Nigeria - Population



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The population of Nigeria in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 124,009,000, which placed it as number 10 in population among the 193 nations of the world. It is the most populated country in Africa. In 2003 approximately 3% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 44% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 101 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is 2.53%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 161,726,000. The population density in 2002 was 141 per sq km (364 per sq mi). Regional differences are significant; population is densest in the south and sparsest in the north.

It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 44% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The principal cities include Lagos, the former capital and still the largest city, with an estimated metropolitan population of 13,488,000 and the highest population density of any major African urban conglomeration. The capital city, Abuja, had a population of 403,000 in that 2003. Ibadan had a metropolitan population of 1,739,000 people, and Kano had over 1 million. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000– 2005 was 4.1%.

The prevalence of AIDS/HIV has had a significant impact on the population of Nigeria. The United Nations estimated that5.8% of adults between the ages of 15–49 were living with HIV/

AIDS in 2001. The AIDS epidemic causes higher death and infant mortality rates, and lowers life expectancy.

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caleb kasai
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Sep 7, 2007 @ 4:04 am
Can i know the implications of population structure in nigeria?


thanks
Caleb
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Nov 21, 2007 @ 11:11 am
Can i look at the poulation pyramids for now and 2050 for nigeria?
Nadia
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Apr 13, 2008 @ 6:06 am
why are there in the big sities a high population desity?
I'm from Holland, and I have to make a project for Geography.
windy brakebill
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May 5, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
this was a helpful site keep on giving info. i will be back to this site in the future
mirian
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Jun 21, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
i want to commend you guys on your good work.This site has been helpful to me in carrying research works about the population of Nigeria. Keep up the good work.
PHIL
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Sep 17, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
What are the major causes of death in Nigeria? (I'm a Nigerian but been in Jamaica for a while now. I want to use it for a research assignment).
saheed
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Oct 13, 2009 @ 10:10 am
am a nigeria presisly lagos i want to know the censon of the 2006 in
anthony ukeh
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Jan 3, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
i want to know the real population of nigerian people, some poelpe said that nigerians are up to 140million, and some said they are 120million. for example, i read that up to 12million people lives in lagos, but its not truth.in lagos live 9.6million peolpe. this what i read in the abouth nigerians, so i want to know the truth
ahmad
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Jan 22, 2010 @ 2:02 am
this is really informative, but i think you need to be current about the information if not the information will turn out mis leading.
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Feb 9, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
what could be the reason for the high rate of population growth in Nigeria? I think it is majorly as a result of high birth rate and lack of proper family planning.

I may be wrong, so, I really want to know why the population of Nigeria is increasing so fast.
Gracie Gal
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Jun 15, 2010 @ 4:04 am
This is a really good website! Keep it up.


Grace.
Vince
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Jun 17, 2010 @ 10:10 am
The information on this website was very beneficial to me. I graduated from an online University and had to do some research in my College Algebra class. This was a Discussion Board assignment, and we had to find the growth rate per year in Nigeria. Very good information!
erhabor saintville jude
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Jul 2, 2010 @ 11:11 am
the population in nigeria far exceed its development,the government is insensitive to the plight of the masses.there should be plan to build affordable housing to cater for the ever increasing population of Nigeria.
the country's population is skyrocketing and the means of its sustainability is becoming a mirage . how can we ma ke our only country nigeria back on track. the population is not a problem china being the largest country in the world, still carry everybody along. no body go home with epty stomarch, we need to enbbibe the culture of selfless service, eradicate corruption and impose stiffer death penalty on those embezzle public fund meant for development. from muhammad a lukman, nasarawa nigeria
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Sep 19, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Hello, im doing a geography project i was wondering if you could answer this question for me? what are nigeria doing about there population (attempting to raise or lower) and how?!
Thanks Will Hammond, Haywards Heath.
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Jan 9, 2011 @ 7:07 am
hello i am doing a geography project i was wondering if you could answer this question foe me ? population of Nigeria
thank OLADELE TOBI .
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Feb 16, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
thanks for the info but why don't you tell us the population now? but good work about Nigeria for my p.s.h.e project
Binumar
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Mar 26, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
i want know the population of the total muslims and christians then pegans?
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May 6, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
please is nigeria over populated or under, why? is nigeria really over populated and why??? i need reasons,, thankyou...
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May 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am
Kindly explain in details reasons for Nigeria being over populated, under populated and uptimum population.
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Jun 12, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
there should be a family planning forum in Nigeria because i care for my country.
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Jun 21, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
What are the causes of rural urban migration in Nigeria, and the effects. Also, possible solutions to solve rural urban migration.
Yasir bichi
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Jul 8, 2011 @ 11:11 am
What is the population trend in nigeria and an essay on nigerian population and food suply.
Kingsley
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Sep 7, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
I think the major causes of death in nigeria are:poor medical facilities, diseases(hiv-aids, tuberculosis,measles e.tc.), economic hardship, malnutrition. And so on
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Oct 3, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
can u plz let me know the population of nigeria from 2000-2010
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Nov 8, 2011 @ 7:07 am
I want know the Abuja population in 2010and the number of hotels from 2003 to 2006 and gross profit.
Shittu Mayowa Abdulafeez
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Nov 29, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
Nigeria no doubt the giant of Africa has been experiencing population explosion due to the increasing population growth rate without corresponding resources to cope with the growing population. This is the reason why it is evident that Nigeria though the largest in Africa, is still backward. A country like China for instance still has a buoyant economy though very populous. I would like to know more reasons for the sudden population explosion in the country BABCOCK UNIVERSITY
der rise
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Jan 26, 2012 @ 7:07 am
can u let me know the population in africa in 2012 and 2011
Funso eruwa
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Feb 18, 2012 @ 11:11 am
What i think for nigeria is that population of women is more than population of men, that is the reason why we have raising in population.
Valentine pure
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Mar 17, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
If the population of a nation keep increasing in this manner,how will the economy look like?
Onipede femmy
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May 1, 2012 @ 2:02 am
Is Nigeria truely experiencing over population? Thks
samson james
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May 19, 2012 @ 7:07 am
I really appreciate this website for their god work i just found what i having been looking for. Thanks Nigeria we are proud of you.
Deborah
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Jan 28, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
What are the major causes of d present population in nigeria

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