Onitsha, Nigeria Metro Area Population 1950-2022

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Onitsha, Nigeria metro area from 1950 to 2022. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Onitsha in 2022 is 1,553,000, a 4.72% increase from 2021.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2021 was 1,483,000, a 4.81% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2020 was 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.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Nigeria
City Name Population
Lagos 15,388,000
Kano 4,219,000
Ibadan 3,756,000
Abuja 3,652,000
Port Harcourt 3,325,000
Benin City 1,841,000
Onitsha 1,553,000
Uyo 1,265,000
Nnewi 1,177,000
Kaduna 1,158,000
Aba 1,150,000
Ikorodu 1,041,000
Ilorin 1,000,000
Owerri 945,000
Warri 943,000
Jos 942,000
Umuahia 861,000
Maiduguri 822,000
Enugu 820,000
Lokoja 791,000
Oshogbo 750,000
Zaria 749,000
Akure 717,000
Sokoto 685,000
Bauchi 645,000
Abakaliki 632,000
Calabar 631,000
Ogbomosho 602,000
Abeokuta 557,000
Gombe 551,000
Ado-Ekiti 516,000
Katsina 505,000
Okene 494,000
Okpogho 484,000
Potiskum 483,000
Igbidu 479,000
Minna 479,000
Gwagwalada 475,000
Gboko 472,000
Ondo 460,000
Oyo 456,000
Makurdi 438,000
Ikot Ekpene 415,000
Saki 414,000
Effon Alaiye 410,000
Ife 397,000
Birnin Kebbi 396,000
Ilesha 385,000
Ijebu-Ode 368,000
Lafia 361,000
Onitsha - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2022 1,553,000 4.72%
2021 1,483,000 4.81%
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%