- Davao City, also known simply as Davao, Mindanao’s largest highly urbanized city
- Regions and provinces
- The Davao Region, an administrative region
- The present day provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental
- Davao Province (1914–1967), a former province comprising what are now the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental
- Davao Province (1972-1998), former name of Davao del Norte, comprising what are now the provinces of Compostela Valley and the present day Davao del Norte
- Metro Davao, a metropolitan area in the Mindanao island group, Philippines with Davao City as the metropolitan core
- Davao International Seaport, a seaport located at Davao City, Mindanao island in the Philippines
- Water bodies
- Davao Gulf, a gulf found in Mindanao in the Philippines
- Davao River, third largest river catchment on the Southern Philippines Island of Mindanao
Davao City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw, Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw) is a city in Mindanao island, the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area, and the most populous city in the country outside Metro Manila. It is geographically situated in the province of Davao del Sur and grouped under the province by the Philippine Statistics Authority but being a highly urbanized city, it is governed and administered politically independent from it. The city has a total land area of 2,443.61 km2 (943.48 sq mi), and a population of 1,632,991 people based on the 2015 census. This figure also makes it the third-most-populous city in the Philippinesand the most populous in Mindanao.
It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2015 census with a population of 2.5 million, after Metro Manila‘s 12.8 million and Metro Cebu‘s 2.8 million). 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 as the “Durian Capital of the Philippines”.
The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.
Davao City is constantly described by its residents and the national media as one of the world’s safest cities. In reality, however, the city has the highest murder rate and the second highest rape rate in the Philippines.