List of Nigerian states by population

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Map of Nigerian states by population density

The following table presents a listing of Nigeria's 36 states ranked in order of their total population based on the 2006 Census figures,[1] as well as their 2019 projected populations, which were published by the National Bureau of Statistics.[2]

Rank (2019) State Population (2006) Population (2019)
1 Kano State 9,401,288 14,253,549
2 Lagos State 9,113,605 12,772,884
3 Katsina State 5,801,584 9,300,382
4 Kaduna State 6,113,503 8,324,285
5 Bauchi State 4,653,066 7,540,663
6 Oyo State 5,580,894 7,512,855
7 Rivers State 5,198,716 7,034,973
8 Jigawa State 4,361,002 6,779,080
9 Niger State 3,954,772 6,220,617
10 Ogun State 3,751,140 5,945,275
11 Sokoto State 3,702,676 5,863,187
12 Benue State 4,253,641 5,787,706
13 Borno State 4,171,104 5,751,590
14 Anambra State 4,177,828 5,599,910
15 Zamfara State 3,278,873 5,317,793
16 Delta State 4,112,445 5,307,543
17 Imo State 3,927,563 5,167,722
18 Kebbi State 3,256,541 5,001,610
19 Ondo State 3,460,877 4,969,707
20 Akwa Ibom State 3,902,051 4,780,581
21 Adamawa State 3,178,950 4,536,948
22 Edo State 3,233,366 4,461,137
23 Plateau State 3,206,531 4,400,974
24 Enugu State 3,267,837 4,396,098
25 Osun State 3,416,959 4,237,396
26 Cross River State 2,892,988 4,175,020
27 Kogi State 3,314,043 4,153,734
28 Abia State 2,845,380 3,841,943
29 Gombe State 2,365,040 3,623,462
30 Yobe State 2,321,339 3,398,177
31 Ekiti State 2,398,957 3,350,401
32 Taraba State 2,294,800 3,331,885
33 Kwara State 2,365,353 3,259,613
34 Ebonyi State 2,176,947 3,007,155
Federal Capital Territory 1,406,239 2,702,443
35 Nasarawa State 1,869,377 2,632,239
36 Bayelsa State 1,704,515 2,394,725
Total Nigeria 140,431,790 201,135,262

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