Population of Lagos State (2022)

Lagos Population 2022

Lagos population is currently estimated at 14,862,111. This makes Lagos most populous city in Nigeria and Africa.

Population of Lagos


It is the only state in Nigeria that is all round urban. Emigration into Lagos is the largest in Nigeria among all states emigration.

Population of Lagos has grown on an aveage of 3.44% annually since 2015. These data of Lagos Population projections are from the latest UN World Urbanization Prospects.

Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria and this leaves the city with thousands of visitors everyday.

It is also the most built up city in West Africa. Lagos is Port city and it houses the highest number of multinationals and businesses in Nigeria and West Africa.

These are some of the factors that contributes significantly to the population growth of Lagos.

Lagos state government puts the estimated population of Lagos at 17.5 million a figure that has been disputed and faulted by Nigeria’s federal government and country’s official population agency, National Population Commission which puts Lagos population at over 21 million thereby surpassing the population of Egypt capital, Cairo.

Ethnic Tribes in Lagos

Studies has shown that Lagos was originally occupied by Aworis, a Yoruba people. Hence Lagos is today known as Yorubaland.

However, presently, Lagos has diverse population of different ethnic and cultural background as a result of movement of people in search of greener pasture and opportunities.

Yoruba remain the major ethnic group found in Lagos, but Igbos, Hausa-Fulani and other minority tribes of Nigeria like Efik, Ijaws ans Ibibio are well found in Lagos.

Also, expartriates from some top countries of world like US, UK, Lebanese, China, Indian, Zimbabwe are found in their numbers in the city.

This is a result of heavy business activities and commercization of the city. All these contribute to the population growth and explosion of Lagos.

Lagos Size & Population Density

According to verified online reports, Lagos covers an immense areas totalling 1,171.28 square kilometers (452.23 square miles).

Lagos Population density is Pegged at about 6,871 residents per square kilometer for an estimate population of over 17 million. Greater part of Lagos is surround by oceans.

Most parts of Lagos are Islands. Nevertheless, there are mainland parts of the city like Ikeja which is the capital of Lagos.

Lagos Population Growth

Lagos is enjoying a stellar population growth. Experts are projecting that Lagos will be one of the top three (3) largest and most populous cities in the world by the year 2050.

It is no surprise that 25% of Nigeria’s GDP are generated in Lagos. At 3.44%growth rate, Lagos is estimated to have a population of about 24,418,768 by 2035.

It is however not so good for the city that about 70% population of Lagos lives in slums.

Millions of population living in Lagos live in and around lagoon without access to basic amenities such electricity, clean water, access roads etc.

This development moved world Bank to approve loan of $200 million for upgrade of nine (9) largest slums in Lagos city.

Local Government in Lagos & Population

Below is the list all local council in Lagos and their population as obtained from some online sources.

Lagos has 20 Local government areas. These local councils are recognized by Nigeria Local Government Systems.

Lagos LGA                          Population

Alimosho                             11,456,783

Ajeromi-Ifelodun                  2,000,346

Kosofe                                 665,421

Mushin                                633,543

Oshodi-Isolo                       10,621,789

Ojo                                      598,336

Ikorodu                                535,811

Surulere                               504,409

Agege                                  461,123

Ifako-Ijaiye                           428,812

Somolu                                402,992

Amuwo-Odofin                    318,576

Lagos Mainland                  317,980

Ikeja                                    313,333

Eti-Osa                                287,958

Badagry                               241,437

Apapa                                  217,661

Lagos Island                        209,665

Epe                                      181,715

Ibeju-Lekki                           117,542


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Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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