Population of Cities in Nigeria (2018)

7
Over 1 Million
80
100,000 to 1 Million
248
10,000 to 100,000
  • Lagos
  • Kano
  • Ibadan
  • Kaduna
  • Port Harcourt
  • Benin City
  • Maiduguri
  • Zaria
  • Aba
  • Jos
  • Ilorin
  • Oyo
  • Enugu
  • Abeokuta
  • Abuja
  • Sokoto
  • Onitsha
  • Warri
  • Ebute Ikorodu
  • Okene
  • Calabar
  • Uyo
  • Katsina
  • Ado-Ekiti
  • Akure
  • Bauchi
  • Ikeja
  • Makurdi
  • Minna
  • Efon-Alaaye
  • Ilesa
  • Owo
  • Umuahia
  • Ondo
  • Ikot Ekpene
  • Iwo
  • Gombe
  • Jimeta
  • Atani
  • Gusau
  • Mubi
  • Ikire
  • Owerri
  • Shagamu
  • Ijebu-Ode
  • Ugep
  • Nnewi
  • Ise-Ekiti
  • Ila Orangun
  • Saki

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, 80 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 248 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 2018 Population Location
Lagos9,000,000Map
Kano3,626,068Map
Ibadan3,565,108Map
Kaduna1,582,102Map
Port Harcourt1,148,665Map
Benin City1,125,058Map
Maiduguri1,112,449Map
Zaria975,153Map
Aba897,560Map
Jos816,824Map
Ilorin814,192Map
Oyo736,072Map
Enugu688,862Map
Abeokuta593,100Map
Abuja590,400Map
Sokoto563,861Map
Onitsha561,066Map
Warri536,023Map
Ebute Ikorodu535,619Map
Okene479,178Map
Calabar461,796Map
Uyo436,606Map
Katsina432,149Map
Ado-Ekiti424,340Map
Akure420,594Map
Bauchi316,149Map
Ikeja313,196Map
Makurdi292,645Map
Minna291,905Map
Efon-Alaaye279,319Map
Ilesa277,904Map
Owo276,574Map
Umuahia264,662Map
Ondo257,005Map
Ikot Ekpene254,806Map
Iwo250,443Map
Gombe250,258Map
Jimeta248,148Map
Atani230,000Map
Gusau226,857Map
Mubi225,705Map
Ikire222,160Map
Owerri215,038Map
Shagamu214,558Map
Ijebu-Ode209,175Map
Ugep200,276Map
Nnewi193,987Map
Ise-Ekiti190,063Map
Ila Orangun179,192Map
Saki178,677Map
Bida171,656Map
Awka167,738Map
Ijero-Ekiti167,632Map
Inisa164,161Map
Suleja162,135Map
Sapele161,686Map
Osogbo156,694Map
Kisi155,510Map
Gbongan139,485Map
Ejigbo138,357Map
Funtua136,811Map
Igboho136,764Map
Buguma135,404Map
Ikirun134,240Map
Abakaliki134,102Map
Okrika133,271Map
Amaigbo127,300Map
Lafia127,236Map
Gashua125,817Map
Modakeke119,529Map
Bama118,121Map
Ilobu118,089Map
Jalingo117,757Map
Okigwe115,499Map
Offa113,830Map
Esuk Oron112,033Map
Nsukka111,017Map
Nguru111,014Map
Hadejia110,753Map
Ijebu-Igbo109,261Map
Uromi108,608Map
Birnin Kebbi108,164Map
Pindiga106,322Map
Azare105,687Map
Nkpor103,733Map
Ikere-Ekiti103,054Map
Lafiagi102,779Map
Kontagora98,754Map
Kuje97,367Map
Yola96,006Map
Biu95,005Map
Olupona95,002Map
Lere93,290Map
Wukari92,933Map
Igbo-Ora92,719Map
Emure-Ekiti90,645Map
Isieke89,990Map
Ifo88,272Map
Igede-Ekiti87,282Map
Effium86,945Map
Idanre86,468Map
Potiskum86,002Map
Keffi85,911Map
Makoko85,840Map
Epe84,711Map
Gamboru84,672Map
Ogaminana84,373Map
Ihiala83,265Map
Ipoti82,113Map
Lalupon81,130Map
Ughelli79,986Map
Bende79,618Map
Oke Mesi79,563Map
Kafanchan79,522Map
Ikom79,103Map
Agulu79,021Map
Daura78,277Map
Numan77,617Map
Kagoro77,008Map
Ode75,463Map
Igbo-Ukwu75,224Map
Aramoko-Ekiti74,491Map
Igbara-Odo74,121Map
Ozubulu73,812Map
Aku73,742Map
Oyan73,622Map
Jega73,495Map
Asaba73,374Map
Ohafia-Ifigh73,355Map
Afikpo71,866Map
Apomu71,656Map
Fiditi71,461Map
Orita Eruwa71,027Map
Eha Amufu70,779Map
Malumfashi70,709Map
Kaura Namoda69,725Map
Enugu-Ukwu68,785Map
Idah68,703Map
Obonoma68,584Map
Agbor67,610Map
Ezza-Ohu67,414Map
Uga64,179Map
Nkwerre62,973Map
Auchi62,907Map
Lokoja60,579Map
Ekpoma59,618Map
Ijebu-Jesa51,730Map
Kabba49,869Map
Ilaro46,999Map
Damaturu46,000Map
Argungu45,584Map
Gumel42,742Map
Geidam41,367Map
Talata Mafara39,045Map
Gummi38,744Map
Otan Ayegbaju37,783Map
Ogoja37,466Map
Katsina-Ala36,722Map
Itu36,358Map
Kumo35,712Map
Oke Ila35,000Map
Pankshin31,516Map
Nasarawa30,949Map
Kachia30,893Map
Dikwa29,026Map
Moriki28,735Map
Patigi28,285Map
Wamba27,137Map
Baro26,821Map
Okuta26,589Map
Birnin Kudu26,565Map
Badagry26,383Map
Ogwashi-Uku26,137Map
Eket25,569Map
Kamba25,568Map
Daura25,289Map
Takum24,822Map
Igbeti24,690Map
Zungeru24,447Map
Zuru24,338Map
Yenagoa24,335Map
Tegina24,037Map
Awgu23,175Map
Wudil23,066Map
Nafada22,920Map
Ibi22,757Map
Sofo-Birnin-Gwari22,380Map
Dutsen Wai22,062Map
Kaiama21,897Map
Ubiaja21,782Map
Otukpa21,686Map
Oguta21,639Map
Damboa21,571Map
Jebba21,488Map
Garko21,141Map
Mokwa21,128Map
Gaya20,959Map
Tambuwal20,932Map
Elele20,620Map
Monguno20,297Map
Kwale20,226Map
Gembu19,881Map
Obudu19,668Map
Gombi19,616Map
Magumeri19,363Map
Degema Hulk19,223Map
Enugu-Ezike18,989Map
Kari18,812Map
Darazo18,415Map
Rano17,972Map
Kiyawa17,704Map
Deba17,671Map
Igbor17,666Map
Babana17,617Map
Egbe17,612Map
Gwadabawa17,486Map
Beli17,467Map
Illela17,461Map
Dutse17,129Map
Dukku16,961Map
Bonny16,868Map
Bode Saadu16,619Map
Rijau16,613Map
Kumagunnam16,557Map
Lapai16,442Map
Burutu16,410Map
Gwarzo16,303Map
Kukawa16,077Map
Akwanga15,985Map
Billiri15,976Map
Iperu15,935Map
Gwaram15,806Map
Soba15,715Map
Marte15,707Map
Ibeto15,565Map
Bukuru15,540Map
Anchau15,538Map
Ado Odo15,442Map
Ganye15,178Map
Gwoza15,176Map
Ajaokuta15,144Map
Doma15,097Map
Isanlu-Itedoijowa15,087Map
Udi14,998Map
Icheu14,704Map
Igarra14,647Map
Ankpa14,630Map
Lere14,620Map
Omu-Aran14,477Map
Ringim14,463Map
Yashikera14,454Map
Jibia14,424Map
Kajuru14,389Map
Gassol14,326Map
Shani14,305Map
Ugbokpo14,218Map
Dapchi14,077Map
Ngala14,031Map
Misau13,957Map
Gandi13,940Map
Ago Are13,919Map
Ore13,905Map
Uruobo-Okija13,898Map
Damasak13,874Map
Gamawa13,549Map
Sauri13,445Map
Konduga13,400Map
Dindima13,356Map
Ikang13,305Map
Yelwa13,234Map
Langtang13,172Map
Kazaure13,169Map
Wurno13,087Map
Kujama12,967Map
Okeho12,964Map
Madagali12,919Map
Obubra12,885Map
Ahoada12,848Map
Boju12,814Map
Agenebode12,730Map
Ajasse Ipo12,718Map
Runka12,665Map
Lau12,657Map
Kafin Hausa12,609Map
Bakori12,604Map
Dutsin-Ma12,595Map
Abak12,562Map
Dakingari12,558Map
Bokkos12,538Map
Gorgoram12,470Map
Zango12,371Map
Dange12,369Map
Kaltungo12,357Map
Amper12,212Map
Miringa12,117Map
Zalanga12,070Map
Vom12,000Map
Obiaruku11,936Map
Madala11,771Map
Toungo11,759Map
Agaie11,742Map
Machina11,707Map
Mutum Biyu11,702Map
Kangiwa11,701Map
Bori11,693Map
Burumburum11,689Map
Goniri11,673Map
Bara11,673Map
Uba11,648Map
Anka11,641Map
Omoku11,625Map
Kafarati11,535Map
Bin Yauri11,501Map
Maru11,496Map
Gagarawa11,450Map
Gujba11,359Map
Opi11,237Map
Mallammaduri11,156Map
Twon-Brass11,122Map
Dekina11,067Map
Bebeji10,987Map
Arochukwu10,776Map
Takai10,748Map
Panyam10,715Map
Koton-Karfe10,709Map
Katagum10,602Map
Zaki Biam10,470Map
Goronyo10,460Map
Etinan10,318Map
Aliade10,292Map
Wawa10,200Map
Gabarin10,160Map
Gwandu10,018Map
Madara10,015Map
Maiyama10,014Map
Wagini9,986Map
Buga9,913Map
Benisheikh9,825Map
Ete9,805Map
Bugana9,737Map
Danja9,736Map
Kankara9,609Map
Amagunze9,598Map
Alapa9,584Map
Yuli9,549Map
Kura9,537Map
Tsafe9,367Map
Orlu9,351Map
Birniwa9,334Map
Shinkafi9,324Map
Ejirin9,204Map
Holma9,199Map
Wuyo9,189Map
Ifaki9,185Map
Ogurugu9,135Map
Kwatarkwashi9,084Map
Mahuta9,047Map
Dambatta8,940Map
Baissa8,911Map
Musawa8,904Map
Mberubu8,904Map
Ruma8,857Map
Igabi8,840Map
Rabah8,707Map
Imeko8,627Map
Bokani8,624Map
Agbabu8,611Map
Auna8,590Map
Ochobo8,567Map
Orodo8,527Map
Owode8,513Map
Kibiya8,500Map
Hunkuyi8,465Map
Bomadi8,402Map
Bena8,361Map
Umunede8,331Map
Badeggi8,283Map
Sade8,223Map
Isara8,205Map
Adoru8,203Map
Kwolla8,200Map
Wasagu8,157Map
Ngurore8,139Map
Samamiya8,087Map
Duku8,014Map
Suya7,936Map
Siluko7,920Map
Dan Gora7,907Map
Mashi7,845Map
Hinna7,826Map
Iho7,776Map
Yandev7,750Map
Konkwesso7,687Map
Ilare7,685Map
Ifon7,623Map
Dan Sadau7,568Map
Kuta7,528Map
Mando7,500Map
Zadawa7,495Map
Idi Iroko7,487Map
Data Sources