Top 10 Best States To Live In Nigeria 2021

An update on the best states to live in Nigeria presently. Nigeria has 36 states. Each of this state is unique in themselves. Howbeit, not all Nigerian states are equal in terms of industrialization, civilization, and development. So what are the best states to live in Nigeria, Some of these states have great living conditions to comfortably accommodate the people living there, while others — not so much. Therefore, this article aims to write on the;


1. Lagos

Lagos is the most commercial and invariably the excellent state in Nigeria; no wonder it is referred to as the “state of excellence”. It is undoubtedly the most popular state in the western part of Nigeria and West Africa at large. Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung (HBS) Foundation research, stated that Lagos is the 7th fastest growing city in the world. It is popularly called “Eko” and the commercial heart of Nigeria, unlike other states that totally depends on oil revenues, Lagos economy is diversified to manufacturing, transport, construction, service, wholesale, and retail sectors.

Do you love adventure? Then life in Lagos offers you the best adventure you can ever demand; it is the smallest state in Nigeria but the most populated. There is an array of celebrities, cinema, best eatery, industry, building structure, road networks, shopping mall, nightlife, investment, luxurious living, beautiful beaches, access to quality schools, the best markets presence of international airport and seaports… and all you could ever seek for.

2. Cross River – Calabar

Cross River is a bit dicey to describe, it is referred to as the Garden City and it is one of the richest states in Nigeria. There are various star hotels, the bubbly nightlife is guaranteed for the outgoing ones and security has greatly improved.

In addition, Cross River is one of the most outstanding states in Nigeria in terms of natural beauty. It is even hyped to house Calabar (the state capital) which is said to be the most beautiful city in Nigeria and it is ever springing out newer developments. The topography and landscape are breathed taking, the organization and security level is indeed uptight. Calabar also houses exquisite resorts and executive hotels. One of the things to keep you in the cross-river is their cuisines which is one of the best delicacies in Nigeria.

Calabar is called the people’s paradise because it has a lot to offer anyone that steps on its shores. If a serene and secure environment, a city that is neat and also fun-filled, tourist attraction and one good for the family? Then Calabar is it!

3. Rivers – Port Harcourt

The river is definitely one place in Nigeria you must visit and probably reside in. If you love beauty and especially adventure, waste no time and move over to Rivers, a land of beauty and wonder which attracts thousands of tourists yearly. From the culture to her people to the surrounding (places), from food to drinks, from the bars to the gardens not forgetting their unique culture which is colorful in outfits and dance.

4. Abuja

This is a mirrored phase of Lagos in terms of its diversity and its hustlers. Abuja is Nigeria’s capital and is a well-designed city and houses all of the national decision-makers. Because the city houses the President of the federal republic (Aso Villa), the Federal lawmakers, all of the nation’s heads of security agencies, and ministers that oversee the nation’s infrastructural development. Security structure is highly organized, access to human basic amenities (water, housing, and health) is quite easy to reach, and there is provision for good road networks, leisure centers, and all other social amenities that make a city thick because of the presence of these influential personalities.

The presence of these personalities and the high rate of development makes Abuja pulls Nigerians and foreigners alike of all class (the super-rich, the rich, the not so rich, and the poor) from different states and country to settle and live there.

5. Akwa Ibom – Uyo

Akwa Ibom is another wonderful place to live. The people in Uyo tend to compete with Calabar being crowned as the most beautiful city in Nigeria, and reasonably so since the road network in Uyo is very planned out without potholes and with the solar street lighting system. The landscape is very attractive and it houses slightly over 3-5 star hotels. It also has a multi-billion naira ultra-modern stadium.

6. Oyo – Ibadan

This is the biggest state in the southwestern part of Nigeria. One of the bubbling and thriving states in the country. Her state capital Ibadan is the country’s largest city by geographical area. In case you are looking for a cheap place to reside in the south-west of Nigeria, Oyo place definitely is for you. Oyo state is referred to as “pacesetter state”; the main towns and cities in Oyo state are; Ibadan, Oyo, Iseyin, Ogbomoso, Okeho, Saki, Igboho, Kisi, Igbo-Ora, Lalupon, Fiditi, Ilora, Eruwa, Igbeti, Sepeteri, Ilora, Awe, Igbo-Ora, and Otu.

Oyo state is beautiful, the point of Interest includes Ibadan University Zoo, Agodi Zoological Garden, Mbari Arts Center, and traditional Festivals: Egungun, Ode-Ibadan. Ibadan (the state capital) is densely populated with loads of tourist trooping in yearly, there are reputable higher institutions (i.e. the University of Ibadan, and Africa’s first University teaching hospital and is 45 minutes drive away from Nigeria’s commercial city Lagos.

7. Delta – Asaba

The state of Delta is located in Southern Nigeria and it is one of the Niger Delta states. It is an oil-producing state with one of the highest production output in the country, also one of the richest states in Nigeria. Warri is another city in Delta where you can reside if you are the noisy type. The city is given high attention and it comes first for no particular reason and it is given more attention and developmental focus than even Asaba (the state capital). The Road networks in Delta are breathtaking and well-constructed (you don’t need worry hour car bumps into a hole in the middle of the road) and the constructions are very organized.

8. Kaduna

Another city sharing name with its state and a must-visit place for people who get caught up with the culture of the north. Kaduna is competing in the North by Kano which is more commercial than Kaduna. It is a place to makes the list because it is highly populated by different indigenes across the nation and you will have a feel for every culture and tradition in the nation here in this state. It has beautiful buildings a very wide and big market where all your daily needs are gotten. Most importantly it is the “center of learning”; this is so because it has the highest number of educational institutions in the country.

9. Imo – Owerri

Imo is one of the states in southeastern Nigeria. Owerri is the capital of Imo state and is one of the best places to settle down in Nigeria. houses tourist attractions like the Oguta Lake, Ada palm plantation, Mbari cultural and art center amongst many others. The city is beautiful with good nightlife and lighting. The landscape is well laid out and the structures are an embellishment to attractive natural elements.

10. Enugu

This state is often referred to as “the coal city”. The development of this state has been rapid compared to other neighboring states and it’s a very beautiful city with a nice landscape and topography with attractive building structures. It houses one of the best institutions in Nigeria the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). The city and the state bear the same name because the developmental attention of the state is focused on Enugu.


I bet when you turn on your television all you see or hear about on international news channels are kidnapped schools’ girls, news of violent crimes, extrajudicial killings by security forces, and the presence of a murderous terrorist group, etc.

Though these are enough to scare people away from Nigeria, yet the land of promise and boundless opportunities still thrives and is still as beautiful and bubbling as always. Nigeria is home to the continent’s fastest-growing economy and most innovative technology city Africa and not just the most populous black nation on earth.

For the sake of many considering moving to Nigeria for one reason or the other and are confused about the appropriate state and place to reside, these are the top ten best states scattered around the country where you can make your choice and enjoy your stay.

Nigeria is a wonderful place and n total opposite view of other countrymen on the Nigerian states, there are actually a lot of places in the country that are grossly improving in terms of development and you should see. Due to the reporters and media channels in Nigeria who exaggerates out of proportion but there is a need to visit around and you will see something different. If you ever want to settle down in Nigeria or you are in a particular state in Nigeria but not comfortable and want to relocate to another state, checkup the list above and make your choice.