Most Developed States In Nigeria – (2021 Updated)

What are the most developed states in Nigeria? Nigeria is a beautiful and developing nation flourishing with various natural resources and manpower.

Nigeria as a country got her independence on October 1st, 1960 and was divided into regions before being divided into states of which we now have 36 states and a federal capital territory.

In those states we have cities and communities which contribute to the development of each state and the economy of Nigeria at large.

Though all Nigerian states can’t really be called developed to an extent because there is much to be done before they can be compared to other countries but to some extent, some states in Nigeria are well developed than others.

Every state has its own Internally Generated Revenue (IGN) though some solely depends on the Federal Government to get things done but we should place our focus on states with good IGR and compare the level of their development.

It is glaring that the revenue generated internally by states in Nigeria is always mismanaged by the leaders and also the citizens or inhabitants of the states, hence the decline in the development of the states and Nigeria at large.

In today’s article on 9jatoday, we will be talking about the top 10 most developed states in Nigeria and the necessary details you need to know about each of them while those states are ranked based on their basic amenities, internally generated revenue, the standard of living, poverty index, infrastructural developments and many other factors.

Furthermore we will be mentioning the cities that contribute much to the development of the states like the most beautiful cities and the richest Nigerian states.

Top 10 Most Developed States In Nigeria 2021

Here is a comprehensive list of the top ten most developed Nigerian states as at present, so if you have been wanting to know the most developed states in Nigeria, here is an answer to your question.

#1. Lagos State

Lagos state is one of the most developed states in Nigeria, it is a state in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Lagos State was founded on 27th, May 1967 and so far has always been the first choice every other Nigerian from other states.

The state is suitable for both rich and poor young and old and whichever category you think you belong to, there is always a space for you in Lagos state.

In terms of infrastructural developments, Lagos state has performed excellently well and also standard of living in the state is low with good chances of getting jobs.

Lagos state is a cool place for enjoyment, touring and also for business as it houses the commercial city of Nigeria.

The IGR of Lagos state is very high compared to other states even when some states are merged together. The state covers an area of 3,577 km² and has numerous points of interest like the Lekki Conservation Centre, National Theatre, Nigerian National Museum, The New Afrika Shrine, Hi Impact Planet, Tarkwa Bay Beach, Lekki Leisure Lake, Terra Kulture and many others.

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Lagos state is a perfect place to do business as it has the highest population in Nigeria and this has really helped the state to generate more IGR yearly.

The state is referred to as the economic capital of West Africa and its motto is “Centre of Excellence,” Lagos is undoubtedly the most developed state in Nigeria.

#2. Abuja

Abuja is the federal capital territory of Nigeria which is located at the centre of Nigeria map. The city was largely built in the 1980s and is dominated by Aso Rock where the president of Nigeria stays.

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and it isn’t a state, so do not make the mistake of calling Abuja a state.

As it is, we cant list the most developed places in Nigeria without mentioning Abuja, this city is known for its calmness, serenity and beauty because Abuja is one of the most beautiful places in Nigeria.

When it comes to development in all ramifications Abuja is one place to pick, it has a well-structured plan and well developed modern facilities to show for it.

No doubt about it, Abuja would always be the NO1 focus of the federal government as it is the capital city of Nigeria so much will money will definitely be pumped into the city every year.

Abuja houses some of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the country, the likes of Zuma Rock, Aso Rock (The Presidential Villa), The National Stadium, House of Assembly and numerous structures that will blow your mind.

#3. Anambra State

Anambra State is the most developed state in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Anambra state was founded on 27th, August 1991 and covers an area of 4,844 km². The state boasts of many millionaires and even billionaires so you know what is expected.

The state has a slogan “Light of the nation“ and development in this state since it was founded was so rapid compared to any other state in Nigeria.

Anambra state has a clean and serene environment and a good weather condition to spice it up and the state is blessed with expensive and valuable natural resources like crude oil, natural gas, bauxite, ceramic and many more.

The capital city of Anambra is Awka and has Onitsha as the busiest commercial city which generates huge IGR for the state.

Anambra also have some places of interest like the Ogbunike Cave, Agulu Lake, Onitsha Bridge, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, Igboukwu Museum and many more.

#4. Rivers State

Rivers State is founded on 27th, May 1967 and has since been one of the major oil-producing states in Nigeria since inception, though with its riches from crude oil we expect the state to be the most developed state in Nigeria, even as it isn’t we cant except the state from our list because it is also well-developed.

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Rivers State is located in the South Southern region of Nigeria and it has the popular city Port Harcourt as its capital city.

If you are a business-minded individual, you will want to consider Rivers State because history has it that business of any kind thrives in this state just like Lagos State.

The state has a very high GDP and also a business-friendly environment and Port Harcourt is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria based on how developed the capital city is.

#5. Abia State

Abia state was founded on 27th, August 1991 and is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria with its capital city Umuahia. The commercial city of Abia state is Aba, a very popular city in Nigeria known for the local production of goods.

The state boasts of various industries and this is the backbone of the state as that is where most of its IGR are generated from.

Abia state was formerly part of Imo state before it was created in 1991 and since then the level of development is centered mainly on Aba, that is the reason why Abia state made it on our list of most developed states in Nigeria.

The basic products that are locally made in Aba are footwear, soaps, writing materials, textiles, and other basic materials that you can get at a cheaper rate.

Though Abia state is known for the production of local goods but also it is an oil-producing state so the state has some wealth to show off.

#6. Enugu State

Enugu State popularly known as The coal city was founded on 27th, August 1991 is a southeastern state of Nigeria.

Enugu state is one of the most developed states in Nigeria  as the state has various commercial activities taking place in it which have been the source of its IGR.

The state is a very peaceful state and has some high level of developments going on in it, since it was founded there has been increasingly rapid growth.

Enugu is one of the most developed cities in South-Eastern part of the country.

#7. Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom state was founded on 23rd, September 1987 and is located at the coastal southern part of Nigeria. The state is one of the highly developed states in Nigeria.

Accolades should be given to both the old and new governors and every leader of the strategic positions of the state, they did a good job.

The state is highly rich in infrastructure development with a serene and green environment. The state also boasts of a very outstanding GDP based on oil deposits and other minerals in Akwa Ibom state.

The state occupies an area of 7,081 km² and its capital city is “Uyo,” in 2016 according to censors statistics it has a population of 5.451 million people.

The catchy thing about the state is the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium which is rated as the best stadium in Nigeria and also one of the best stadiums in Africa as at the time of writing this post.

If you are a tourist or fun lover then a visit to Akwa Ibom is a must for you because the state is blessed with beautiful people and culture with some places of interests like the Ibeno Beach, Bridge of no Return, Ibom Plaza, King Jaja of Opobo Memorial and many more.

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#8. Kano State

Kano state was founded on 27th, May 1967 and covers an area of 20,131 km². Kano State is a Northern Nigerian State and is no doubt the most developed state in the North.

According to census 2006, Kano state is one of the most populated states in Nigeria with over 9.2 million people living in it.

When it comes to agriculture, Kano State is a state that focused on agriculture and human resources, having groundnuts as the major agricultural products and also other agro commodities.

Other agriculture commodities the nation depends on like pepper, millet, rice and many more are from Kano state and this has really helped the state to have a good IGR and also assist the country economy.

Kano state is also one of the most-industrialized states in Nigeria as it has a business-friendly environment.

#9. Ogun State

Ogun state was founded on 3rd, February 1976 with an area of 16,981 km², with its slogan “The Gateway State” is located in the South-Western region of Nigeria.

There have been recent improvements in infrastructure the current state governor and Ogun state is also one of the most developed states in Nigeria.

Ogun State is the industrial hub of Nigeria as it is popularly called based on the vast numbers of industries in the state as most investors prefer the state and also due to its proximity to Lagos State, Ogun state is also the third-industrialized state in Nigeria.

Ogun state capital city is Abeokuta which is well developed and has many rich and modern infrastructures to show for it.

The state is the NO1 manufacturing hub in Nigeria as most of the basic things we use are made in Ogun State and this has really helped with its IGR and also the most sought after place for job seekers and graduates.
Ogun state is the state with the highest numbers of higher institutions in Nigeria and many churches siting their auditorium in the state, Ogun state is also a state rich in tradition and culture and also has some places of interest like the Olumo Rock, Lisabi Sacred Forest, National Museum, Birikisu Sungbo Shrine, Osuuru water spring and many more.

#10. Oyo State

Oyo State was founded on 3rd, February 1976 and covers an area of 28,454 km². Oyo State is a South-Western region state and it also made it on our list of top 10 most developed states in Nigeria.

The state has its borders with Kwara, Benin Republic, Osun and Ogun State. Oyo state also has a very impressive economy having Ibadan as its capital city.

Just like Ogun state, Oyo state is also known to have high number of industries and it has the 4th largest economy in Nigeria around 2018.

With its heavy IGR the state boasts of good infrastructural development and a well planned modern city.


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