Census 2019: 10 Most Populated Counties in Kenya

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta with Labour CS Ukur Yatani. Kenyatta received census 2019 report at State House on Monday, November 4 File
  • Population distribution per county, in relation to the 2019 Population and Housing Census, has Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kakamega & Bungoma counties as the most populous counties.

    The least populous counties include Lamu, Isiolo, Samburu, Tana River & Taita Taveta as per the report released on Monday, November 4, by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) at State House Nairobi.

    Nairobi has a total population of 4,394,073 while Kiambu has 2,417,705 residents followed by Nakuru (2,162,202), Kakamega (1,867,579), Bungoma has (1,670,570) and Mombasa County (1,208,333).

    KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi who read census results on Monday, November 4
    KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi who read census results on Monday, November 4

    Lamu is the least populated county with 143,920 residents followed by Isiolo with 268,002, Samburu (310,327) and Tana River (315,943). 

    Data showed that counties in northern Kenya have the largest families in terms of household analysis. 

    The top counties in terms of household sizes are Mandera with 6.9 persons per family, Wajir at 6.1, Garissa 5.9, Marsabit 5.8, and Turkana 5.6.

    West Pokot has five persons per house at 5.3, while Kwale is at 5.0. Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Kiambu are at 3.0. Murang'a and Embu at 3.3

    Nairobi and Mombasa despite being amongst the most populous county have the lowest household sizes at 2.9 and 3.1 respectively.

    The national average household size is 3.9.

    The total enumerated population was 47,564,296 with male population at 23,548,056 and females at 24,014, 716. 

    Below is a population breakdown of the remaining counties.

    Kwale - 866,820

    Kilifi - 1,453,787

    Taita Taveta - 340,671

    Garisa - 841,353

    Wajir - 781,263

    Mandera - 867,457

    Marsabit - 459,785

    Census 2019 results as released by KNBS on Monday, November 4, 2019
    Census 2019 results as released by KNBS on Monday, November 4, 2019

    Meru - 1,545,714

    Tharaka Nithi - 393,177

    Embu - 608,599

    Kitui - 113,6187

    Machakos - 1,421,932

    Makueni - 987,653

    Nyandarua - 638,289

    Nyeri - 759, 164

    Kirinyaga - 610, 411

    Murang'a - 1,560,640

    Turkana - 926, 976

    West Pokot - 621,241

    Trans Nzoia - 990,341

    Uasin Gishu - 1,133,186

    Elgeyo Marakwet - 454,480

    Nandi - 885,711

    Baringo - 666,763

    Laikipia - 518,540

    Narok - 1,157,873

    Kajiado - 1,117,840

    Kericho - 901,777

    Bomet - 875,689

    Vihiga - 590,013

    Busia - 893,681

    Siaya - 993,183

    Kisumu - 1,155,574

    Homa Bay - 1,131,950

    Migori - 1,116,436

    Kisii - 1,266,860

    Nyamira - 605,576

    Video courtesy of Citizen TV