To strike a balance between living the good life (whatever that may mean to you) and raising a family, weigh your social interest and age against the standard of living where you stay and your earnings (finances). You’d find a compromise.
The best Nigerian cities to live and raise a family are, of course, neither the war-torn corners of the northeast nor the overpopulated centres of the southwest. They are where an average family would readily find standardized schools without breaking the bank to pay school fees. Places you don’t have to worry about traffic congestion, pollution, pickpockets, exorbitant house rent and the rest.
Best Nigerian Cities to Live and Raise a Family
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Many choose Ibadan because of the low cost of living, relative business opportunities, unbiased locals and peaceful neighbourhood. The capital of Oyo State, whatever you can’t get in Ibadan, Lagos is just next door. Image Credit: The Advocacy.
Calabar is situated in Cross River State. A lovely and peaceful city, highly westernized culture and beautiful people. Raising a Christian home in this part of the world is nearly without effort. A place to have a good taste of local Nigerian cuisines. Image Credit: Meredith Nutting.
Port Harcourt is an industrial city. Only Lagos and Abuja are more developed than the country’s chief refinery city. Its residential areas are serene and splendid, away from the noise of the other popular cities. Image Credit: Rhys Thom.
Jos is the capital of Plateau State and is a cool place to live in. Affordability is a draw to this part of Nigeria, so much so you could plan for the future without a sweat. You’ll readily find cheap food and vegetables. Lovely weather (temperate climate). Affordable schools for the middle class. There are job opportunities in Jos, depending on your expertise. Sports, hiking, volunteering and NGO’s are popular pastimes in this part of the country. Image Credit: Andrew Moore.
Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom State. There is affordable housing – not as expensive as those in The FCT – and transportation is at a reasonable cost. The city has witnessed rapid improvement in infrastructures in recent times with state-of-the-art facilities like the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre and Ibom International Stadium making the headlines. It’s also a cool place to study and earn a living. Image Credit: Akisok
Kaduna is one of the interesting places to work and live in, in northern Nigeria. While it has yet to reach its peak – development-wise – like Lagos and Abuja, its liberal culture appeals to diverse people from all parts of the country. There are good choices of schools. Islam is the core religion of the north, but Christianity is well accepted and you can see churches just about everywhere you go in the city. Image Credit: Allan Leonard.
Located in Osun State, cost of living in Ile Ife is low. Its peaceful and serene neighbourhoods make it the ideal place to stay, away from the chaos of the bigger metropolitan areas. Ife is well known for the Natural Museum of Nigeria and the Obafemi Awolowo University – one of the flagship institutions of higher learning in the country. Image Credit: Jollof Malt.
Makurdi is quite safe and it has a social life of its kind. Feeding and accommodation come at a relatively less cost, guess that’s why Benue state is the ‘Food Basket of the Nation.’ It’s not so large but roads are assessable. Weather could be hot though. There are good schools around. Image Credit: Arikair.
The cost of living in Abeokuta is low. Not one of those cities where you spend a chunk of your earnings on transportation and feeding alone. You’ll find enough fun hangouts and relaxation spots. The Education in the capital of Ogun State needs more attention from the government, however; every child have access to schools. The city has an adequate health facility. Image Credit: JBdodane.
There are good schools around for the young ones and the youth. Moderate cost of living. Minna is the capital of Niger State and it’s only a good distance away from the nation’s capital. Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Ilorin are among its neighbouring cities, giving it that strategic positioning.
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