🇳🇬 Zaria is a metropolis city which at the present time lies within four local government areas in Kaduna state and a major city in the state. These local government areas includes: Zaria Local Government, Sabon Gari Local Government, Giwa Local Government and Soba Local Government areas in Kaduna state, Nigeria. It is the capital city to the Zazzau Emirate Council as well as being one of the original seven Hausa city-states. Today, it is known for housing Nigeria's largest university, Ahmadu Bello University, as well as being home to a number of prominent Nigerians.
Transport and economy Zaria's economy is primarily based on agriculture. Staples are guinea corn and millet. Cash crops include cotton, groundnuts and tobacco. Not only is Zaria a market town for the surrounding area, it is the home of artisans from traditional crafts like leather work, dyeing and cap making, to tinkers, printshops and furniture makers. Zaria is also the centre of a textile industry that for over 200 years has made elaborately hand-embroidered robes that are worn by men throughout Nigeria and West Africa.
Because Zaria is north of the rail junction at Kaduna, it has equal rail access to the seaports at Lagos and Port Harcourt. However, only the railway between Lagos and Kano is functional, as the eastern line of Nigeria's rail network is not operational. This means that Zaria currently has rail access to Lagos and Kano to the north but not Port Harcourt.
Zaria was ranked #1212 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Zaria has a population of over 695,089 people. Zaria also forms the centre of the wider Zaria metropolitan area which has a population of over 736,000 people.
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