Nigeria as a country is made up of 36 states plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Each of these states has different sizes in terms of population density and landmass. Some are larger, while some are smaller. This post will educate you on the smallest states in Nigeria going by their population and landmass. 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
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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 landmass in the country. Read on as you get to see the top 10 smallest states in Nigeria and their respective landmass
Lagos state is the state in Nigeria with the highest population, due to its highly industrialized nature and closeness to seaports. it is quite surprising that the state with the highest population in Nigeria is actually the same one with the smallest landmass.
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 landmass 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 landmass 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 landmass 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 landmass of 5,533 km².
Abia is the fourth South Eastern state in Nigeria with the little landmass area. It covers a landmass 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 military administrator, General Sani Abacha. Ekiti state covers a landmass 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 landmass, Akwa Ibom State is the first South Southern state of Nigeria in this list. Akwa Ibom State has a landmass of 7,081 km².
Enugu state is the 5th and last Southeastern state that made the list of top 10 smallest states in Nigeria. The state has a landmass of 7,161 km².
Osun state is located in the inland of the South-Western region in Nigeria. It is bordered in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Ekiti State and halfway by Ondo State, in the South by Ogun State, and in the west by Oyo State. Osun state covers a landmass of 9,251 km².
The last state in this list of the top 10 smallest states in Nigeria in terms of the landmass is Rivers State. Rivers state is located in the South-South region of Nigeria and it occupies a landmass of 11,077 km².
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