Onitsha, Nigeria Population 1950-2019

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Onitsha, Nigeria metro area from 1950 to 2019. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Onitsha in 2019 is 1,349,000, a 4.98% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Onitsha in 2018 was 1,285,000, a 5.07% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Onitsha in 2017 was 1,223,000, a 4.98% increase from 2016.
  • The population of Onitsha in 2016 was 1,165,000, a 5.05% increase from 2015.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Nigeria
City Name Population
Lagos 13,904,000
Kano 3,906,000
Ibadan 3,464,000
Abuja 3,095,000
Port Harcourt 2,873,000
Benin City 1,676,000
Onitsha 1,349,000
Kaduna 1,097,000
Uyo 1,073,000
Aba 1,051,000
Nnewi 989,000
Ilorin 929,000
Ikorodu 887,000
Jos 876,000
Owerri 839,000
Warri 814,000
Maiduguri 772,000
Enugu 752,000
Umuahia 732,000
Zaria 719,000
Oshogbo 699,000
Lokoja 643,000
Akure 642,000
Sokoto 622,000
Bauchi 576,000
Calabar 555,000
Abakaliki 543,000
Ogbomosho 527,000
Abeokuta 524,000
Gombe 489,000
Ado-Ekiti 463,000
Katsina 453,000
Okene 452,000
Igbidu 441,000
Minna 434,000
Gboko 428,000
Ondo 420,000
Okpogho 419,000
Oyo 415,000
Potiskum 398,000
Makurdi 393,000
Gwagwalada 378,000
Effon Alaiye 371,000
Ikot Ekpene 367,000
Ife 365,000
Saki 358,000
Birnin Kebbi 352,000
Ilesha 344,000
Ijebu-Ode 334,000
Lafia 325,000
Onitsha - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%