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Top 10 Largest Cities In Nigeria By Land Mass Area 2017

Top 10 Largest Cities In Nigeria By Land Mass Area

Nigeria is one of the most important countries in Africa. The country has the biggest economy in the whole of Africa. It is also one of the African countries rich in crude oil. That is not all, Nigeria is also a very large country, speaking in terms of its area. Just as the country is large, we have a good number of large cities as well. We intend to provide you the list of the top 10 largest cities in Nigeria by land Mass area. Note that you will also come across towns on this list.

Top 10 Largest Cities In Nigeria By Land Mass Area

Top 10 Largest Cities In Nigeria By Land Mass Area

Top 10 Largest Cities In Nigeria By Land Mass 2017

1. Kukawa (Borno State) — 4901 km square

Occupying the first position on the list of the top 10 largest cities in Nigeria, is a town called Kukawa. Kukawa is a not only a town in the country, it is also a local government. This town which is within Borno State is very close to Lake Chad. It was founded in 1814 by Muhammad al-Amin al-Kanemi who happened to be a Muslim scholar and warlord. Kukawa is one of the cities affected by Boko Haram. It is also said to have a rich history. This town has a land area of 4901 km square. Despite its largeness, it is one of the least populated place in the country; it has a population of 203,864 persons and a population density of 41.6 persons per km square.

2. Bauchi (Bauchi State) — 3687 km square

No one should have any issue recognising Bauchi town. However, something a lot of people may not know is that Bauchi is a very large. Bauchi is larger than the largest city in West Africa, Ibadan. Bauchi is a Northern town located in Bauchi State. It is also the capital of the state. The state was formerly known as Yakoba, named after a hunter who founded it on behalf of a powerful ruler. Just like Kukawa, it is also one of the places that were affected by Boko Haram. Bauchi houses the school where over 200 female students were abducted. This city occupies 3687 km square of Nigeria’s land. This town is populated by 493,810 persons. It has a population density of 134 persons per km square.

3. Ibadan (Oyo State) — 3080 km square

Ibadan is a very popular city in Nigeria. It ranks as no 3 on this list of the top 10 largest cities in Nigeria by land area. It is the largest city in Nigeria, excluding towns. Not only that, it also the largest in the whole of West Africa. Ibadan is within Oyo State and it is also the state’s capital. This city is a hub of activity. It is a home to one of the best universities in the country, the University of Ibadan (UI). The city was founded in 1829 by warriors from other Yoruba towns and cities. It used to serve as a war camp for the Yorubas. Ibadan takes 3080 km square of land, which is populated with 2,559,853 persons. The population of 2,559,853 persons and area of 3080 km square leaves the city with a population density of 831 persons per km square.

4. Oyo (Oyo State) — 2427 km square

Next to Ibadan is another town in Oyo State. Oyo town occupies the fourth position on the list of the top 10 largest cities in Nigeria by land area. The town houses is mainly populated with the Yoruba ethnic group. There is a little percentage of the Igbo and Hausa-Fulani ethnic groups. Oyo town which is one of the most important towns/cities in Africa, occupies 2427 km square of land. It sits comfortably in this position as there is a large gap between it and the fifth largest town/city in the country. This town is populated with 428,798 persons. Its population density is 174 km square.

5. Jos (Plateau State) — 1821 km square

Jos is another popular city in Nigeria, and its occupies the fifth position on this list of the top 20 largest cities in Nigeria by land area. The city is also known as ‘Tin City’ because of its richness in Tin. During the colonial era, it used to be a centre of mining activities. Jos is the capital of Plateau State and lies in the middle belt region. People is populated with both Muslims and Christians who have history of enmity. It is also said to be the place where the Nok people lived during their existence. Jos covers 1821 km square of land. It has a population of 821,618 persons as of 2006, leaving it also as one of the largest cities in Nigeria by population. The city has a population density of 451 persons per km square.

6. Ife (Osun State) — 1791 km square

Ife is one of the towns where a section of the Yoruba ethnic group originated. Ife, also known as Ile-Ife is within Osun State, and formerly within the Old Oyo State. Ife has a rich traditional history. Ife is not so developed, but the presence of higher institutions makes it a hub of activity. The famous Obafemi Awolowo University is located in Ile-Ife and Oduduwa is also located in the town. The town covers 1791 km square of land. This 1791 km square of land is populated with 509,035 persons including ethnic groups other the Yoruba ethnic group. Ife has a population density of 284 persons per km square.

7. Abuja (FCT) — 1769 km square

Abuja is a city in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria. It is one of most cities in the country, and home to the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock and Zuma Rock. Abuja is distinguished from most cities in the country because it is planned compared to others which are unplanned. This city also ranks as of the most beautiful cities in the country. Abuja has a land area of 1769 km square. It is populated with 776,298 persons from the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria. When calculated, Abuja has a population density of 439 people per km square, making it the third most dense town/city on this list.

8. Minna (Niger State) — 1664 km square

Minna is another highly populated place in the country. This city is located in Niger State, and it is the capital of the state. Unlike other towns/cities in the country, Minna is mainly populated with minority ethnic groups, the Nupe and the Gwaris. This city is the home of notable politicians in Nigeria, President Gen. Ibrahim B. Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. Natives of Minna are very involved in agriculture. There is extensive cultivation of crops and rearing of farm animals. Minna covers 1664 km square of land, with a population of 348,788 persons. The city is left with a population density of 209 persons per km square.

9. Obafemi Owode (Ogun State) — 1410 km square

Obafemi Owode is a city in Ogun State. This city is also a local government in the state. It takes up 1410 km square of Nigeria’s land. This city is populated with 228,851 km square, and has a populated density of 162 persons per km square.

10. Garki (Jigawa State) — 1408 km square

Garki comes last on this list of the top 10 largest cities in Nigeria. It is located in Jigawa State and has a land area of 1408 km square. This city is populated with 152,233 persons with a population density of 108 persons per km square.

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Updated: October 10, 2017 — 12:03 pm

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  1. I was reading through your report on the 10 largest cities in Nigeria when I saw what you wrote about Jos (Plateau State). I want to disagree with you that its people is populated with both Muslims and Christians. We are aware of the machinations and propaganda to promote such a view. Plateau State has been majorly a Christian state. We acknowledge the presence of Muslims in the state as in any other state, but to say that Jos (Plateau State) is populated by only Muslims and Christians is not correct. Where are the ATRs? You did not say.

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