Population

Although Lagos state is the smallest state in Nigeria, with an area of 356,861 hectares of which 75,755 hectares are wetlands, yet it has the highest population, which is over five per cent of the national estimate.

As at 2006, the population of Lagos State was 17.5 million, (based on the parallel count conducted by the state during the National Census) with a growth rate of 3.2%, the state today has a population of over 21 Million. This was corroborated by the recent immunization exercise carried out across the State, where 4. 3million children were immunized. Children within the Immunization bracket are estimated at 20% of the entire population.

The UN estimates that at its present growth rate, Lagos state will be third largest mega city the world by Y2015 after Tokyo in Japan and Bombay in India.

Of this population, Metropolitan Lagos, an area covering 37% of the land area of Lagos State is home to over 85% of the State population.

 The rate of population growth is about 600,000 per annum with a population density of about 4,193 persons per sq. km. In the built-up areas of Metropolitan Lagos, the average density is over 20,000 persons per square km.

 Current demographic trend analysis revealed that the State population growth rate of 8% has resulted in its capturing of 36.8% of Nigeria’s urban population (World Bank, 1996) estimate at 49.8 million people of the national million populations. The implication is that whereas country population growth is 4/5% and global 2%, Lagos population is growing ten times faster than New York and Los Angeles with grave implication for urban sustainability.

Local Government

Male

Female

Total

Agege

564,239

468,825

1,033,064

Ajeromi-Ifelodun

723,644

711,651

1,435,295

Alimosho

1,099,656

947,370

2,047,026

Amuwo Odofin

301,012

223,959

524,971

Apapa

264,728

257,656

522,384

Badagry

187,427

192,993

380,420

Epe

153,360

170,274

323,634

Eti-Osa

460,124

523,391

983,515

Ibeju-Lekki

49,613

49,927

99,540

Ifako-Ijaiye

380,112

364,211

744,323

Ikeja

328,778

319,942

648,720

Ikorodu

364,207

324,838

689,045

Kosofe

527,539

407,075

934,614

Lagos-Island

461,830

398,019

859,849

Lagos-Mainland

326,433

303,036

629,469

Mushin

684,176

637,341

1,321,517

Ojo

507,693

433,830

941,523

Oshodi-Isolo

514,857

619,691

1,134,548

Somolu

517,210

507,913

1,025,123

Surulere

698,403

575,959

1,274,362

STATE TOTAL

9,115,041

8,437,901

17,552,94

Source:Lagos State Bureau of Statistics 2005.