Atlas of Urban Expansion

Lagos
Nigeria
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
2013 Population
11,008,357
2013 Urban Extent
82,684
hectares
2013 Density
133
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Lagos in 2013 was 11,008,357, increasing at an average annual rate of 3% since 2000. The population of Lagos in 2000 was 7,254,827, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.2% since 1984, when its population was 3,860,488.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Lagos in 2013 was 82,684 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.6% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 58,060 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.4% since 2000, when its urban extent was 29,738 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Lagos in 2013 was 209 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.7% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 191 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.3% since 1984 when the built-up area density was 198.97 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Lagos in 2013 was 133 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.5% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 125 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.3% since 1984 when the urban extent density was 130 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 14,706 hectares of built-up area was added to the Lagos urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 30% was Infill, 40% was Extension, 14% was Leapfrog, and 16% was Inclusion. A total of 18,679 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1984 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 21% was Infill, 55% was Extension, 7% was Leapfrog, and 16% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Lagos 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.83 meters, compared to 0 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Lagos occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 8%, compared to 25% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Lagos's 1990-2014 expansion was 0.76 km/km2, compared to 1.25 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Lagos's 1990-2014 expansion area was 70%, compared to 85% in the pre-1990 area.

1984-2000  2000-2013
1984-2000  2000-2013
1984-2000  2000-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Lagos's 1990-2014 expansion area was 7.75 hectares, compared to 7.45 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1984-2000  2000-2013