Largest States In Nigeria (Landmass area size)

Largest States In Nigeria By Land Mass 2020

Here are the lists of the top 10 largest states in Nigeria by landmass, this is to clear the false news that Kano State is the Largest state by landmass.

The largest state in Nigeria by landmass is:- Niger state

So let’s discuss the top ten lists of the largest states in Nigeria.

Top 10 Largest States In Nigeria By Land Mass 

1) Niger state

Niger state which is located in the northern central part of the country, and also the largest state in Nigeria with a landmass size of 76,363 km2.

Niger state also has the famous Kainji and Shiroro dam, this is why it is called the “power state” Niger state is named after River Niger and also the popular Gurara Falls and Kainji National Park is in this state.

A total of 76,363 km2 Niger state is bigger than some African countries like Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Rwanda, Djibouti, Swaziland, Gambia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, and Seychelles.

2) Borno State

Borno state is located in the northeastern part of the country it is the second-largest state in Nigeria. It has a landmass of about 70,898 km2  making it the second biggest.

Borno state is a bit lesser than Niger state in terms of area size but far larger than Lagos state.

3) Taraba State

Taraba state is located in the northeast part of the country and happens to be the third-largest state in Nigeria with a total number of 54,473 km2.

This state was created in August 1991, it was also named after the Taraba River which is found in the southern part of the state.

4) Kaduna State

Kaduna state which is located in the northwestern part of Nigeria is the fourth-largest state by landmass in Nigeria with a total of 46,053 km2.

Apart from Kaduna State being the 4th largest state in Nigeria by landmass, it is also among the oldest states in Nigeria.

5) Bauchi State

Bauchi state which is the fifth-largest state by landmass in Nigeria which is located in northern Nigeria and has the city of Bauchi as its capital.

Aside from being the 5th largest state in Nigeria, Bauchi state is also the 7th top 10 most populated states in Nigeria.

Bauchi state total landmass size is 45,502 km2

6) Yobe State

Yobe state which is located in the northeastern part of the country is the 6th largest state in the country Nigeria with a total area of about 45,502 km2.

Yobe state was formed in august 27, 1991 out of Borno State that is why Yobe state is usually called the Young state due to when it was created.

7) Zamfara State

Zamfara state which is located in the northwestern part of the country is the 7th largest state by landmass, with a total landmass size of about 39,762 km2.

Zamfara state was part of the area that is now Sokoto State not until in the year 1996 when then capital became Gusau.

Zamfara state was the first state in Nigeria to introduce Sharia law in Nigeria’s system.

8) Adamawa State

Adamawa state is located in the northeastern part of the country and also the 8th largest state in the country Nigeria.

Adamawa state landmass size is an average of 36,917 km2, Adamawa is a state in northeastern Nigeria, with its capital at Yola. In 1991, when Taraba State was carved out from Gongola State, the geographical entity Gongola State was renamed Adamawa State, with four administrative divisions: Adamawa, Michika, Ganye, Mubi, and Numan. Wikipedia.

9) Kwara State

Kwara state is the only western state (Yoruba) in the top 10 largest states in Nigeria by landmass with a total landmass size of 36,825 km2.

The state was created in May 1967, located within the North Central geopolitical zone, commonly referred to as the Middle Belt.

10) Kebbi State

With the landmass size of 36,800 km2 Kebbi sate is the 10th largest state in the country, located in the northwestern geopolitical zone in Nigeria, with its capital at Birnin Kebbi.

Kebbi state is little below Kwara state with just a few numbers but nevertheless Kebbi state is a large one.

Conclusion

Niger state is the number 1 largest state while  Kebbi state is the 10th largest state, Kwara state is the only Yoruba speaking state on this top 10 largest state list.