Population of Cities in Nigeria (2017)

7
Over 1 Million
79
100,000 to 1 Million
249
10,000 to 100,000

With multiple cities boasting populations exceeding one million, it's no wonder that Nigeria is one of the most populous countries in the world. Its biggest city, Lagos, contributes 9 million residents to the total population, while there are also 79 cities with a minimum population of 100,000 and 249 cities with populations that surpass 10,000. Nigeria has a total of 36 states, and 774 Local Government Areas that are spread across the 39th most populous country in the world.

Over half of Nigeria's population live in rural areas -- 52% to be exact. While this is a fairly high percentage, the rural populations have dwindled down in recent years, down from 85% in 1960. This reduction in numbers is likely due to problems faced in the rural areas of Nigeria, which includes a lack of or sporadic electricity, sanitary conditions, and of course, the lack of industry. Many natives are moving into urbanized, developed areas to take advantage of job opportunities and to avoid a life of poverty found in many of the smaller cities and villages in the country.

Nigeria has 7 cities with more than a million people, 79 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 249 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos, with a population of 9,000,000 people.

Lagos

In addition to the highest population, Lagos is the largest country in Africa and has the highest GDP.

9,000,000

Kano

The Hausa people are the primary inhabitants of this city.

3,626,068

Ibadan

Ibadan is not only one of the country's most populated cities, but it's also the largest by area.

3,565,108

Kaduna

Kaduna is a leading industrial city in the nation, and it's also famous for its pottery.

1,582,102

Port Harcourt

Crude oil has led to the development and growth of this Nigerian city.

1,148,665

Benin City

Benin City is one of the country's center for higher education.

1,125,058

Maiduguri

This city was originally founded as a military outpost in 1907

1,112,449

Zaria

This city's economy revolves around agriculture.'

975,153

Aba

Aba is well-known throughout the country for its skilled craftsmen.

897,560

Jos

Jos showcases the beauty of Nigeria's Plateau State.

816,824

Name 2017 Population
Lagos9,000,000
Kano3,626,068
Ibadan3,565,108
Kaduna1,582,102
Port Harcourt1,148,665
Benin City1,125,058
Maiduguri1,112,449
Zaria975,153
Aba897,560
Jos816,824
Ilorin814,192
Oyo736,072
Enugu688,862
Abeokuta593,100
Abuja590,400
Sokoto563,861
Onitsha561,066
Warri536,023
Ebute Ikorodu535,619
Okene479,178
Calabar461,796
Uyo436,606
Katsina432,149
Ado-Ekiti424,340
Akure420,594
Bauchi316,149
Ikeja313,196
Makurdi292,645
Minna291,905
Effon Alaiye279,319
Ilesa277,904
Owo276,574
Umuahia264,662
Ondo257,005
Ikot Ekpene254,806
Iwo250,443
Gombe250,258
Jimeta248,148
Gusau226,857
Mubi225,705
Ikire222,160
Owerri215,038
Shagamu214,558
Ijebu-Ode209,175
Ugep200,276
Nnewi193,987
Ise-Ekiti190,063
Ila Orangun179,192
Saki178,677
Bida171,656
Awka167,738
Ijero-Ekiti167,632
Inisa164,161
Suleja162,135
Sapele161,686
Osogbo156,694
Kisi155,510
Gbongan139,485
Ejigbo138,357
Funtua136,811
Igboho136,764
Buguma135,404
Ikirun134,240
Abakaliki134,102
Okrika133,271
Amaigbo127,300
Lafia127,236
Gashua125,817
Modakeke119,529
Bama118,121
Ilobu118,089
Jalingo117,757
Okigwe115,499
Offa113,830
Esuk Oron112,033
Nsukka111,017
Nguru111,014
Hadejia110,753
Ijebu-Igbo109,261
Uromi108,608
Birnin Kebbi108,164
Pindiga106,322
Azare105,687
Nkpor103,733
Ikere-Ekiti103,054
Lafiagi102,779
Kontagora98,754
Kuje97,367
Yola96,006
Biu95,005
Olupona95,002
Lere93,290
Wukari92,933
Igbo-Ora92,719
Emure-Ekiti90,645
Isieke89,990
Ifo88,272
Igede-Ekiti87,282
Effium86,945
Idanre86,468
Potiskum86,002
Keffi85,911
Makoko85,840
Epe84,711
Gambaru84,672
Ogaminana84,373
Ihiala83,265
Ipoti82,113
Lalupon81,130
Ughelli79,986
Bende79,618
Oke Mesi79,563
Kafanchan79,522
Ikom79,103
Agulu79,021
Daura78,277
Numan77,617
Kagoro77,008
Ode75,463
Igbo-Ukwu75,224
Aramoko-Ekiti74,491
Igbara-Odo74,121
Ozubulu73,812
Aku73,742
Oyan73,622
Jega73,495
Asaba73,374
Ohafia-Ifigh73,355
Afikpo71,866
Apomu71,656
Fiditi71,461
Orita Eruwa71,027
Eha Amufu70,779
Malumfashi70,709
Kaura Namoda69,725
Enugu-Ukwu68,785
Idah68,703
Obonoma68,584
Agbor67,610
Ezza-Ohu67,414
Uga64,179
Nkwerre62,973
Auchi62,907
Lokoja60,579
Ekpoma59,618
Ijebu-Jesa51,730
Kabba49,869
Ilaro46,999
Damaturu46,000
Argungu45,584
Gumel42,742
Geidam41,367
Talata Mafara39,045
Gummi38,744
Otan Ayegbaju37,783
Ogoja37,466
Katsina-Ala36,722
Itu36,358
Kumo35,712
Oke Ila35,000
Pankshin31,516
Nasarawa30,949
Kachia30,893
Dikwa29,026
Moriki28,735
Patigi28,285
Wamba27,137
Baro26,821
Okuta26,589
Birnin Kudu26,565
Badagry26,383
Ogwashi-Uku26,137
Eket25,569
Kamba25,568
Daura25,289
Takum24,822
Igbeti24,690
Zungeru24,447
Zuru24,338
Yenagoa24,335
Tegina24,037
Awgu23,175
Wudil23,066
Nafada22,920
Ibi22,757
Sofo-Birnin-Gwari22,380
Dutsen Wai22,062
Kaiama21,897
Ubiaja21,782
Otukpa21,686
Oguta21,639
Damboa21,571
Jebba21,488
Garko21,141
Mokwa21,128
Gaya20,959
Tambuwal20,932
Elele20,620
Monguno20,297
Kwale20,226
Gembu19,881
Obudu19,668
Little Gombi19,616
Magumeri19,363
Degema Hulk19,223
Enugu-Ezike18,989
Kari18,812
Darazo18,415
Rano17,972
Kiyawa17,704
Deba17,671
Igbor17,666
Babana17,617
Egbe17,612
Gwadabawa17,486
Beli17,467
Illela17,461
Dutse17,129
Dukku16,961
Bonny16,868
Bode Saadu16,619
Rijau16,613
Kumagunnam16,557
Lapai16,442
Burutu16,410
Gwarzo16,303
Kukawa16,077
Akwanga15,985
Billiri15,976
Iperu15,935
Gwaram15,806
Soba15,715
Marte15,707
Ibeto15,565
Bukuru15,540
Anchau15,538
Ado Odo15,442
Ganye15,178
Gwoza15,176
Ajaokuta15,144
Doma15,097
Isanlu-Itedoijowa15,087
Udi14,998
Icheu14,704
Igarra14,647
Ankpa14,630
Lere14,620
Omu-Aran14,477
Ringim14,463
Yashikera14,454
Jibia14,424
Kajuru14,389
Gassol14,326
Shani14,305
Ugbokpo14,218
Dapchi14,077
Ngala14,031
Misau13,957
Gandi13,940
Ago Are13,919
Ore13,905
Uruobo-Okija13,898
Damasak13,874
Gamawa13,549
Sauri13,445
Konduga13,400
Dindima13,356
Ikang13,305
Yelwa13,234
Langtang13,172
Kazaure13,169
Wurno13,087
Kujama12,967
Okeho12,964
Madagali12,919
Obubra12,885
Ahoada12,848
Boju12,814
Bunza12,746
Agenebode12,730
Ajasse Ipo12,718
Runka12,665
Lau12,657
Kafin Hausa12,609
Bakori12,604
Dutsin-Ma12,595
Abak12,562
Dakingari12,558
Bokkos12,538
Gorgoram12,470
Zango12,371
Dange12,369
Kaltungo12,357
Amper12,212
Miringa12,117
Zalanga12,070
Vom12,000
Obiaruku11,936
Madala11,771
Toungo11,759
Agaie11,742
Machina11,707
Mutum Biyu11,702
Kangiwa11,701
Bori11,693
Burumburum11,689
Goniri11,673
Bara11,673
Uba11,648
Anka11,641
Omoku11,625
Kafarati11,535
Bin Yauri11,501
Maru11,496
Gagarawa11,450
Gujba11,359
Opi11,237
Mallammaduri11,156
Twon-Brass11,122
Dekina11,067
Bebeji10,987
Arochukwu10,776
Takai10,748
Panyam10,715
Koton-Karfe10,709
Katagum10,602
Zaki Biam10,470
Goronyo10,460
Etinan10,318
Aliade10,292
Wawa10,200
Gabarin10,160
Gwandu10,018
Madara10,015
Maiyama10,014
Wagini9,986
Buga9,913
Benisheikh9,825
Ete9,805
Bugana9,737
Danja9,736
Kankara9,609
Amagunze9,598
Alapa9,584
Yuli9,549
Kura9,537
Tsafe9,367
Orlu9,351
Birniwa9,334
Shinkafi9,324
Ejirin9,204
Holma9,199
Wuyo9,189
Ifaki9,185
Ogurugu9,135
Kwatarkwashi9,084
Mahuta9,047
Dambatta8,940
Baissa8,911
Musawa8,904
Mberubu8,904
Ruma8,857
Igabi8,840
Rabah8,707
Imeko8,627
Bokani8,624
Agbabu8,611
Auna8,590
Ochobo8,567
Orodo8,527
Owode8,513
Kibiya8,500
Hunkuyi8,465
Bomadi8,402
Bena8,361
Umunede8,331
Badeggi8,283
Sade8,223
Isara8,205
Adoru8,203
Kwolla8,200
Wasagu8,157
Ngurore8,139
Samamiya8,087
Duku8,014
Suya7,936
Siluko7,920
Dan Gora7,907
Mashi7,845
Hinna7,826
Iho7,776
Yandev7,750
Konkwesso7,687
Ilare7,685
Ifon7,623
Dan Sadau7,568
Kuta7,528
Mando7,500
Zadawa7,495
Idi Iroko7,487