Davao City

Davao City, officially known as the City of Davao (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw; Filipino: Lungsod ng Davao), is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Davao Region, Philippines. The city has a total land area of 2,443.61 km2 (943.48 sq mi), making it the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is the third-most populous city in the Philippines after Quezon City and Manila, and the most populous in Mindanao.[14] According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 1,776,949 people.[10]

Davao City
Dakbayan sa Dabaw
Lungsod ng Dabaw
(City of Davao)
  • "King City of the South"[1]
  • "Crown Jewel of Mindanao"[2]
  • "Durian Capital of the Philippines"[3]
  • "Chocolate Capital of the Philippines"[4]
"Life Is Here"[5]
Anthem: "Tayo'y Dabawenyo" ("We Are Davaoeño")
Map of Davao Region with Davao City highlighted
Davao City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°04′N 125°36′E
RegionDavao Region
ProvinceDavao del Sur (geographically only)
District 1st to 3rd districts
  • 1830 (Pinagurasan)
  • June 29, 1848 (Nueva Vergara)
  • 1867 (renamed Davao)
CharteredOctober 16, 1936
CityhoodMarch 16, 1937
Highly urbanized cityDecember 22, 1979
Founded by
Barangays182 (see Barangays)
[6] [7]
  TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
  MayorSebastian Z. Duterte (HNP)
  Vice MayorJ. Melchor B. Quitain Jr. (HTL)
  City Council
  Electorate984,604 voters (2019)
  Highly urbanized city2,443.61 km2 (943.48 sq mi)
293.78 km2 (113.43 sq mi)
3,964.95 km2 (1,530.88 sq mi)
Elevation13 m (43 ft)
Highest elevation
2,909 m (9,544 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 (2020 census)[10]
  Highly urbanized city1,776,949
  Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
  Metro density700/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
  • Davaoeño (Spanish)[11]
  • Davaoense (Spanish)[12]
  Income class1st city income class
  Poverty incidence9.47% (2018)[13]
  Revenue₱11,117,585,998.13 (2020)
  Assets₱23,664,385,255.91 (2020)
  Expenditure₱9,872,438,762.73 (2020)
  Liabilities₱7,447,155,160.04 (2020)
Service provider
  ElectricityDavao Light and Power Company (DLPC)
  WaterDavao City Water District
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)82
Spoken languagesCebuano, English, Filipino, and Native Davaoeño

It is geographically situated in the province of Davao del Sur and grouped under the province by the Philippine Statistics Authority, but the city is governed and administered independently from it. The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.

Davao City is the center of Metro Davao, the second most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao, and the regional center of Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. The city is also nicknamed the "Durian Capital of the Philippines".

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