The City of Candon has 42 barangays that are mostly agricultural in nature. Most of the people derive their livelihood from agricultural activities like agro-forestry, crop production, livestock rising and fishing.

The barangays of Candon City are classified into four categories: the “upland” barangays (located at the eastern hills and mountains), the “Poblacion” barangays (that include four of the urban barangay centers), the “Highway” barangays (those that are found along the national highway) and the “Coastal” barangays (those that are found along the eight kilometers shoreline of the city). The “upland” barangays plant more vegetables, tobacco and root crops, while the “Highway” barangays plant mainly rice and corn, and the “Coastal” barangays are engaged in fishing as well as coconut and cotton growing.

The Poblacion barangays composed of San Juan, San Antonio, San Isidro and San Jose where we find the commercial and industrial districts. It is also in the Poblacion where schools, some government and private offices and hospitals are located. Congestion at the urban center is becoming a major problem and, therefore, the city has to expand outwards to give way to its projected growth and development.
In this expansion program, the City Government built the government center in barangay Calaoa-an. It is where you can find now the City Hall, one of the most modern in northern Luzon, the buildings of the Department of Public Works and Highways (second District office), Hall of Justice and the National Tobacco Administration (Candon-Branch which caters to the whole second district of Ilocos Sur).
The city government has built all weather roads down to the barangay level and the other physical infrastructure needed.

Aside from agricultural products, the City of Candon has many small entrepreneurs engaged in specialty cottage industries such as bamboo crafts, blacksmithing, salt making, silkworm breeding (sericulture), and food manufacturing. Processed food is among the most well known to tourists and balikbayans. The City has since been known for the zesty CALAMAY and the ever-crunchy CHICHACORN or KORNIK. We can also boast of our distinct flavor for Longganisa (homemade sausages), Bagoong (fish paste), Puto and Sinambong (rice cakes and patties), and even ice cream.

Verily, the vision to make the 42 individual barangays of Candon City to be self-sufficient and independently progressive is not far-fetched. Naturally blessed with the needed raw resources and innate diligence of the people, micro industries will flourish with the help of government financing and technical assistance on production and marketing techniques.

Demography (2021)

CWMA 2212.76
Total Land Area: 10328.21