General Santos

Summary data
Typecity (highly urbanized)
Island groupMindanao
RegionSOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)
ProvinceSouth Cotabato
Barangay count26
Postal code9500
Coastal/Landlockedcoastal
Marine waterbodiesSarangani Bay [Celebes Sea]
Philippine major island(s)Mindanao
Area (2007)492.86 km2 (190.29 sq mi)
Population (2015)594,446
Density (2015)1,206 / km2 (3,124 / sq mi)
Coordinates6° 7' North, 125° 10' East (6.1139, 125.1717)
Estimated elevation above sea level18.0 meters (59.1 feet)

General Santos, formerly known as Dadiangas, is a coastal highly urbanized city in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Although administratively independent due to its distinction as highly urbanized city, General Santos is commonly grouped with the province of South Cotabato.

The city has a land area of 492.86 square kilometers or 190.29 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 594,446. This represented 13.08% of the total population of the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 1,206 inhabitants per square kilometer or 3,124 inhabitants per square mile.

Barangays

General Santos has 26 barangays as shown in the following table.

Demographic profile of barangays
BarangayPopulation percentage (2015)Population (2015)Population (2010)Change (2010‑2015)Annual Population Growth Rate (2010‑2015)
Apopong7.80%46,38445,0892.87%0.54%
Baluan1.28%7,6116,13224.12%4.20%
Batomelong0.54%3,2352,85113.47%2.44%
Buayan1.88%11,19610,3757.91%1.46%
Bula5.28%31,36332,364-3.09%-0.60%
Calumpang12.67%75,34267,15612.19%2.21%
City Heights4.04%24,01423,7721.02%0.19%
Conel1.88%11,1649,76214.36%2.59%
Dadiangas East0.80%4,7464,821-1.56%-0.30%
Dadiangas North1.36%8,0569,430-14.57%-2.95%
Dadiangas South1.04%6,1997,212-14.05%-2.84%
Dadiangas West2.33%13,82715,202-9.04%-1.79%
Fatima11.18%66,46065,1891.95%0.37%
Katangawan2.35%13,94811,95916.63%2.97%
Labangal10.38%61,71357,7466.87%1.27%
Lagao8.54%50,78947,2547.48%1.38%
Ligaya0.89%5,2984,20226.08%4.51%
Mabuhay4.76%28,28819,53344.82%7.31%
Olympog0.56%3,3522,96513.05%2.36%
San Isidro8.89%52,83242,66123.84%4.16%
San Jose1.91%11,3337,48651.39%8.22%
Siguel2.15%12,7579,90528.79%4.94%
Sinawal2.23%13,28510,71823.95%4.17%
Tambler3.61%21,47415,84535.53%5.96%
Tinagacan1.06%6,3225,63112.27%2.23%
Upper Labay0.58%3,4582,82622.36%3.92%
General Santos Total594,446538,08610.47%1.91%

Economy

According to the Bureau of Local Government Finance, the annual regular revenue of General Santos for the fiscal year of 2016 was 1,824,588,811.32.

details
Fiscal YearAnnual Regular IncomeChange
20091,073,923,206.94
20101,193,501,286.7111.13%
20111,306,489,382.409.47%
20121,238,426,981.47-5.21%
20131,315,486,245.296.22%
20141,476,322,412.3112.23%
20151,602,993,740.078.58%
20161,824,588,811.3213.82%

End notes:

  • Annual Regular Income = Locally Sourced Revenue + Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Current Year + Other Shares from National Tax Collection
  • Locally Sourced Revenue = Real Property Tax (General Fund) + Tax on Business + Other Taxes + Regulatory Fees + Service/User Charges + Receipts from Economic Enterprises

Demographics

Population by age group

According to the 2015 Census, the age group with the highest population in General Santos is 15 to 19, with 61,928 individuals. Conversely, the age group with the lowest population is 80 and over, with 2,738 individuals.

details
Age groupPopulation (2015)
Under 114,399
1 to 454,469
5 to 960,378
10 to 1458,101
15 to 1961,928
20 to 2460,909
25 to 2953,441
30 to 3445,171
35 to 3940,641
40 to 4435,762
45 to 4931,479
50 to 5424,926
55 to 5919,110
60 to 6413,902
65 to 698,690
70 to 745,031
75 to 793,371
80 and over2,738
Total594,446

Historical population

The population of General Santos grew from 85,861 in 1970 to 594,446 in 2015, an increase of 508,585 people. The latest census figures in 2015 denote a positive growth rate of 1.91%, or an increase of 56,360 people, from the previous population of 538,086 in 2010.

details
Census datePopulationGrowth rate
85,861
91,1541.21%
149,39610.38%
250,3895.30%
327,1735.14%
411,8225.06%
529,5423.53%
538,0860.58%
594,4461.91%

Location

The city center of General Santos is situated at approximately 6° 7' North, 125° 10' East, in the island of Mindanao. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 18.0 meters or 59.1 feet above mean sea level.


Distances

Based on the great-circle distance (the shortest distance between two points over the surface of the Earth), the cities closest to General Santos are Koronadal, Digos, Tacurong, Kidapawan, Davao City, and Samal. The nearest municipalities are Alabel, Polomolok, Malapatan, Malungon, Glan, and Maasim. Its distance from the national capital is 1,043.78 kilometers (648.57 miles). The following list delineates such distance measurements.

great-circle distance

Nearest towns

Nearest cities

Distance from Manila: 1,043.78 kilometers (648.57 miles) to the North‑Northwest (N26°W)

National rankings

  • Population (2015): 594,446, ranked 10 out of 1,634
  • Land area (2007): 190.29 square kilometers, ranked 144 out of 1,634
  • Population density (2015): 1,206 inhabitants per square kilometer, ranked 120 out of 1,634
  • Annual population growth rate (2010 to 2015): 1.91%, ranked 438 out of 1,634

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise specified, population count (excluding percentages) and land area figures are derived from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Data on annual regular income is from the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Department of Finance
  3. Postal code information is from the Philippine Postal Corporation.
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