Delta State (recognized on August 27, 1991) is an oil and agricultural producing state in Nigeria. It is situated in the region known as the South-South geo-political zone with a population of 4,112,445 (males: 2,069,309; females: 2,043,136). The capital city is Asaba, located at the northern end of the state, with an estimated area of 762 square kilometres (294 sq mi), while Warri is the economic nerve center of the state and also the most populated. It is located in the southern end of the state. The state has a total land area of 16,842 square kilometres (6,503 sq mi).
Delta State is predominantly inhabited by the Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw, Ika, Ukwani, Igbo, Itsekiri and the Olukumi people. The population of other groups in the state are negligible.
The Urhobo-Isoko are the most predominant people inhabiting the state and currently more than 4 million. The Igboid group populating Delta State are referred to as the Anioma (People Of Good Land)people. The Itsekiri speak a language very closely related to Yoruba but have been culturally influenced by the Edo from neighbouring Edo state, as well as the Urhobo, and Ijaw. The Ijaws are a group of people related to the predominant people of neighbouring Bayelsa State, while the Olukumi are becoming culturally and linguistically extinct, due to acculturation and assimilation.
The vast majority of inhabitants are Christian, with very few practicing traditional religions.
|Languages spoken||Izon, Urhobo, Igbo, Ukwuani, Isoko and English|
|Currency used||Naira (NGN)|
|Area (km2)||17,698 km2|