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Ranking 36 States in Nigeria By Land Area

Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 07:27 pm

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Nigeria has a land area of 923,768 km² with its administrative headquarters in Abuja while Lagos state remains its commercial capital since the capital was moved from the most populated state to Abuja on December 12, 1991.

With the 36 states and the FCT sharing the 923,768 km² landmass, the land area of each of the states has not transformed to economic value, most times they even become problematic to the state government.

According to a report, a land portion of Nigeria remains ungoverned, thereby giving the criminal elements a free day to perpetrate their evils.

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The table below shows the 36 states in Nigeria and their rank in order of landmass:

Nigerian StatesLand AreaRanking
Niger76,363km²1
Borno70,898km²2
Taraba54,473km²3
Bauchi49,119km²4
Kaduna46,053km²5
Yobe45,502km²6
Zamfara39,762km²7
Adamawa36,917km²8
Kwara36,825km²9
Kebbi36,800km²10
Benue34,059km²11
Plateau30,913km²12
Kogi29,833km²13
Oyo28,454km²14
Nasarawa27,117km²15
Sokoto25,973km²16
Katsina24,192km²17
Jigawa23,154km²18
Cross River20,156km²19
Kano20,131km²20
Gombe18,768km²21
Edo17,802km²22
Delta17,698km²23
Ogun16,762km²24
Ondo15,500km²25
Rivers11,077km²26
Bayelsa10,773km²27
Osun9,251km²28
Enugu7,161km²29
Akwa Ibom7,081km²30
Ekiti6,353km²31
Abia6,320km²32
Ebonyi5,670km²33
Imo5,530km²34
Anambra4,844km²35
Lagos3,345km²36

Interesting facts about the land area among states:

Lagos which is the smallest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass is the most populated and has the highest Internally Generated Revenue.

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Not just that, Lagos has the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2020, according to data from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The only South-South state that made the top 20 largest states in Nigeria is Cross River with 20,156 km²; popularly called CR, it is one of the richest states in Nigeria in terms of economic endowments.

Sadly, the top five largest states in Nigeria are faced with either terrorism or banditry or one form of criminality that has displaced thousands of residents

Zamfara which is the seventh-largest state in Nigeria in terms of land area, interestingly, controls a larger land area than Sokoto State, from which it was created in 1996.

Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has a land area of 7,315km2 meaning Abuja (which was carved out of the present-day Niger State) is bigger than Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, and Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

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  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across decentralized finance, investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics.

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