Lagos, Nigeria Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Lagos, Nigeria metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Lagos in 2021 is 14,862,000, a 3.44% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Lagos in 2020 was 14,368,000, a 3.34% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Lagos in 2019 was 13,904,000, a 3.28% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Lagos in 2018 was 13,463,000, a 3.23% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Nigeria
City Name Population
Lagos 14,862,000
Kano 4,103,000
Ibadan 3,649,000
Abuja 3,464,000
Port Harcourt 3,171,000
Benin City 1,782,000
Onitsha 1,483,000
Uyo 1,200,000
Kaduna 1,133,000
Aba 1,114,000
Nnewi 1,114,000
Ikorodu 989,000
Ilorin 974,000
Jos 917,000
Owerri 908,000
Warri 899,000
Umuahia 817,000
Maiduguri 803,000
Enugu 795,000
Lokoja 741,000
Zaria 736,000
Oshogbo 731,000
Akure 691,000
Sokoto 662,000
Bauchi 621,000
Calabar 605,000
Abakaliki 602,000
Ogbomosho 577,000
Abeokuta 544,000
Gombe 529,000
Ado-Ekiti 497,000
Katsina 487,000
Okene 478,000
Igbidu 465,000
Minna 463,000
Okpogho 461,000
Gboko 456,000
Potiskum 455,000
Ondo 445,000
Gwagwalada 443,000
Oyo 441,000
Makurdi 422,000
Ikot Ekpene 398,000
Effon Alaiye 396,000
Saki 395,000
Ife 385,000
Birnin Kebbi 381,000
Ilesha 371,000
Ijebu-Ode 356,000
Lafia 348,000
Lagos - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 14,862,000 3.44%
2020 14,368,000 3.34%
2019 13,904,000 3.28%
2018 13,463,000 3.23%
2017 13,042,000 3.23%
2016 12,634,000 3.23%
2015 12,239,000 3.23%
2014 11,856,000 3.22%
2013 11,486,000 3.23%
2012 11,127,000 3.24%
2011 10,778,000 3.23%
2010 10,441,000 3.22%
2009 10,115,000 3.22%
2008 9,799,000 3.23%
2007 9,492,000 3.23%
2006 9,195,000 3.79%
2005 8,859,000 3.99%
2004 8,519,000 4.02%
2003 8,190,000 4.00%
2002 7,875,000 4.00%
2001 7,572,000 4.00%
2000 7,281,000 4.01%
1999 7,000,000 4.00%
1998 6,731,000 4.02%
1997 6,471,000 3.99%
1996 6,223,000 4.01%
1995 5,983,000 4.02%
1994 5,752,000 4.00%
1993 5,531,000 4.01%
1992 5,318,000 4.95%
1991 5,067,000 6.36%
1990 4,764,000 6.36%
1989 4,479,000 6.34%
1988 4,212,000 6.36%
1987 3,960,000 6.37%
1986 3,723,000 6.37%
1985 3,500,000 6.35%
1984 3,291,000 6.37%
1983 3,094,000 6.36%
1982 2,909,000 6.32%
1981 2,736,000 6.38%
1980 2,572,000 6.37%
1979 2,418,000 6.33%
1978 2,274,000 6.36%
1977 2,138,000 6.37%
1976 2,010,000 6.35%
1975 1,890,000 6.36%
1974 1,777,000 6.34%
1973 1,671,000 6.37%
1972 1,571,000 6.36%
1971 1,477,000 4.46%
1970 1,414,000 4.51%
1969 1,353,000 4.48%
1968 1,295,000 4.52%
1967 1,239,000 4.47%
1966 1,186,000 4.49%
1965 1,135,000 4.42%
1964 1,087,000 6.46%
1963 1,021,000 10.26%
1962 926,000 10.24%
1961 840,000 10.24%
1960 762,000 10.12%
1959 692,000 10.37%
1958 627,000 10.19%
1957 569,000 10.27%
1956 516,000 10.26%
1955 468,000 10.12%
1954 425,000 10.10%
1953 386,000 7.52%
1952 359,000 4.97%
1951 342,000 5.23%
1950 325,000 0.00%