Nigeria Population (LIVE)

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Nigeria Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Nigeria is 202,909,841 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Nigeria 2019 population is estimated at 200,963,599 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.61% of the total world population.
  • Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Nigeria is 221 per Km2 (571 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles)
  • 51.2 % of the population is urban (102,805,995 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Nigeria is 17.9 years.

Population of Nigeria (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationNigeria
Global Rank
2019 200,963,599 2.60 % 5,088,916 -60,000 17.9 5.67 221 51.2 % 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 50.3 % 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 49.5 % 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 48.7 % 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 47.8 % 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 43.5 % 68,949,828 2.28 % 6,956,823,603 7
2005 138,865,016 2.58 % 3,316,233 -34,000 18.0 6.05 152 39.1 % 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 34.9 % 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 32.2 % 34,785,545 1.88 % 5,744,212,979 10
1990 95,212,450 2.64 % 2,329,933 -18,281 17.4 6.60 105 29.7 % 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 25.7 % 21,434,266 1.72 % 4,870,921,740 10
1980 73,423,633 2.99 % 2,009,867 164,143 18.0 6.76 81 22.0 % 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 19.8 % 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 17.8 % 9,942,297 1.51 % 3,700,437,046 11
1965 50,127,921 2.12 % 997,893 204 19.0 6.35 55 16.6 % 8,296,771 1.50 % 3,339,583,597 13
1960 45,138,458 1.90 % 810,472 541 19.1 6.35 50 15.4 % 6,955,737 1.49 % 3,034,949,748 13
1955 41,086,100 1.65 % 645,270 674 19.1 6.35 45 12.1 % 4,952,844 1.48 % 2,773,019,936 13
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Nigeria Population Forecast

-62,016
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationNigeria
Global Rank
2020 206,139,589 2.62 % 5,000,428 -60,000 18.1 5.42 226 52.0 % 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 55.8 % 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 59.4 % 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 62.7 % 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 65.7 % 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 68.6 % 250,285,391 3.85 % 9,481,803,274 4
2050 401,315,000 1.93 % 7,320,639   22.4 5.42 441 71.5 % 287,130,349 4.12 % 9,735,033,990 3
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Nigeria Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Nigeria
Life Expectancy
55.75 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
54.7
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
90.2
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
104,469,637 50.68% 101,669,950 49.32% 206,139,589 1.03

Population Pyramid for Nigeria (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 45,824,482 51.12% 43,820,702 48.88% 89,645,184 43.49%
15-24 20,321,764 50.83% 19,657,257 49.17% 39,979,021 19.39%
25-54 31,561,018 50.53% 30,896,807 49.47% 62,457,825 30.30%
55-64 4,094,904 48.67% 4,318,421 51.33% 8,413,325 4.08%
65+ 2,667,469 47.26% 2,976,763 52.74% 5,644,232 2.74%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 89,645,184 43.49% 80.9
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 110,850,171 53.77% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 5,644,232 2.74% 5.1
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
95,289,416 46.23% 86.0

Main Cities by Population in Nigeria

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Lagos 9,000,000
2 Kano 3,626,068
3 Ibadan 3,565,108
4 Kaduna 1,582,102
5 Port Harcourt 1,148,665
6 Benin City 1,125,058
7 Maiduguri 1,112,449
8 Zaria 975,153
9 Aba 897,560
10 Jos 816,824
11 Ilorin 814,192
12 Oyo 736,072
13 Enugu 688,862
14 Abeokuta 593,100
15 Abuja 590,400
16 Sokoto 563,861
17 Onitsha 561,066
18 Warri 536,023
19 Ebute Ikorodu 535,619
20 Okene 479,178
21 Calabar 461,796
22 Uyo 436,606
23 Katsina 432,149
24 Ado-Ekiti 424,340
25 Akure 420,594
26 Bauchi 316,149
27 Ikeja 313,196
28 Makurdi 292,645
29 Minna 291,905
30 Efon-Alaaye 279,319
31 Ilesa 277,904
32 Owo 276,574
33 Umuahia 264,662
34 Ondo 257,005
35 Ikot Ekpene 254,806
36 Iwo 250,443
37 Gombe 250,258
38 Jimeta 248,148
39 Atani 230,000
40 Gusau 226,857
41 Mubi 225,705
42 Ikire 222,160
43 Owerri 215,038
44 Shagamu 214,558
45 Ijebu-Ode 209,175
46 Ugep 200,276
47 Nnewi 193,987
48 Ise-Ekiti 190,063
49 Ila Orangun 179,192
50 Saki 178,677
51 Bida 171,656
52 Awka 167,738
53 Ijero-Ekiti 167,632
54 Inisa 164,161
55 Suleja 162,135
56 Sapele 161,686
57 Osogbo 156,694
58 Kisi 155,510
59 Gbongan 139,485
60 Ejigbo 138,357
61 Funtua 136,811
62 Igboho 136,764
63 Buguma 135,404
64 Ikirun 134,240
65 Abakaliki 134,102
66 Okrika 133,271
67 Amaigbo 127,300
68 Lafia 127,236
69 Gashua 125,817
70 Modakeke 119,529

See also

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Notes

The Nigeria Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Nigeria delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Nigeria (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Nigeria in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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