Top 10 Largest States in Nigeria by Population

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The massive influx of people in Lagos constantly shocks me. The state is just a big bubble waiting to explode and people don’t seem to see it. The population of Lagos was what piqued my interest and one thing led to another and here we are. I present to you, the Top 10 largest states in Nigeria by population. It has been a while since a proper census was held in Nigeria, but we still have our numbers.

10. Anambra State

At number 10 is Anambra State. Created in August 1991, it is nicknamed the Light of the Nation. This makes sense, given that it has one of the best State economies in Nigeria. It is also rumoured to have the highest number of millionaires and billionaires in the country. Its population is 4,177,828.

9. Benue State

Next is Benue state. I call it the ambiguous state because you can’t really put a region on it. It is neither here nor there. It is inhabited predominantly by the Tiv, Idoma and Igede peoples, who speak Tiv, Idoma, and Igede languages respectively. Its population is  4,253,641.

8. Jigawa State

Jigawa is number 8 on the list. Jugawa is a State in Central Northern Nigeria. Its capital is Dutse, and it has a population of 4,361,002.

7. Bauchi State

The state was formed in 1976 when the former North-Eastern State was broken up. It originally included the area now in Gombe State, which became a distinct state in 1996. Its name is Bauchi and its capital is Bauchi – talk about flexibility. It has a population of 4,653,066. 


6. Rivers State

It’s easy to imagine this state having a high population, I mean who doesn’t want “Oil Money”.  Its capital and largest city, Port Harcourt, is economically significant as the center of Nigeria’s oil industry. The population of Rivers State is 198,716, making it the sixth-most populous state in Nigeria.


5. Oyo State

A cool (but sad) fact is that it is an Inland state. An inland state/area is a place surrounded by land with no outlets to a water body i.e. Sea River Ocean etc. Enough Geography, the capital of Oyo State is the famous Ibadan City and it has a population of 5,580,894. 


4. Katsina State

On the fourth spot is the Home of Hospitality; Katsina State. Its capital is also Katsina and it has a population of 5,801,584. 


3. Kaduna State

What’s with these states and their capitals having the same name? Bauchi-Bauchi, Katsina-Katsina and now Kaduna-Kaduna. Get a little creative at least. Anyway, the population of Kaduna State is 6,066,562. 


2. Lagos State

Lagos City, the Home of hustlers, not to be mistaken for its real slogan; Center of Excellence. With its capital at Computer Village, sorry, I meant Ikeja, it is the second most populated state in the country. 2006 census recorded its population at a high 9,013,534.


1. Kano State

And the most populated State in the country is Kano State. Again with the same name as its capital, but that’s beside the point. It was created in 1967 and its slogan is the Center of Commerce – befitting, I must say. Its population is a staggering 9,401,288.


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