Kenya’s 10 Most Populous Communities

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta during enumeration reference night on August 24, 2019.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during enumeration reference night on August 24, 2019.
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  • The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) released the 2019 National Housing and Population Census on Friday 21, 2020. 

    The report listed the Kikuyu community as the most populous in the country with a total of 8,148,668 people.

    The Luhya community came in at second place with a population of 6,823,842 followed by the Kalenjin community whose tally stands at 6,358,113 people.

    Deputy President William Ruto(Left) participates in the census exercise at his home in Nairobi in August 2019
    Deputy President William Ruto(Left) participates in the census exercise at his home in Nairobi in August 2019
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    The report also indicated that the Luo community came in fourth with a population of 5,066,966 people.

    The Kamba community came in fifth with a population of 4,663,910 whereas the Kenyan Somalis took the sixth position with a population of 2,780,502 people.

    The Kisii community took the seventh position with a population of 2,703,235 people followed by the Mijikenda community at number eight with a population of 2,488,691 people.

    The Meru mainly based in the Eastern region of Kenya took position nine with a population of 2,488,691 people whereas the Maasai closed the top ten list with a population of 1,189,522 people.

    The results released by the Director General at the KNBS Zachary Mwangi also gave the list of the least populous counties.

    The Northern Kenya-based Dahalo community stood as the least populous community with a population of only 575 people.

    The Kenyan Americans stood as the second least populous community with a population of 596 people.

    The Gosha and El Molo communities followed at the third and fourth-least populous communities with populations of 685 and 1,104 people respectively. 

    The Konso community took the fifth position with 1,299 people.

    In November 2019,  the bureau released the national population census numbers that showed the population stood at 47.6 million people with the number of women marginally going above that of men.

    Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Bungoma while Lamu, Isiolo, Samburu Tana River and Taita Taveta are the least populous.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta said the numbers released will help guide the Government in planning purposes.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results at State House, Nairobi in November 2019. Also present are from right Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, KNBS chairman Peter Nginga Kiguta and the KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results at State House, Nairobi in November 2019. Also present are from right Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, KNBS chairman Peter Nginga Kiguta and the KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi.
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