How is the population of Nigeria

Nigeria population

Nigeria population clock (live)

Current population
Current male population (50.6%)
Current female population (49.4%)
Births this year
Births today
Dead this year
Dead today
Net immigration this year
Net immigration today
Population growth this year
Population growth today

Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs .

Figures on the corona pandemic


Brief facts about the population

Current population (as of May 20, 2021)
211.117.495
Population rank
7 (2.68% of the world population)
Entire area
923,770 km2
Population density
228.5 per km2
Gender ratio
1.03 (106,908,908 men and 104,215,968 women)
Average age of the population
17.9 years
Life expectancy
47.6 years (46.8 - men, 48.4 - women)
Literacy
59,6 %

(Population figures are country meter estimates based on the most recent United Nations data)

Nigeria: population 2021

In 2021, the Nigerian population is expected to increase by 5,573,892 people and reach 214,568,727 people by the beginning of 2022. The natural increase is expected to be positive as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 5,647,040.

If external migration remains at the previous year's level, the population will be reduced by 73,148 due to the reasons for migration. This means that the number of people who leave Nigeria to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) takes precedence over the number of people who move to the country (of which they are not native) to settle there to settle as permanent residents (immigrants).

Change in population in 2021

According to our estimates, the daily rates of change of the Nigeria population in 2021 will be as follows:

  • 23,081 live births on average per day (961.71 per hour)
  • Average 7,610 deaths per day (317.07 per hour)
  • Average of -200 immigrants per day (-8.35 per hour)
The population will increase by 15,271 people daily in 2021.

Nigeria: Demographics 2020

As of January 1, 2021, the population was estimated at 208,994,835 people. This is an increase of 2.67% (5,429,098 people) compared to 203,565,737 inhabitants in the previous year.

In 2020, the natural increase was positive as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 5,500,346. Due to foreign migration, the population rose by -71,248. The gender distribution of the total population was 1,026 (1,026 men per 1,000 women), which is lower than the global gender ratio.

The key figures for the population in 2020 are listed below:

  • 8,205,735 live births
  • 2,705,389 deaths
  • Natural increase: 5,500,346 people
  • Net migration: -71,248 people
  • 104,497,418 men as of December 31, 2020
  • 104,497,418 women as of December 31, 2020

Growth rate 1952-2021

Population density

The population density in Nigeria as of May 2021 is 226.2 people per square kilometer. The population density is calculated as follows: population divided by the total area of ​​the country. The total area is the sum of the land and water areas within the international borders and coasts. According to the United Nations Statistics Department, the total area is 923,770 km2.

Religion in Nigeria

religionNumber of followersPercentage of the total population
Christianity104.080.92549,3 %
Islam103.025.33848,8 %
Popular belief2.955.6451,4 %
atheism1.055.5870,5 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape.

Number of followers (05/20/2021 - Countrymeters.info ).

Nigeria population (1951-2021)

Population history of Nigeria

yearpopulationGrowth rate
195138.144.265N / A %
195238.731.4591,54 %
195339.363.4711,63 %
195440.031.3201,70 %
195540.731.4161,75 %
195641.460.3931,79 %
195742.221.0511,83 %
195843.011.9231,87 %
195943.837.1811,92 %
196044.699.3111,97 %
196145.604.8172,03 %
196246.550.6652,07 %
196347.535.4972,12 %
196448.552.6722,14 %
196549.601.7022,16 %
196650.677.4242,17 %
196751.784.7202,18 %
196852.927.3962,21 %
196954.116.5942,25 %
197055.354.7882,29 %
197156.644.9682,33 %
197257.985.1402,37 %
197359.396.1682,43 %
197460.902.3122,54 %
197562.532.7022,68 %
197664.302.8812,83 %
197766.220.4012,98 %
197868.246.0263,06 %
197970.325.1143,05 %
198072.398.0292,95 %
198174.440.3642,82 %
198276.442.1882,69 %
198378.429.3572,60 %
198480.437.3562,56 %
198582.514.4542,58 %
198684.673.6422,62 %
198786.916.5892,65 %
198889.228.0672,66 %
198991.601.4922,66 %
199094.010.2102,63 %
199196.450.1332,60 %
199298.921.4842,56 %
1993101.441.6642,55 %
1994104.007.8822,53 %
1995106.631.9292,52 %
1996109.315.9942,52 %
1997112.074.6842,52 %
1998114.900.4742,52 %
1999117.801.9922,53 %
2000120.780.2162,53 %
2001123.851.7312,54 %
2002127.008.2222,55 %
2003130.261.9372,56 %
2004133.619.8712,58 %
2005137.107.2842,61 %
2006140.716.7552,63 %
2007144.454.7612,66 %
2008148.315.5332,67 %
2009152.313.9462,70 %
2010156.431.2422,70 %
2011160.671.8202,71 %
2012165.029.0282,71 %
2013169.515.9562,72 %
2014174.104.4402,71 %
2015178.790.6412,69 %
2016183.562.0262,67 %
2017188.436.9362,66 %
2018193.394.5202,63 %
2019198.440.0572,61 %
2020203.565.7372,58 %
2021208.994.8352,67 %

All dates in this table are for January 1st of the corresponding year.

Population forecast (2020-2100)

yearpopulationGrowth rate
2020206.152.698N / A %
2025233.691.88413,36 %
2030264.067.52513,00 %
2035297.323.17412,59 %
2040333.172.09712,06 %
2045371.119.35911,39 %
2050410.637.86410,65 %
2055451.310.6149,90 %
2060492.643.3589,16 %
2065534.359.1158,47 %
2070576.062.2917,80 %
2075617.054.5837,12 %
2080656.683.6656,42 %
2085694.557.2365,77 %
2090730.325.3575,15 %
2095763.551.0804,55 %
2100793.942.3133,98 %

The data are given for July 1st of the corresponding year (middle variant of the forecast).

Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs