Facts & Figures Land Area
It has about 1,483.38 km² or about 148,000 hectares of sloping terrain from a surrounding shoreline of coral beaches to mineral-rich mountains. It is also one of the largest cities in the world in terms of area, with over 1,480 km², including its 28 surrounding islands.Location
The city is located on the southernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, on the island of Mindanao. It is 460 nautical miles south of Manila, 365 nautical miles northeast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, and 345 nautical miles northeast of Manado in Indonesia. It is bounded on to the west by the Sulu Sea, to the east by the Moro Gulf, and to the south by the Basilan Strait and Celebes Sea. It is about 1 1/2 hours away by plane from Manila and an hour away from both the cities of Cebu and Davao.Population
Zamboanga's population as of the 2000 census is 601,794 people in 177,152 households. It is the 6th most populous in the country.Language
Chabacano is the dominant language in Zamboanga City. Other dialects like Bisaya and the Muslim vernaculars are also spoken in certain communities in the city.Climate
Zamboanga City enjoys a location that is free from the typhoon belt area. March to May is hot and dry, with temperature at 22 degrees Celsius. June to October is rainy. November to February is cool, with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Average humidity year-round is 77%.Economy
The City of Zamboanga is a first class, highly urbanized city in the Philippines and one of the first chartered cities in the country. Zamboanga City is the sixth largest city in the Philippines. Commonwealth Act No. 39 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon on October 12, 1936 in Malacanang created and established it as a chartered city.
Zamboanga City is the center of Western Mindanao for commerce and trade, government and finance, transportation and communication. It has an international airport, a huge port area, and the Zamboanga Freeport and Economic Zone Authority.
It is known as the Sardine Capital of the Philippines because most of the sardine and canning factories are situated in Zamboanga City. It has been involved in the export of marine/aquaculture products, fruits, processed food, furniture/wood products, and many more.(http://www.tourism.gov.ph )