Davao Occidental

Summary data
Map of the Philippines highlighting Davao Occidental
Island groupMindanao
RegionDavao Region (Region XI)
Marine waterbodiesPhilippine Sea, Celebes Sea
Area (2013)2,163.45 km2 (835.31 sq mi)
Population (2020)317,159
Density (2020)147 / km2 (380 / sq mi)

Davao Occidental is a province in the Philippines situated in the Davao Region occupying the southeastern section of Mindanao. Its capital is the Municipality of Malita.

The province has a land area of 2,163.45 square kilometers or 835.31 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2020 Census was 317,159. This represented 6.05% of the total population of the Davao Region, 1.21% of the overall population of the Mindanao island group, or 0.29% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 147 inhabitants per square kilometer or 380 inhabitants per square mile.


Davao Occidental is bordered, clockwise from the East, by the Davao Gulf, Philippine Sea, Celebes Sea, Sarangani, and Davao del Sur.

Map of the Philippines with Davao Occidental highlighted in redMap of Davao Occidental showing its component municipalitiesDon MarcelinoJose Abad SantosMalitaSanta MariaSarangani

Local government units

Davao Occidental has 5 municipalities. The total number of barangays in the province is 105.

Local government units of Davao Occidental
NameTypePopulation (2020)Population (2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2015‑2020)Area (2013), in km2Density (2020), per km2Brgy count
Don Marcelinomunicipality45,54044,5540.46%407.3011215
Jose Abad Santosmunicipality73,38176,332-0.83%600.0612226
Malitamunicipality, capital118,197117,7460.08%883.3713430
Santa Mariamunicipality57,52653,6711.47%175.0032922
Davao Occidental Total317,159316,3420.05%2,163.45147105


The annual regular revenue of Davao Occidental for the fiscal year of 2016 was 334,018,168.00.


Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in Davao Occidental is 5 to 9, with 41,434 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 1,979 individuals.

Population of Davao Occidental by age group (2015 census)
Age groupPopulation (2015)Age group percentage
Under 16,9582.20%
1 to 432,12310.15%
5 to 941,43413.10%
10 to 1437,17611.75%
15 to 1932,48310.27%
20 to 2428,0168.86%
25 to 2925,0247.91%
30 to 3420,7476.56%
35 to 3919,4316.14%
40 to 4417,4455.51%
45 to 4915,4954.90%
50 to 5412,4933.95%
55 to 599,5923.03%
60 to 646,6772.11%
65 to 694,5711.44%
70 to 742,6960.85%
75 to 792,0020.63%
80 and over1,9790.63%
  • Youth Dependency Ratio: 62.8
  • Old Age Dependency Ratio: 6
  • Total Dependency Ratio: 68.8
  • Median Age: 21.43

Historical population

The population of Davao Occidental grew from 48,704 in 1960 to 317,159 in 2020, an increase of 268,455 people over the course of 60 years. The latest census figures in 2020 denote a positive growth rate of 0.05%, or an increase of 817 people, from the previous population of 316,342 in 2015.

Population of Davao Occidental (1903‑2020)
Census datePopulationGrowth rate

The total number of registered voters or electorate in Davao Occidental for the year 2019 was 182,122.

National roads

As of December 2016, the National Roads in Davao Occidental are:

Primary Roads

  • Daang Maharlika (MN)
  • Surigao-Davao Coastal Road

Secondary Roads

  • Asuncion-San Isidro-Laak-Veruela Road
  • Compostela-Cateel Road (Compostela Side)
  • Montevista-Compostela-Mati Boundary Road
  • Nabunturan-Mainit Park Road
  • Nabunturan-Maragusan Road

Tertiary Roads

  • Montevista-Compostela-Mati Boundary Road
  • Montevista-DNAS Road
  • Nabunturan-Mainit Park Road
  • Nabunturan-Maragusan Road


  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on registered voters is from the Commission on Elections.
  3. Maps utilize OpenStreetMap data available under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.
  4. Data on National Roads is from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
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