Population Of Lagos State

Population of Lagos State

From the World Population Review, the population of Lagos State is currently estimated at 15,387,639

Lagos as a port city is the most populous city in Nigeria. The Lagos metropolitan area started on the islands, including Lagos Island, which was shielded from the Atlantic Ocean by sandpits.

The city has now expanded to border around the mainland west of the lagoon, with Ikeja, the Lagos State capital, and Agege which is 25 miles northwest of Lagos Island. The population of Lagos State was estimated at 21 million in 2016, making it the largest city in Africa.

Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria having the highest number of businesses and multinationals.

Even though the current estimated population of Lagos State has been disputed by the Nigerian Government and even regarded as unreliable by the National Population Commission of Nigeria, as the state had a population of over 21 million in 2016.

The Lagos State Government, however, has continued to maintain its estimate of the population of Lagos at 17.5 million. In 2012, Lagos surpassed Cairo in population density and size to become the largest African city. The population of Lagos in 2011 was estimated at 11.2 million by the United Nations.

Lagos State Population Density And City Size

The city of Lagos covers an expanse of area, spreading out with a total of 1,171.28 square kilometers or 452.23 square miles.

With the population of Lagos State continually growing, and currently exceeding the estimated 17 million residents, the population density is roughly 6,871 residents per square kilometer (that is 17,800 persons per square mile).

Lagos Demographics

Lagos was originally the habitat of the Awori group of the Yoruba tribe. Today, the city is diversely populated due to heavy immigration from other parts of Nigeria and even surrounding countries.

The Yoruba people are the dominant ethnic group in Lagos State. There are above 250 ethnic groups represented in Lagos, however, the other major Nigerian tribes like Hausa, Igbo, and Fulani are resident in the country.

Small minorities of American, Chinese, British, East Indian, white Zimbabwean, Greek, Lebanese, Syrian, and Japanese are also present in the city. Around the mid-19th century, many ex-slaves of Afro-Cuban descent, Afro-Brazilians, America, and emigrants from Sierra Leone formed communities in Lagos. They are the ones that became merchants and missionaries in the city.

With the immense commercial activities and millionaires in Lagos, and despite the fact that Lagos is one of the richest states in Nigeria, it is recorded that about 66% of the Lagos State population lives in slums.

The city has also been dubbed the “mega-city of slums,” as millions live in and around the lagoons having no access to electricity, roads, clean water, or waste disposal.

The World Bank even identified 9 of the largest slums of Lagos city for renovations with a $200 million loan from the United States, such that it would benefit close to or more than one million people. One of the largest slums in Lagos State is Makoko.

The area has no security and rampant crime rates. Because of this region, Nigeria is recorded as one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere

Population Of Lagos State And The Lagos Population Growth

The population of Lagos State has spiked over the years. Lagos which used to have a population estimated at just 1.4 million in 1970, experienced tremendous growth and reached 21 million in 2016.

The city is a major generator of the export products of the country. 25% of Nigeria’s total gross domestic product yields from Lagos State and the state has produced many millionaires.

Lagos is the 8th fastest growing city in Africa. Lagos, unlike the other Nigerian States, is a perfect example of what is obtainable when the government offers energy and other resources to its residents.

In 1999, the United Nations predicted that Lagos’ metropolitan area, which had only 290,000 inhabitants in 1950, would go beyond 20 million by 2010 and eventually become one of the ten most populated cities in the world.

Though the figures are certainly close – between the current estimates and predictions, the population of Lagos State and its growth is gradually unfolding.

Lagos is a window to the future. From predictions of about 25 years from now (2022), and at the rate of increasing population growth in Nigeria currently, a population of 300 million may be expected.

The population of Lagos may unfold as the present-day ed States, with residents living in an area just the same size as New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.

The doubling population of Lagos over the last 15 years partly contributes to the poor living standards across Nigeria. Today, Nigerians is marked to populate 25% of Africans.

Current estimates show that by 2050, s’ population is expected to double again, such that will make it the 3rd largest city in the world, but having less infrastructure than other large cities of the world.

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