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Lagos /ˈleɪɡɒs/ (Yoruba: Èkó) is a city in the Nigerian state of Lagos. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the mega city has the highest GDP, and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent. Lagos initially emerged as a port city which originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa; the islands are separated by creeks, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, while protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km (60 mi) east and west of the mouth. Due to rapid urbanization, the city expanded to the west of the lagoon to include areas in the present day Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Surulere. This led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas - the Island, which was the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland. This city area was governed directly by the Federal Government through the Lagos City Council, until the creation of Lagos State in 1967, which led to the splitting of Lagos city into the present day seven Local Government Areas (LGAs), and an addition of other towns (which now make up 13 LGAs) from the then Western Region, to form the state. Lagos which was the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State, after its creation. However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, while the federal capital also moved to Abuja in 1991. Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present day Lagos, also known as "Metropolitan Lagos", and officially as "Lagos Metropolitan Area" is an urban agglomeration or conurbation, consisting of 16 LGAs, including Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State. This conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State's total land area, but houses about 85% of the state's total population. The exact population of Metropolitan Lagos is disputed; In the 2006 federal census data, the conurbation had a population of about 8 million people. However, the figure was disputed by the Lagos State Government, which later released its own population data, putting the population of Lagos Metropolitan Area at approximately 16 million. As at 2015, unofficial figures put the population of "Greater Metropolitan Lagos", which includes, Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million.


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Facts and Stats for Lagos*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lagos

    Know the pollution level of Lagos before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.19 (High)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 69.23 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 76.92 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 66.07 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 59.62 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 69.64 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 82.69 (Very High)
  • Lagos: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lagos for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lagos.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.35 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.14 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 74.07 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85.31 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 60.19 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 66.67 (High)
    • Attacks 62.65 (High)
    • Drug offense 65.12 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 44.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 26.83 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.95 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 52.81 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.06 (High)
  • Living in Lagos - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lagos is 59.73 (Low)

    • Safety Index 34.11 (Low)
    • Climate Index 65.65 (High)
    • Pollution Index 81.39 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 61.13 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 38.75 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 47.78 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.35 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lagos

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lagos

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 56.02 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 20.12 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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