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Table 1 Urban and rural population trends, 1960–2050

From: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Nigeria’s Rapid Urban Transition

Year Total population (thousands) Rural population (thousands) Urban population (thousands) Urbanization level (%)
1960 45,212 38,245 6,967 15.4
1970 56,132 46,163 9,969 17.8
1980 73,698 57,507 16,191 22.0
1990 95,617 67,238 28,379 29.7
2000 122,877 80,066 42,810 34.8
2010 159,708 90,267 69,441 43.5
2020 210,159 101,448 108,711 51.7
2030 273,120 113,880 159,241 58.3
2040 350,720 129,896 220,824 63.0
2050 440,355 144,875 295,480 67.1
  1. Source: United Nations (2014)