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Nigeria Households: Rapid Urbanisation Drives Single-Person Homes

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March 12th, 2017

Nigerian households are experiencing some of the fastest urbanisation rates in the world, as workers are flocking to expanding first- and second-tier cities across the country. This is creating a large and growing number of single-person households, largely inhabited by males. However, many Nigerian homes are also extremely crowded, as large families squeeze into small housing units. Room sizes per household are typically low in number, while persons per household are usually six or more.

Average Household size in Nigeria in 2015 was 4.8 overall, 4.6 urban and 4.9 rural. By 2030, urban households will overtake rural households. In 2030, the majority of homes in Nigeria will by 2 rooms and the majority of households will consist of 6 or more people.

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Pavel Marceux

Pavel Marceux is a digital specialist at Euromonitor International. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economic History from Edinburgh University. Pavel researches the rapidly changing world of digital consumption and highlights key trends that are increasingly shaping how business, government and citizens are using technology.

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