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There is no census on the town population, but the district of Dilla has a population of 96,885 people. The town is primarily inhabited by the Rer Mohamoud Nur (Mohamuud Nuur), one of the two sub divisions of Reer Nuur, a clan of the Makahiil Gadabursi. It is considered an ancestral home of the Gadabursi people 
- http://www.fsnau.org/ipc/population-table Population census by UNFP based on Somalia.
- Hayward, R. J.; Lewis, I. M. (2005-08-17). Voice and Power. Routledge. p. 136. ISBN 9781135751753.
The major town of the Rer Mohamoud Nur, Dila.
- Ambroso, Guido (August 2002). Pastoral society and transnational refugees: population movements in Somaliland and eastern Ethiopia. UNHCR Brussels.
Dilla is considered the ancestral region of Gadabursi people who fled to Ethiopia
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