An Analysis of Housing Rent and Distance in Lafia Urban Area, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Research areas: Year: 2015
Type of Publication: Article
  • Emankhu, Ubangari Sunday Etemini
  • Eyugu, Aff
Journal: Journal of Environmental Sciences and Policy Evaluation Volume: 5
Number: 2 Pages: 39-46
Month: December
This study investigated the relationship between rent charged on housing and the distances of housing from the centre of Lafia town. The study used a sample size of 50 respondents in Lafia town. Of this number, 10 respondents were sampled from each of the 5 rings created for the study, using the stratified random sampling technique, structured interview schedule; direct observations as well as literature were used for data gathering. The hypothesis that: the rent paid on housing facilities does not decrease as distance from city centre increases, was tested using the Spearman’s Rank Correlation analysis and the two-tailed test was used to test the significance of the outcome of the correlation. The study discovered that rents increased as distance from city centre increased and reduced at suburb. It also found out that housing facilities were concentrated more in the centre of the town and thinned out with increasing distance from the centre of the town. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended that deliberate government policy of urban renewal at built-up area and planning at the suburb be implemented by the Nasarawa State Government.