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[Detailed] Size of Nigeria compared to Florida

Florida

Florida is located in the southeastern region of the United States of America. It is the only state in the US that shares a border with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

The capital city of Florida is Tallahassee and the most populous urban area in the state of Florida is Miami.

The Palmetto Sabal (Florida palm trees) is one of the iconic natural landmarks of Florida, the trees are scattered across major Floridian cities.

Map of Florida (Blue)
Map of Florida (Blue)

Nigeria

Nigeria which is known officially as the Federal Republic of Nigeria has its political capital in Abuja and economic capital in Lagos. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and has also been ranked as the most populous black nation on earth with an estimated population of about 200 million people.

By land size, Nigeria is the 32nd largest country on Earth with a total land area of 923,769 km2 or 356,669sq mi. With this figure, Nigeria is estimated to have an estimated population density of about 218 persons per km2 (218/km2).

map of nigeria
map of Nigeria

Side by side comparison of Florida and Nigeria drawn to scale

map of florida and nigeria
Florida (L) and Nigeria (R)

By land area, the state of Florida has a total land area of 170,312 km²  which is far behind Nigeria’s 923,756 km2. What this implies is that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is at least 5 times larger than the state of Florida in the United States.

Superimposing of Florida and Nigeria maps

florida size compared to nigeria

By land area, the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a total land area of 923,756 km2 is over 5 times larger than Florida which has a total landmass of  170,312 km². Therefore, we can fit in at least 5 Florida into Nigeria. 

Population demographics of Nigeria as compared to Florida

Per the United States Census Board, the state of Florida has a total population of about 21 million inhabitants. The state of Florida has a population density of 384 persons/km2, which is one of the most densely populated states in the USA. The state of Florida also has the highest number of aging populations in the United States.

Nigeria on the other end has been projected to have a total population of 206 million inhabitants according to the 2020 World Bank report, making it the most populated country in Africa and the 7th most populated globally. Nigeria also has an annual population growth rate of about 5 million people -which is also the fastest in the world.

GDP of Both Countries

GDP of Nigeria

Nigeria’s GDP witnessed a slow growth rate in the last few years especially in 2020, however, it is gradually improving based on the 4th quarter report by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics.

Nigeria’s real GDP as at 2021 is valued at $$432B which is the largest in Africa. The highest contributor to Nigeria’s GDP is the Oil and Gas sector, contributing about 99.46% of the total GDP.

GDP of Florida

Just as Nigeria, the real GDP of the state of Florida has witnessed a steady decline in the past two years. As at 2021, the GDP of Florida stood at 935.67 billion USD, down from the previous 1.02trillion USD in 2019. This implies that the GDP of florida is over twice that of Nigeria.

Facts about both places

5 Facts about Florida

  1. Highest number of Golf courses in North America: You have probably heard about the famous Mar La Lo beach residence of former US president Donald Trump. This residence has one of the most expensive golf club in the United States.
  2. Highest rate of people migrating: About 1000 people move into Florida each day.
  3. The snake state: the state of Florida has a high number of snake species. Many Floridians live with snakes in their homes unknowingly
  4. Car registration is compulsory in Florida even if you will stay for few weeks.
  5. Florida has the longest coastline in the United States with a stretch of about 1,197 miles.

5 Facts about Nigeria

  1. Nigeria has changed its capital three times, from Calabar, Lagos and finally Abuja.
  2. Home to the current WTO chair: The current head of the World’s Trade Organization Dr. Ngozi Okonji Iweala is a Nigerian. She was a former minister of finance during the government of Olusegun Obasanjo, and Goodluck Jonathan.
  3. You can get a brand new car for as low as N2000 Naira in 1975. Plane tickets to London was N100 Naira.
  4. The Nigerian currency had more value the United States dollar in 1985.
  5. Richest pastors: Out of the top 10 richest pastors in the world, 5 are from Nigeria.

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John Aina has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. John is happiest when he is on a bike and is also interested in Solar technology.
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