Onitsha, Nigeria Metro Area Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Onitsha, Nigeria metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Onitsha in 2020 is 1,415,000, a 4.89% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2019 was 1,349,000, a 4.98% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2018 was 1,285,000, a 5.07% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2017 was 1,223,000, a 4.98% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Nigeria
City Name Population
Lagos 14,368,000
Kano 3,999,000
Ibadan 3,552,000
Abuja 3,278,000
Port Harcourt 3,020,000
Benin City 1,727,000
Onitsha 1,415,000
Uyo 1,136,000
Kaduna 1,113,000
Aba 1,081,000
Nnewi 1,051,000
Ilorin 950,000
Ikorodu 938,000
Jos 895,000
Owerri 873,000
Warri 856,000
Maiduguri 786,000
Umuahia 774,000
Enugu 773,000
Zaria 726,000
Oshogbo 714,000
Lokoja 692,000
Akure 666,000
Sokoto 641,000
Bauchi 598,000
Calabar 579,000
Abakaliki 572,000
Ogbomosho 551,000
Abeokuta 533,000
Gombe 509,000
Ado-Ekiti 480,000
Katsina 470,000
Okene 465,000
Igbidu 453,000
Minna 448,000
Gboko 442,000
Okpogho 440,000
Ondo 432,000
Oyo 428,000
Potiskum 426,000
Gwagwalada 410,000
Makurdi 407,000
Effon Alaiye 384,000
Ikot Ekpene 383,000
Saki 376,000
Ife 374,000
Birnin Kebbi 366,000
Ilesha 357,000
Ijebu-Ode 345,000
Lafia 336,000
Onitsha - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,415,000 4.89%
2019 1,349,000 4.98%
2018 1,285,000 5.07%
2017 1,223,000 4.98%
2016 1,165,000 5.05%
2015 1,109,000 4.92%
2014 1,057,000 5.07%
2013 1,006,000 5.01%
2012 958,000 5.04%
2011 912,000 4.95%
2010 869,000 4.95%
2009 828,000 5.08%
2008 788,000 5.07%
2007 750,000 4.90%
2006 715,000 4.99%
2005 681,000 5.09%
2004 648,000 5.02%
2003 617,000 4.93%
2002 588,000 5.00%
2001 560,000 5.07%
2000 533,000 4.92%
1999 508,000 5.18%
1998 483,000 5.00%
1997 460,000 5.02%
1996 438,000 4.78%
1995 418,000 5.03%
1994 398,000 5.01%
1993 379,000 4.99%
1992 361,000 4.34%
1991 346,000 2.67%
1990 337,000 2.74%
1989 328,000 2.82%
1988 319,000 2.57%
1987 311,000 2.98%
1986 302,000 2.72%
1985 294,000 2.80%
1984 286,000 2.51%
1983 279,000 2.95%
1982 271,000 2.65%
1981 264,000 2.72%
1980 257,000 2.80%
1979 250,000 2.88%
1978 243,000 2.53%
1977 237,000 3.04%
1976 230,000 2.68%
1975 224,000 2.75%
1974 218,000 2.83%
1973 212,000 2.91%
1972 206,000 2.49%
1971 201,000 3.08%
1970 195,000 2.63%
1969 190,000 2.70%
1968 185,000 2.78%
1967 180,000 2.86%
1966 175,000 2.34%
1965 171,000 3.01%
1964 166,000 4.40%
1963 159,000 7.43%
1962 148,000 7.25%
1961 138,000 6.98%
1960 129,000 6.61%
1959 121,000 8.04%
1958 112,000 6.67%
1957 105,000 7.14%
1956 98,000 7.69%
1955 91,000 7.06%
1954 85,000 7.59%
1953 79,000 3.95%
1952 76,000 1.33%
1951 75,000 1.35%
1950 74,000 0.00%