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Best Cities to Visit in Nigeria | Major Cities in Nigeria

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa is an emerging economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. You find are here in Nigeria many cities on the map of cities in Nigeria. The population of Nigeria was approximately 182.2 million people as the recent census. The major cities in Nigeria are worth visiting.  If you earn little, life can constantly be full of hustles and struggles. Interestingly, the more expensive a city is, the more respect residents of such cities are given by Nigerians residing in other cities. Due to economic progress, Nigeria’s cities have been increasingly growing and have become destinations for rural-to-urban migration. With millions of people being lured by economic opportunities and better infrastructure, the population in Lagos city has primarily surged over the years. Curious about the top 10 cities in Nigeria? What are you waiting for? Pack your bag: 

List of Cities in Nigeria




1. Port Harcourt

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Home to Nigeria’s major source of oil, it’s no wonder that Port Harcourt is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Nigeria.  It boasts of a large number of industrial areas and multinational firms and businesses with dealings in the petroleum industry. The presence of oil and these firms makes it home to a large percentage of foreign expatriates. With lots of oil workers earning a minimum of 1 to 5 million nairas per month, it’s no surprise that the cost of living in Port Harcourt is very high. From apartments to groceries, education, and medical services, it’s very difficult to find cheap items. While most employees of multinational firms can afford this extravagant lifestyle, an average resident finds it difficult to find a decent apartment at a reasonable rate. This is one of the cities to live in Nigeria that had led to most indigenes and low-income earners residing in shanties and lacking basic toilet facilities, and potable water. Additionally, most of them find it difficult to afford medical services or send their children to school.

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2. Abuja

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Abuja is home to the crème de la crème of the society; ranging from politicians to foreign expatriates, heads of states, multinational firms, hotels, government parastatals, and head offices of various companies. We all know that the Federal Capital Territory cannot be mentioned without the word “expensive” not coming to mind. Being the nation’s powerhouse, it’s, therefore, no surprise that Abuja made the list in the rank of the largest cities in Nigeria. The presence of these people and establishments has led to an increased surge in the prices of things in the nation’s capital. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find a detached 4 to 6 bedroom duplex in Maitama being sold at a jaw-dropping price of 500 million to 1 or 2 billion nairas.




3. Lagos

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Known as the commercial, biggest entertainment hub and cities in Nigeria with an ever-growing population of over 21 million people; Lagos is home to a lot of businesses and diverse people. Where it lacks in landmass, it makes up for with population.  The daily influx of people into the city makes Lagos one of the most expensive Nigerian cities to live in. from transport fare to accommodation, food items, and education; the cost of living in Lagos cannot be deemed as cheap. With its fame and megacity status, a 2 bedroom flat can go for as high as 450, 000 to 600,000 Naira in the not-so-glamorous parts of Lagos. Likewise, the same apartment could cost as high as N1,500, 000 to 3 million nairas in places like Ikoyi, Victoria Island, and Lekki.

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4. Calabar

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Blessed with tourist attractions such as Tinapa Resort, Obudu Cattle Ranch, Calabar River, World War I Cenotaph, Kwa Waterfalls, Mary Slessor’s House, Tortuga Island, among others; it’s no surprise that the beautiful seaport city is home to many Nigerians with affluence. The daily influx of people attributed to the city’s many tourist places and carnivals has led to an increase in the cost of living in Calabar. It is one of the main cities in Nigeria. Calabar is also reputed for its friendly weather, serene atmosphere, mouth-watering delicacies and hospitable people makes it a beautiful city to live in.




5. Warri

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Warri is home to some of the richest and prominent men in Nigeria. In the list of beautiful cities in Nigeria because of the presence of oil. Just like Port Harcourt, Warri is an oil city. And the fact that it is an oil city makes it home to foreign multinationals and Nigerians who earn a staggering amount of income as employees of multinational oil firms.

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6. Owerri

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Owerri is the capital of Imo state and referred to as the “Heartland of the Igbo people”. Apart from being the capital of Imo state, Owerri is also one of the best cities to live in Nigeria. While Owerri is neither a commercial or industrial hub, the heavy presence of hotels and nightclubs makes the cost of living on the high side. In addition to the hotels located within the city, Owerri is home to four higher institutions (two universities and two polytechnics). The presence of these tertiary institutions has also contributed to an increase in the cost of accommodation. While the cost of living might be expensive in Owerri, it’s relatively cheaper in comparison to cities like Lagos, Abuja, Warri and Port Harcourt.




7. Asaba

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Asaba is a rapidly growing urban city and the capital city of Delta State. Situated at the edge of the River Niger, Asaba is a meeting point that connects through the Western, Northern and Eastern parts of Nigeria. It connects the North via the Niger River, and the east and west through the Niger Bridge. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the city’s strategic location makes it one of the best cities to visit in Nigeria.

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8. Kaduna

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Surprised to find Kaduna on the list of the most popular cities in Nigeria? Don’t be! Kaduna is the second largest entertainment hub in the Northern part of Nigeria after Jos. Unlike other Northern cities battling with cases of unrest and insurgency, Kaduna is a relative religious tolerance city even though it’s equally inhabited by Christians and Muslims. This, in turn, has helped produced a conducive business environment suitable for attracting investors and boosting Kaduna’s economy. Moreover, the strategic location of the city makes it one of the most expensive Nigerian cities to live in. Kaduna is a revered agricultural and trade hub. This is due to its road network and very efficient rail transport system.




9. Enugu

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Popularly referred to as the coal city, Enugu is the capital city of Enugu state and home to the only international airport in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Enugu’s position in Nigeria can be attributed to it’s the heavy presence of real-estate and security businesses. A list of famous cities in Nigeria is incomplete without Enugu. Apart from the availability of basic amenities in the city, the presence of many nightclubs makes it a source of attraction to visitors.

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10. Aba

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Famous for its made in Nigeria products, Aba is unarguably the largest industrial hub in Eastern Nigeria and the biggest city in Abia state. Ranking 10th on the list; most people find it difficult to understand how Aba made the list. However, it’s safe to deduce that the increase in the production of locally made goods, the large presence of buyers from different parts of Nigeria, and the daily influx of people has made Aba one of the important cities in Nigeria.




So far we have discussed the most visited cities in Nigeria. I hope you might have gathered some information related to it. If you are planning your trip to Nigeria then kindly go through our other articles as well which will be quite beneficial for you. Please share your views regarding the content explained above and liked it too.

Navya Upadhyay

I am Navya, a Travel guide at Adequate travel. Here I am sharing my Journey experiences which can be helpful to you while planning your trips.

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