Lagos Tourism, Nigeria

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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 70.24 (High)
    • Water Pollution 80.56 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 70.83 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 80.56 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 65.79 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 70.83 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 68.42 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (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 62.22 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 65.45 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 73.08 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 59.34 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 65.93 (High)
    • Attacks 61.83 (High)
    • Drug offense 63.46 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46.39 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 28.8 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50.83 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.1 (High)
  • Living in Lagos - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lagos is 54.94 (Low)

    • Safety Index 35.19 (Low)
    • Climate Index 65.65 (High)
    • Pollution Index 84.03 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 71.55 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.24 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.15 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 18.14 (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 4.16 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 50.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 19.67 USD

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

Lagos Travel Guides

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Lagos Tours for you

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  • Private Guided Tour of the Lekki Conservation Centre
    Private Guided Tour of the Lekki Conservation Centre New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Lekki Conservation Centre is a place where nature meets nurture, a place every tourist would love to be. A walk on the boardw...

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  • Private Badagry Slave Tour
    Private Badagry Slave Tour New on TripHobo

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    This 9-hour tour takes you back in time into the Slave Trade Era in Lagos State. Discover the history of slavery on the Weste...

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  • Half Day Tour of Lagos
    Half Day Tour of Lagos New on TripHobo

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Pickup time from Hotel...... 9am 9:45am- Arrive first destination- Kalakuta Museum Spend 45mins minutes. Arrive Second Desti...

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  • Fela Kuti Private Tour
    Fela Kuti Private Tour New on TripHobo

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Discover the history and struggle of the greatest African musician and founder of the Afrobeat genre, Fela Kuti, on this 5 ho...

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