of 2.43%.
  • Urban population – 25,200 or 26.28%.
  • Rural population – 70,674 or 73.72%.
  • Population is predominantly labor force; more than half of population is aged 15 and over.
  • There are 107 males for every 100 females.
  • Male and female labor forces are almost equal.
  • Dependency rate – 62 dependents for every 100 working age population.
  • Average household size – 4.2 persons.
  • Literacy rate of 97.81% is higher than that of DAVAO DEL NORTE which is 97.1%.

Population Density

  • City population density is 3 persons per hectare.
  • 5 barangays with a total land area of 3104 hectares or 31.04 sq. km. are classified as urban with an average urban density of 8 persons per hectare.
  • Barangays Miranda and Moncado have bigger density due to bigger population in a smaller land area.
  • The rest of the Barangays are classified as rural with a total gross area of 27,026 hectares and an average rural density of 3 persons per hectare.


  • 39,007 or 40.71% of total population are Cebuanos.
  • Bisaya/Binisaya which comprises of 19.60% of the total population followed and Sama/Samal tribe with 18.41% of the total population respectively.
  • There are more than 100 types of Pilippines ethnic groups such as Boholano, Davaoweno, Tausug, Ilonggo, Waray and foreign nationals also reside in the city.
  • The city population is an assortment of various cultures and ethnic groupings.


  • 72% of the population are Roman Catholics.
  • The rest of the population are members of 85 other denominations of either evangelicals and non-Christian or tribal religions and those without any reported religious affiliation.


  • Most of the “Generals” being families of settlers speak various dialects of their ethnic tribes in the following order: Cebuano, Bisaya/Binisaya, Sama/Samal, Boholano, Davaoweno, Tausug, and Ilonggo/Hiligaynon.

Poverty Incidence

  • The 2015 Municipal and City Level Small Area Poverty Estimates of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the poverty incidence in Davao del Norte is only 26.1%.