Nigeria Population: 204,142,372

Nigeria, or the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a nation that is situated on the west coastline of Africa. It is a gulf country which has 36 states and Abuja. The nation has over 500 ethnic groups, several different languages. It is famous for its landmarks and wildlife sanctuaries. Nigeria contributes 2.64 percent of the global population. Nigeria is 7th in ranking in the nation’s listing and its dependencies concerning population.

The largest cities in Nigeria by population

Here are the largest cities in Nigeria according to the population

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Lagos 9,000,000 Akure 420,594 Ila Orangun 179,192
Kano 3,626,068 Bauchi 316,149 Saki 178,677
Ibadan 3,565,108 Ikeja 313,196 Bida 171,656
Kaduna 1,582,102 Makurdi 292,645 Awka 167,738
Port Harcourt 1,148,665 Minna 291,905 Ijero-Ekiti 167,632
Benin City 1,125,058 Efon-Alaaye 279,319 Inisa 164,161
Maiduguri 1,112,449 Ilesa 277,904 Suleja 162,135
Zaria 975,153 Owo 276,574 Sapele 161,686
Aba 897,560 Umuahia 264,662 Osogbo 156,694
Jos 816,824 Ondo 257,005 Kisi 155,510
Ilorin 814,192 Ikot Ekpene 254,806 Gbongan 139,485
Oyo 736,072 Iwo 250,443 Ejigbo 138,357
Enugu 688,862 Gombe 250,258 Funtua 136,811
Abeokuta 593,100 Jimeta 248,148 Igboho 136,764
Abuja 590,400 Atani 230,000 Buguma 135,404
Sokoto 563,861 Gusau 226,857 Ikirun 134,240
Onitsha 561,066 Mubi 225,705 Abakaliki 134,102
Warri 536,023 Ikire 222,160 Okrika 133,271
Ebute Ikorodu 535,619 Owerri 215,038 Amaigbo 127,300
Okene 479,178 Shagamu 214,558 Lafia 127,236
Calabar 461,796 Ijebu-Ode 209,175 Gashua 125,817
Uyo 436,606 Ugep 200,276 Modakeke 119,529
Katsina 432,149 Nnewi 193,987
Ado-Ekiti 424,340 Ise-Ekiti 190,063

Nigeria Population History

Since 1960, Nigeria grew to become the seventh country that is most populated on the globe. This is more than the country by itself. The Nigerian government is looking for control on population growth as oil, and other valuable exports shall impact a lot. Five of the Nigerian cities have populations over 1 million. The largest city has around 17.5 million population.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 206,139,589 2.58% 5,175,990 -60,000 18.1 5.42 226 52.00% 107,112,526 2.64% 7,794,798,739 7
2019 200,963,599 2.60% 5,088,916 -60,000 17.9 5.67 221 51.20% 102,805,995 2.61% 7,713,468,100 7
2018 195,874,683 2.62% 5,001,439 -60,000 17.9 5.67 215 50.30% 98,610,801 2.57% 7,631,091,040 7
2017 190,873,244 2.64% 4,913,003 -60,000 17.9 5.67 210 49.50% 94,525,016 2.53% 7,547,858,925 7
2016 185,960,241 2.66% 4,822,793 -60,000 17.9 5.67 204 48.70% 90,546,177 2.49% 7,464,022,049 7
2015 181,137,448 2.71% 4,526,850 -60,000 17.9 5.74 199 47.80% 86,673,094 2.45% 7,379,797,139 7
2010 158,503,197 2.68% 3,927,636 -60,000 17.9 5.91 174 43.50% 68,949,828 2.28% 6,956,823,603 7
2005 138,865,016 2.58% 3,316,233 -34,000 18 6.05 152 39.10% 54,288,918 2.12% 6,541,907,027 9
2000 122,283,850 2.53% 2,867,103 -19,005 17.9 6.17 134 34.90% 42,627,440 1.99% 6,143,493,823 10
1995 107,948,335 2.54% 2,547,177 -19,154 17.7 6.37 119 32.20% 34,785,545 1.88% 5,744,212,979 10
1990 95,212,450 2.64% 2,329,933 -18,281 17.4 6.6 105 29.70% 28,276,132 1.79% 5,327,231,061 10
1985 83,562,785 2.62% 2,027,830 -135,413 17.5 6.76 92 25.70% 21,434,266 1.72% 4,870,921,740 10
1980 73,423,633 2.99% 2,009,867 164,143 18 6.76 81 22.00% 16,139,321 1.65% 4,458,003,514 11
1975 63,374,298 2.51% 1,478,431 -7,705 18.3 6.61 70 19.80% 12,535,584 1.55% 4,079,480,606 11
1970 55,982,144 2.23% 1,170,845 -8,669 18.7 6.35 61 17.80% 9,942,297 1.51% 3,700,437,046 11
1965 50,127,921 2.12% 997,893 204 19 6.35 55 16.60% 8,296,771 1.50% 3,339,583,597 13
1960 45,138,458 1.90% 810,472 541 19.1 6.35 50 15.40% 6,955,737 1.49% 3,034,949,748 13
1955 41,086,100 1.65% 645,270 674 19.1 6.35 45 12.10% 4,952,844 1.48% 2,773,019,936 13

Nigeria Population Forecast

As per UN information, the Nigerian population shall rise to 287,130,349 by 2050. But, Nigeria’s share in the total world population will vary from the current share of 2.64 percent to 4.12 percent.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 206,139,589 2.62% 5,000,428 -60,000 18.1 5.42 226 52.00% 107,112,526 2.64% 7,794,798,739 7
2025 233,343,112 2.51% 5,440,705 -60,000 18.5 5.42 256 55.80% 130,312,056 2.85% 8,184,437,460 6
2030 262,977,337 2.42% 5,926,845 -60,000 19.1 5.42 289 59.40% 156,299,881 3.08% 8,548,487,400 6
2035 294,986,051 2.32% 6,401,743 -62,360 19.9 5.42 324 62.70% 184,887,647 3.32% 8,887,524,213 5
2040 329,066,615 2.21% 6,816,113 -62,360 20.7 5.42 361 65.70% 216,083,536 3.58% 9,198,847,240 4
2045 364,711,807 2.08% 7,129,038 -62,216 21.5 5.42 400 68.60% 250,285,391 3.85% 9,481,803,274 4
2050 401,315,000 1.93% 7,320,639 22.4 5.42 441 71.50% 287,130,349 4.12% 9,735,033,990 3

Nigeria Demographics

Males and females split are not even in Nigeria. For 1.04 males, there is one female estimated within the nation. After 65 years age, males are outnumbered by women. Ethnicity is multiple, with Hausa-Fulani outnumbering all of them. Around 2/3rds of the human population follows this faith. 2/3rds of the others are Muslim. Other ethnicities are the Tiv, the Nupe, and the Kunari. English is the official language with Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo are other spoken languages.

Nigeria’s population density is 586 individuals/mi2 or 226/km2. The overall land area is 351,650 mi2 or 910,770 Km2. The urban population of Nigeria is 52.0 percent or 107,112,526 individuals. The median age is 18.1 years within Nigeria.

Nigeria Religion and Politics

Islam and Christianity are the 2 major religions followed in Nigeria. Sunni or Nigerian Muslims are in northern regions and contribute to 45.5 percent, whereas the rest of them are Christians who are in the southern and middle regions.

Nigeria Economy

The Nigerian economy is mixed, middle in income, and emerging. Financial, technology, manufacturing, entertainment, and communications are emerging. The petroleum sector is important in contributing to the Nigerian economy. It is 27th ranked in the world economy concerning nominal GDP. Nigeria’s economy has grown 1.8 percent by 2018’s third quarter. Nigeria shall have GDP rise to be highest between 2010-2050.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%