Top 10 Most Populated States in Nigeria (2022 Updated)

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, and, also the giant of Africa, Nigeria is blessed with natural and mineral resources, Nigeria is a growing nation, every year her population increases by what it’s been in previous years.

The last census conducted in 2006 showed the population of the nation, the total number of individuals in every state, the United Nations predicted that in years to come Nigeria’s total population will increase massively before the year 2050, prediction for the future. 

Soon this country would be the third most populated country in the world, Nigeria the ”Giant of Africa” is a blessed nation, the sloganHi of each state in Nigeria has a great role to play in identifying the growth and development.

The 10 most populated states in Nigeria 

The populated state in Nigeria is highlighted below, the exact figure on the last census which comprises the population.

Lagos State:- 21 Million

As of 2021, Lagos State is the most populated state in Nigeria, the state comprises different tribes and ethnic groups, majorly the Yorubas are the most dominant people in Lagos State. A place where business activities boom massively, companies of different kinds are situate in Lagos State. 

The population as of the 2006 census 7,682,953 people was recorded, the current data collation has shown Lagos State has grown it initial to the current one, which is 22 million people.

Kano State:- 16 Million

The second-largest and populat state in Nigeria is Kano State, the state has a very large landmass compare to Lagos State, it’s the 2nd most populat.

Majorly activities of people in Kano State is farming, people give birth so their offspring can be useful in their large piece of land. In 2006, Kano has a population of about 9,383,682 now it’s has grown to more than 16 million people.

Oyo State:- 15 Million

The third populous state, and the second Yoruba-speaking tribe in Nigeria, the state has grown massively, in 2006, the total population was 6.6 million people, now it has more than 15 million people.

Kaduna State:- 13 Million

The Hausa-speaking tribe in Nigeria, having a total population of 13 million individuals, the state is known for agricultural produce, manpower is use to cultivate and bring increase to the state.

From the last census, the state has a population of 6,156,562 currently the increase is far more than what was expect, having more than 13 million people as of 2021.

Rivers State:- 11.5 Million

The first state in the southern part of Nigeria, Rivers is bless with natural resources which in turn has add to the growth and development of Nigeria, majority of individuals in the state comprises the Igbos an the Akwaibomite majorly, other tribe’s are inclusive, the state has more foreigners, those who work in the oil and gas sector.

The state has an increasing population of more than 11 million people.

Katsina State:- 10.5 Million

There is a core Muslim state where the population of Islamists is more in number compare to other states. The current and past presidents of Nigeria are from Katsina State, late Yar’adua, and President Buhari.

Over the years the state has had a massive increase in its population compared to what was in 2006 – 2016 the current 2021 update, the state has an increasing population of 10.5 million people.

Bauchi State:- 9.5 Million

Bauchi State is among the poorest state in Nigeria has a high population of more than 9 million people.

Anambra State:- 8.8 Million 

Another southeastern state in Nigeria is known for its high commercial activities, more business activities are carry out in the state, the state is solely for business since the Igbos specialize in buying and selling, which the result is to make a profit.

The population is increasing daily, leaving with an estimate of more than 8 million.

Jigawa State:- 8.4 Million

Jigawa is a Hausa and Fulani major, they are more into farming and cattle rearing, Jigawa is the 9th most populated state in Nigeria on the list. Currently, it has an increasing population of 8.4 million people.

Benue State:- 8 Million

The food basket for the nation, majorly farming is what keeps people in these states moving, they farm in very large quantities, that why the slogan is ”food basket for the nation” Benue is a growing and not developing state, due to the crisis of herdsmen and the Boko Haram insurgency, the state isn’t growing economical.

It remains amongst the populated state in Nigeria, having several 8 million people.

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