Rivers State

Coordinates: 4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.750°N 6.833°E / 4.750; 6.833
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Rivers State
Location of Rivers State in Nigeria
Location of Rivers State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.750°N 6.833°E / 4.750; 6.833
Geopolitical zoneSouth South
Formation27 May 1967 (56 years ago) (1967-05-27)
CapitalPort Harcourt
 • BodyGovernment of Rivers State
 • Governor[2]Nyesom Wike (PDP)
 • DeputyIpalibo Banigo (PDP)
 • LegislatureHouse of Assembly
 • Total11,077 km2 (4,277 sq mi)
 • Rank26th
 (2006 Census)
 • Total5,198,716[1]
 • Rank6th
 • Density635.89/km2 (1,646.9/sq mi)
 • Year2007
 • Total$21.07 billion[3]
 • Per capita$3,965[3]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
postal code
ISO 3166 codeNG-RI
HDI (2018)0.642[4]
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Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. At the 2006 census, the state had a population of 5,185,400. It is the sixth-most populated state in the country.[5] The capital and largest city is Port Harcourt. It is also the centre of Nigeria's petroleum industry.

Rivers State is bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. To the north it is bordered by Imo, Abia and Anambra states. To the east it is bordered by Akwa Ibom State and to the west by Bayelsa and Delta states.

Many indigenous peoples live in Rivers State. They include Ikwerre, Ijwa, Etche, Ogba/Egbema, Ogoni and others.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". population.gov.ng. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. See List of governors of Rivers State for a list of prior governors
  3. 3.0 3.1 "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". EIU Canback. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  4. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. "Nigeria: Administrative Division". City Population. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. "Rivers State". Delta Oil Place. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.