According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 126,352 people in 25,126 households.
Roxas City is politically subdivided into 47 barangays.
Roxas City is the site of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi's settlement when he arrived from Cebu. Panay used to be the capital of the Province. Capiz,the same name of the province, was the old name of Roxas City. The settlement was accepted as a "visita" of the town of Panay. The settlement was originally named "El Puerto de Capiz". According to a 1732 census, there were 327 inhabitants. In 1746, Capiz was made the seat of the military government, although it was still theocratically controlled by the Bishopric of Cebu. According to a 1760 census, there were 17,683 inhabitants. On May 31, 1847, a Royal Decree turned the province into an alcadia.
Roxas City was once known as the "Municipality of Capiz" and it became a city on May 12, 1951 with the issuance of the city charter, Republic Act No. 603. Lorenzo Arnaldo was its first mayor. This city was named Roxas City in honor of President Manuel Roxas.
According to a 1990 census, there were 103,171 inhabitants.In 1732 it had a population of 2,327. In 1760, 3,971. 16 were Spaniards. In 1876, 17,683 persons. In 1990, 103,171.
- Pres. Manuel Roxas Memorial School (North and South)
- Banica Elementary School
- Cong. Ramon A. Arnaldo High School (formerly City of Roxas High School)
- Capiz Commercial School
- Capiz National High School
- Roxas City School for Philippine Craftsmen (RCSPC)
- Capiz State University (formerly Capiz Institute of Technology)
- Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion
- St. Mary's Academy of Capiz
- Our Lady of Grace Academy, Brgy. Lonoy, Roxas City
- Filamer Christian College
- St. John College
- Saint Anthony College of Roxas City
- ACLC Roxas Branch
- Hercor College
- Roxas Memorial General Hospital
- Capiz Emmanuel Hospital
- Saint Anthony's Hospital
- Capiz Doctors Hospital
- Manuel Roxas-President
- Josefa Abiertas- The first woman bar topnotcher and proponent of the Women's Suffrage Bill
- Geraldine "Pebbles" Asis y Villarruz - Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1987 and Top sixth semifinalists during Ms. Universe 1987 in Singapore
- Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation: Channel 2 it used to be a rebroadcast of Iloilo-based IBC channel 13. In the 80's it showed programs such as 12 under Club, a children's variety show from Iloilo. It also showed films of Jacky Chan and the Three Stoogies. Most of Ramon Revilla movies featured on PPP or Piling-Piling Pelikula. The transmitter of IBC-2 is located at Homesite, Lawa-an, Roxas City. The transmitter is popularly called as "Telecom", which has been popular place if you want to see the top view of Roxas City.
- GMA Network: KAPUSO Network Channel 5 = It started in 1994. During their test broadcast they had CNN rebroadcast for about 3 minutes and then they aired the color bar, then the opening sequence of Lethal Weapon 3 up to the explosion of the building then they went off the air. The next day, they had been airing the GMA programs from Manila. There were a lot of technical errors during the first year of airing. There were times that there were only sound and no picture, sometimes it has a clear picture but there were no sound at all. Most of the time during its early days, you would need a tall outdoor antenna for you to be able to view the channel clearer and with good sound quality.
- ABS-CBN: Channel 21 = when this channel started, its signal sometimes appeared on channel 10. So most people during its test broadcast thought that the cable signal can be seen on channel 10 and 21. It has a perfect signal when it started unlike the arch-competitor of the network. You may only need your TV's rabbit antenna without pulling it all out then you can watch a clearer and good sound quality. This channel differed from its counterparts throughout Western Visayas as it was getting it's programming directly from ABS-CBN Manila with capabilities of airing commercials and ticker tapes while in-program. Unlike in Iloilo that they have the capabilities airing their own newscast sharing the 5pm to 6pm timeslot with ABS-CBN Bacolod for their respective TV Patrol versions. The 5pm to 6pm timeslot in Roxas City was programmings direct from ABS-CBN Manila. At present, ABS-CBN-Roxas is now airing the TV Patrol-Iloilo and they adapted the Regional Network Group format.
DYRX was the first AM station in the city, but it has been off the air for decades. It was active in the 50's and 60's which was the station's heydays. The name DYRX has been relive through CBS's FM station, a Florete-owned radio station and is not related to the original DYRX name.
- Bombo Radyo Philippines: Locally known as owned by Rogelio Florete's Consolidated Broadcasting Service DYOW 918 khz Bombo Radyo-Roxas. The first radio station in the city to be barrage with death threats. The first time that a grenade exploded outdide it's transmiter located few meters aways from the studios while interviewing then-Congressman Mar Roxas.
- Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation: DYJJ 1296 khz Radyo Budyong. It has programs that simulcast over Wesfardell Cable channel 6. A local programming of news and public affairs. After the public affairs shows in the morning, it caters with popular music.
- Radio Mindanao Network: DYVR 1377 khz Radyo Agong - 1377 was its original frequency in the 1980's and 1990's. The closest competitor of this network was the Bombo Radyo.
- RGMA: a Kapuso Network which used to be the most well-off radio station in the city went off the air for less than 2 years after it started in the city and the most popular anchormen of the two top radio stations transferred to RGMA.
- DYRO 945 kHz is a radio station owned by Allied Broadcasting Company. It has a nickname "Radyo Tagring". It has been off the air since 1994 after a typhoon knocked down its transmitter. There had been talks that it will be back on air, but the studio had been emptied already.
- Radio Mindanao Network: DYVR 93.9 mhz - The first FM station in the city which operated in mono and 1kw signal from the 80's to early 90's. It became stereo when a new fm station opened in 1991, the Westwind Broadcasting, which broadcasts in full stereo and mostly used CD players. DYVR Fm also increased its signal to 5kw when DYRX-Fm, which started in 1993 broadcasts in 5kw and full stereo. It used to be simply know as DYVR 93.9 fm before they became Smile Radio which carries a comedy format wherein all DJ's should always crack a joke on the air, then became VRFM 93 in 1999 when their sister station DWKC in Manila became KCFM 93 and catered the Class A-B market, then reformatted back to Class C-D-E market and renamed the station to I-Fm.
- Bombo Radyo Philippines: Locally known as owned by Rogelio Florete's Consolidated Broadcasting Service DYRX 103.7 Mhz Star-Fm-Roxas the first fm station in the city to feature a state-of-the-art studio and transmitter. Before it was renamed to Star Fm, it used to be "The Sound of the Future". It differed from its Bacolod and Iloilo counterpart which both carried "The Rythm of the City" monicker. Most youth that time was disappointed because it did not become Roxas' version of "The Rhythm of the City", although there were similar programming as what 95.5 DYIF-Bacolod and 99.5 DYRF-Iloilo had. The misconception that Star FM Roxas would be different from Star FM Bacolod and Iloilo was disproved though after Star FM Roxas did sound very similar to 95.5 IF Bacolod and 99.5 RF Iloilo.
The pioneer Disc Jockeys of DYRX 103.7 (Star FM Roxas)were:
Martin Melon Banana Joe Coco Bill Chico Rico John Lemon Strawberry Apple
Named after popular fruits, the DJ's of DYRX 103.7 Mhz became instant celebrities in Roxas City. Usually tapped to host popular local shows such as the Miss Halaran, they also acted as spin DJ's for discos and voice over for big concerts.
The first station also to broadcast 24 hours a day, but after about 8 years, they followed the 18-hour a day format which most of the radio stations in the city either signs off at 10pm or 12 midnight because of few advertisers or none at all from 9pm to 5am. At present, Star-Fm has been rated as the NUMBER ONE RADIO Station in Roxas City besting even it's sister station Bombo Radyo AM and is the only surviving FM radio in the city.
- Manila Broadcasting Company: Radyo Natin 105.7 a community radio station that broadcasts in a low-power signal at 500 watts. It carries the DZRH programs in the morning, music in the midday till about 7pm then they also broadcast the Ang Dating Daan programs till 10 pm.. It was just a relay station. Broadcast originated from Manila. This FM Station is now inactive.
- Westwind Broadcasting it started in 1991, DYKP fm broadcasts from their original frequency at 89.7 before they transferred to 97.3 known as the big switch event. They also had lots of listeners since they started as their location can easily be visited and all discjockeys can be seen through the window of the studio which was located at the 5th floor of the Daliva building in the heart of downtown Roxas City. The most popular discjockeys then were Mr. Martinez who used to be a Close-up model in the 80's and a cousin of actors William and Albert Martinez, Angela whose voice was similar to the voices of most stations in Iloilo, later transferred to Radyo Natin. DYKP's listeners declined when they accepted too many advertisers and less music were played. They went off the air before DYRX went on the air in 1998. This was also the first radio station to have its own fans club called "SmileCLub" and a smiley as their shirt logo. The first fm station to participate in the Halaran Festival 1991 who paraded together with the DJs and Fans Club members. Meanwhile, back in 1998, it DYKP moved its studios to Boracay Island & changed its brand to B 97 or Boracay 97. However, in 2000, it ceased broadcasting due to lack of advertisers. This FM Station is now inactive.
Cable TV Stations
- Wesfardell Cable Services
- Alto Cable TV
- Sinadya Sa Halaran
- Diwal Harvest: Roxas City Seafood Festival
- Aswang Festival