Top 3 places to live as a young family in Lagos (1)


The factors people consider when deciding where to live vary at different stages in the life of the person(s) involved. Elements such as cost, taste, fashion, proximity to work and family, etc. top this list of factors based on demographics, income level, and lifestyle. For example, the availability of clubs, restaurants and other lifestyle amenities may be a major consideration for a young person who likes the nightlife. In contrast, a 70-year-old retiree would likely be more concerned about living in a safe neighborhood with quality healthcare facilities.

There are many things to think about and prioritize when choosing a venue. Generally, your commute time, and ultimately the quality of life for you and your family, is influenced by where you live. Some factors are more obvious than others. For young families, figuring out where to live and raise children can be difficult, especially in the ‘hustle and bustle of Lagos’. We have considered a number of factors including the availability of quality schools, leisure and health facilities among others and have profiled the top 3 places to raise a family in Lagos. While there’s no perfect location that meets all of your demands, we hope these suggestions will help you make an informed choice that’s right for you.

1. Lekki Phase 1

Lekki Phase 1 has become the first family-friendly location in Lagos State. Historically, Lekki Phase 1 has built a reputation for hosting some of the best schools, hospitals and recreation centers in Lagos. Towards the end of 2021, Edusko, an education market, conducted an analysis of the best schools in Lagos based on their performance in international and national examinations, their performance in local and international competitions (academic and extracurricular), as well as their achievements as alumni in recent years. Based on the analysis, Lekki Phase 1 is home to 31% of the schools in the top 25 schools in Lagos. When it comes to healthcare, Lekki Phase 1 is also home to around 13% of the top 25 hospitals we have profiled in Lagos. Additionally, Lekki Phase 1 also has over 20% family/kid centric entertainment centers in Lagos including Upbeat and Fun Factory.

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2. Ikeja GRA

Ikeja GRA comes second in the ranking. The Government Reserved Area is particularly notable for housing some of the best hospitals and clinics in Lagos, including the recently launched 72-bed Duchess Hospital on Joel Ogunnaike Street. Other notable hospitals in the neighborhood include Reddington Hospital, Eko House Hospital, and Genesis Specialist Hospital among others. According to our analysis, Ikeja GRA is home to 12.5% ​​of the best schools in Lagos, 25% of the best hospitals in the state, and up to 20% of the best recreation centers in the city. Apart from its serenity and good road network, Ikeja also has the most family friendly restaurants, grocery stores and lots of fun places for you and your young family.

Top 3 places to live as a young family in Lagos (1)

3. Ikoyi

Ikoyi is particularly expensive, but if you are looking for a place where your children can meet the children of the big wigs in society, then this might be the best place. From our analysis, Ikoyi emerged as the 3rd best place to raise a family in Lagos. With 9.4%, 12.5% ​​and 20% of the best schools, hospitals and recreation centers located here respectively, Ikoyi is a great place to raise children, with a quality of life that almost matches what you will find in some of the most advanced cities in the world.

Top 3 places to live as a young family in Lagos (1)

Final Thought

Unless you worry about high rental/property value and a few other personal nuances, Lekki Phase 1, Ikeja GRA and Ikoyi are the top 3 places to raise your family in Lagos. Ultimately, the location you choose will be one that sufficiently meets your own requirements. That said, we hope some of the three factors we’ve outlined in this article will help you the next time you’re trying to choose where to reside.

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