Davao City remained to be the most-populated city in Mindanao with 1,622,427 population last 2015.

The population of the Philippines as of August 1, 2015 was 100,981,437, based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).  In Mindanao, the total population in 2015 was 24,135,775 with Davao as the most-populated region having 4,893,318 population. This is followed by NorthMin with 4,689,302 population; SOCCSKSARGEN region with 4,545,276; ARMM with 3,781,387; Zamboanga Peninsula with 3,629,783, and CARAGA region with 2,596,709 population.

Davao City remained to be the most-populated city in the island with 1,622,427 population last 2015. It is followed by Zamboanga City with 855,418. However, Cagayan de Oro City is growing faster than Zamboanga with 2.52% growth rate. The city of El Salvador remained the city with the lowest population having 50,101 people.

Fastest Growing Cities in Mindanao

If based on average yearly population growth, Davao City would rank first considering 34,626 people are added yearly to its population on the average. In the data presented below, the average yearly population growth was computed by getting the difference between the city’s population in 2010 and 2015 and divide it by five years.  Not shown below are next five cities in the list which are the following: Tagum (11th), Isabela, Mati, Kidapawan, Surigao, and Pagadian.

Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in Mindanao
Data above comes from Philippine Statistics Authority which conducted 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) last August 2015.

Fastest Growing Cities in Mindanao Based on Growth Rate

Growth rate data reveal a different perspective. Cotabato City would rank first granting the city added 26,437 people from 271,786 last 2010. It would be followed by the City of Isabela with 2.88 growth rate. The growth rate depends on how small the city’s former population is compared to the recent data.  Davao City adds 34,626 yearly, but it is too small compared to the city’s huge population. Same goes with Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro cities.

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According to Philippine Statistics Authority, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was the fastest growing region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.89 percent.

Growth rate of Mindanao cities
Data above comes from Philippine Statistics Authority which conducted 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) last August 2015.

The POPCEN 2015 was undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority in August 2015 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 and Executive Order No. 352 – Designation of Statistical Activities That Will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector, which stipulates the conduct of a mid-decade census primarily to update the population count in all barangays nationwide.

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