Onitsha, Nigeria Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Onitsha, Nigeria metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Onitsha in 2021 is 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.
  • The metro area population of Onitsha in 2018 was 1,285,000, a 5.07% 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
Onitsha - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%