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Living in Jos, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Jos, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 25 people living in Jos what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you are moving to Jos, you should come prepared with warm clothing’s as the whether can be very cold. Don’t worry about food and accommodations as they can be very affordable. The city settlement is usually divided into Christian dominated or Muslim dominated so better you know where you fall into. The inhabitants are very welcoming and it is a good place for businesses to thrive. The tribes found in the city centre are Berom, Anaguta, Amo, and Afizere just to name a few. Jos is indeed a place to be, it is home to the prestigious university of Jos and State Polytechnic. There are very good private and government schools for your children if you have them.

Jos is weather friendly, the city is somehow relaxed, and moderately peaceful. People here are law abiding. Cost of food is cheaper compared with many other parts of Nigeria. Cost of living is average depending on where you choose. The most expensive area to live is Rayfield with the average price of ₦350k for two bedroom flats in 2023. It could be cheaper in other areas. … and there is stable electricity supply in majority of Jos areas. Popular languages spoken range from English to pidgin and Hausa.

If you are moving to Jos you will have to know about our previous challenge of religious clashes between Christians and Muslims that we have now overcome as we are now trying to integrate to living among each other as we used to. Jos is an awesome place to be, great weather and hospitable people.

Sohbut Nden, says: 2023

If you’re moving to Jos, the first thing you need is security consciousness. You need to know where the hotspots for potential violence are. You also need to know that moving around past 5pm is hard because the keke napep transport system shuts down. Apart from these and a few other challenges, Jos is an excellent town to live in with amazing people, culture, weather, and nature at its best.

Dabuwar, says: 2023

My city is located in the middle belt part of Nigeria. This city is usually the coldest during the harmattan period of my country. It is inhabited by people who are mostly Hausa-speaking and Christians. The major occupation there is farming: growing of food crops like cereals and vegetables and poultry production.

Michael, says: 2020

Jos is known for its cold weather than other cities in Nigeria,; it high topography and friendly people. The common language of commerce is Hausa, although the natives also speaks several languages. English is the language of government. The city is beautiful, with marvelous rock formations. Houses from the colonial period are still standing.

Kraznys, says: 2020

Jos is the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria. It has a cozy weather and its scenery is filled with different sizes of uniquely shaped rocks which makes the city a tourist attraction for visitors. Jos also has a lot of vegetables which are not easily found in other parts of the country.

Kehinde, says: 2020

Jos is a cold city and a tourist destination. The food items are very cheap and fruits. Housing is affordable and there is a steady power supply. The good news is security has improved and residents are friendly. There are three major tribes residing there and they consist of Christian and Muslim.

Chinedu, says: 2020

The weather is fantastic and the scenery is beautiful. It is also a relatively inexpensive city. the people are friendly and it is quite easy to commute to work anywhere within the city. The city is in the middle belt region of the country and can be accessed easily by road, rail or air.

1. There is high traffic congestion in the city centres.
2. They people are hospitable and law abiding.
3. Theft cases are minimal as compared to other cities.
4. Violent prone areas are basically outskirts.
5. Plateau is the home of peace and tourism.

Daniel, says: 2020

Jos is a very cold city and so you should be ready to use a lot of cover garments. it is a town with more of civil servants, a lot of government agencies have centers here; it is in the north of the country with cases of violence, you might want to have company when moving around late and put in effort in learning the language; Hausa.

Khadijah, says: 2020

Jos city is the coldest city in Nigeria, it is a beautiful place that has many tourist attractions. Over the last 20 years it has been bombarded with many ethnic crises that have made the city a dangerous place. The city was once a wonder in the country of Nigeria, but terrorism and hate have made the city which was once full of peace and tourism to be full of fear chaos and insecurity.

Temidayo, says: 2020

Jos is an extremely cold but beautiful city. Food stuff/items are sold at very cheap rates. Most of the inhabitants are farmers. Cost of living here is also not high, so anybody looking for a beautiful and cozy city/state to settle, Jos, Plateau state is the place for you. We have lots of tourists sites/centers like the Jos wildlife park which is breathtaking. Good for family members looking for places to spend beautiful time together. When next in Nigeria, do not hesitate to visit the beautiful city of Jos.

Mustapha, says: 2020

Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, is a very good place because of the good weather, affordable cost of living and friendly people. Jos is also a tourist attraction because of the abundant natural resources and has in fact been recorded as one of the best tourist attraction center in Nigeria.

Chiman, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Jos must be alert at all times due to the rise in herdsmen attacks and cases of arson. One must seriously consider getting a pet in addition to living in a secured estate. Keeping in mind the weather is not always predictable, it is advisable to take a sweater, coat or shawl when leaving the house.

Michael, says: 2020

Jos city is extremely cold. It changes with the direction of the wind but still remains cold most of the time. Last year, around November, Jos dropped to a bone-chilling temperature of -9°C; almost same as Russia at the time. We residents, were literally freezing. I’d advise anyone moving to Jos City, to come with many Anoraks and thick jackets as possible. A room heater is a great idea too.

Oluwaseyi, says: 2020

Jos city is known for its tourist attractions because of the table flat land. People of different cultures and ethnic groups do visit the city from time to time. it will be a wonderful and unforgettable experience for anyone visiting the city of Jos. He/She will tour the wildlife park and the old museum.

Jos is a city in Plateau State which in Nigeria. It’s usually a cold city especially during the dry season. The people here are mostly involved in agricultural activities especially crops and livestock production. People also involve in other businesses like content creation, baking, graphic design, among others. It’s a good place you should try.

Victor, says: 2020

Anyone moving here should know there are areas where electricity and water supply are not constant. The person needs to be highly security conscious. The person should look for a friendly environment based on his/her belief system.

Christiana, says: 2020

Jos city is a beautiful and quiet city. It is a tourist attraction and is not exactly considered a commercial city. One of the many advantages of living in this city includes its thriving agriculture, which makes fruits and vegetables affordable to everyone. Unlike most cities in the tropics, this town has very fair weather year-round. It is one like no other.

Emmanuel, says: 2020

Not everyone is that good at English over here. It becomes a challenge when you speak to someone, and there is no response. Multiple languages are spoken in this parts, hence the need to be multilingual. The people are loving, and fun to be with, especially if you meet the right person.

Bilkisu, says: 2020

Jos is the largest city in Plateau state. It used to be a major site for tourist attraction because of its uniquely shaped rocks, food and cozy weather which generated a lot of revenue for the state. However, this has reduced drastically due to the violence that has occurred on a frequent basis for the past ten years.

Before moving to Jos, you have to be aware that the weather could get very chilly towards the end of the year and it would be wise to prepare warm clothing. The terrain is rocky and the people are warm and welcoming to visitors and newcomers.

Nicholas, says: 2020

Anyone intending to move to Jos should know it can be quite cold here, so he/she should endeavour to get warm clothing and blanket. Another point is they need to understand a bit of the main language spoken here which is hausa, Just basics, it’s not a must but could help especially if they don’t know anyone living in Jos. There are a lot of educated people in Jos that understand the English language, but not so with the locals around Jos. Another point which they might like is there are varieties of vegetables and fruits found in Jos, and goods can be gotten at low prices compared to other major cities in Nigeria.

Kenechukwu, says: 2020

Anyone intending to move to Jos should know it can be quite cold here, so he/she should endeavour to get warm clothing and blanket. They need to understand a bit of the main language spoken here which is hausa, it’s not a must but could help especially if they don’t know anyone living in Jos. There are a lot of educated people in Jos, that do understand English but not so with the locals around Jos.

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