Population of Nigeria

Population - July 2024 229,152,217 #6 worldwide Bandera of Nigeria
Annual Growth 5,393,889 #2 worldwide
Median Age 17.4 years #222 worldwide
Life Expectancy 54.1 years #237 worldwide
Density 251.6 p/km² #57 worldwide

As of July 2024, the population of Nigeria is 229.2 million. The number of inhabitants has increased by 5 million in the last year, representing a growth of 2.39%. The median age of the population has increased in recent years, rising from 16.7 years in 2014 to 17.4 years in 2024. Currently, life expectancy at birth is 54.1 years and population density is 251.6 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Population Growth

The population growth rate of Nigeria peaked in 1980, reaching around 3.08% annually, but has since declined to approximately 2.35% in 2024. However, the annual increase in the number of people continues to rise, reaching around 5.39 million in 2024.

Life Expectancy

In Nigeria, life expectancy at birth has been increasing, with the indicator rising from 48.8 years in 2004 to 54.1 years in 2024, representing an increase of more than 5 years over the past 2 decades.

Most populous cities in Nigeria

Nigeria has multiple large cities with a significant number of inhabitants. The most populous city is Lagos, con una diferencia significativa sobre las demás, alcanzando approximately 15.4 million inhabitants. It is followed by Kano, Kano State with 4.9 million and Ibadan, Oyo State with 3.6 million.

These are the 20 most populous cities in Nigeria:

# City Population
1 Lagos 15,388,000
2 Kano, Kano State 4,910,000
3 Ibadan, Oyo State 3,649,000
4 Abuja, FCT 2,690,000
5 Port Harcourt, Rivers State 2,120,000
6 Kaduna, Kaduna State 1,850,000
7 Benin City, Edo State 1,782,000
8 Onitsha, Anambra 1,553,000
9 Aba, Abia State 1,160,000
10 Maiduguri, Borno State 1,110,000
# City Population
11 Ilorin, Kwara State 1,080,000
12 Jos, Plateau State 1,040,000
13 Sokoto 1,040,000
14 Zaria, Kaduna State 980,000
15 Enugu, Enugu State 950,000
16 Warri, Delta 910,000
17 Oyo, Oyo State 736,072
18 Abeokuta, Ogun State 735,000
19 Akure, Ondo State 730,000
20 Bauchi 693,700