Nigeria as a country is made up of 36 states plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Each of these states have different sizes in terms of their population density and land mass. Some are larger, whole some are smaller. This post will educate you on the smallest states in Nigeria going by their population and land mass. It actually covers the top 10 list in both criteria.
Tops 10 Smallest States in Nigeria and Their Population in 2018
Looking at the current population densities of the whole 36 states in Nigeria, the top 10 smallest states in Nigeria with their population are as follows:
- Bayelsa State – 1,704,515
- Nasarawa State – 1,869,377
- Ebonyi State – 2,176947
- Taraba State – 2,294,800
- Yobe State – 1,321,339
- Gombe State – 2,365,040
- Kwara State – 2,365,353
- Ekiti State – 2,398,957
- Abia State – 2,881,380
- Cross River State – 2,892,988
Top 10 Smallest States in Nigeria and Their Land Mass
Looking at the list below, you will discover that all the states in the South Eastern region of Nigeria made the list. This categorically means they occupy little land mass in the country. Read on as you get to see the top 10 smallest states in Nigeria and their respective land mass
Lagos state is the state in Nigeria with the highest population, due to its highly industrialised nature and closeness to sea ports. it is quite surprising that the state with the highest population in Nigeria is actually the same one with the smallest land mass.
Lagos, which happens to be the former capital of Nigeria before it was moved to Abuja, tops the list of smallest states in Nigeria. Lagos state is situated in the South Western geopolitical zone of Nigeria and it occupies a land mass of 3,577 km².
Anambra is among the smallest states in Nigeria located in the South Eastern geopolitical zone of the country. The name of the state is derived from the first “Oma Mbala”, the local name of the Anambra River. It occupies a land mass of 4,844 km².
Imo state is another state located in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. Its capital is Owerri, and it is the largest city in the state. Imo state covers a land mass area of 5,230 km².
Ebonyi state is the third state from the South Eastern region that falls in the list of top 10 smallest states in Nigeria. The state has a land mass of 5,533 km².
Abia is the fourth South Eastern state in Nigeria with little land mass area. It covers a land mass of 6,320 km².
Ekiti is a state located in the South Western region of Nigeria. The state was created on October 1st 1996 by the them military administrator, General Sani Abacha. Ekiti state covers a land mass of 6,353 km².
Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom State is located in the coastal Southern region of Nigeria It lies between latitudes 4°32′N and 5°33′N, and longitudes 7°25′E and 8°25′E. Looking at this list of top 10 smallest states in Nigeria going by their land mass, Akwa Ibom State is the first South Southern state of Nigeria in this list. Akwa Ibom State has a land mass of 7,081 km².
Enugu state is the 5th and last South eastern state that made the list of top 10 smallest states in Nigeria. The state has a land mass of 7,161 km².
Osun state is located in the inland of South Western region in Nigeria. It is bordered in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Ekiti State and half way by Ondo State, in the South by Ogun State, and in the west by Oyo State. Osun state covers a land mass of 9,251 km².
The last state in this list of top 10 smallest states in Nigeria in terms of land mass is Rivers State. Rivers state is located in the South South region of Nigeria and it occupies a land mass of 11,077 km².
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