The earliest recorded census in 1903 showed Dapitan with a population of only 8,086. Its population rose to 12,866 in 1918; 28,295 in 1939 and further to 37,984 in 1948. In 1960, however, the city’s population dropped by 10,467 (-2.65%) following the separation of Sibutad, La Libertad and Rizal from Dapitan to become separate municipalities of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. From 1970 onwards, Dapitan’s population showed an increasing trend in the average growth rate as indicated on Table 1.

HISTORICAL GROWTH OF POPULATION AND GROWTH RATE

DATEPOPULATIONINCREASE (DECREASE)AVERAGE GROWTH
March 2, 1903 8,0864,7803.14
December 31, 1918 12,86615,429 3.82
January 1, 1939 28,295 9,689 3.33
October 1, 1948 37,984 (10,467) (2.65)
February 15, 1960 27,517 10,264 3.22
May 6, 1970 37,781 8,480 4.13
May 1, 1975 46,261 8,433 3.40
May 1, 1980 54,694 4,6780.82
May 1, 1990 59,372 3,6251.19
May 1, 1995 62,997 5,181 1.59
May 1, 2000 68,178 9,2631.28
August 1, 2007 72,792 4,977 1.25
May 1, 2010 77,441
August 1, 2015 82,418

Source:  Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Dipolog City

According to the 2010 Census of Population of Dapitan City, it has a total population of 77,441 persons while on August 1, 2007 actual census of the City it has 72,792 total population and 82,418 for 2015.