Census report: Kenya’s population stands at 47.5 million

Census enumerators protest at Mtwapa, Kilifi County. [Omondi Onyango/Standard]
Kenya’s population currently stands at 47, 564, 296 million.

This is according to the 2019 Population and Housing Census Survey report released on Monday by KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi.

Of the 47.5m, 23 million are men while 24 million are women and 1, 524 are intersex. 

Mwangi says that this year’s enumerated population has soared by nine million in the last decade.

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

Speaking at the hand-over of the 2019 census report at State House, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta praised the efforts of the officials and all enumerators for overseeing a smooth exercise.

“We are the first country to release the census report two months after the exercise was conducted,” he added.

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It is also the first census to be conducted under the 2010 constitution.

President Uhuru said this report provides an opportunity for the government to re-align its development policies and programs.  

The exercise took place between August 24 and 31.

Population per County

COUNTY POPULATION
Mombasa 1, 208, 333
Kwale   866, 820
Kilifi  1, 443, 787
Tana River           315, 943     
Lamu  143, 920
Taita–Taveta  340, 671
Garissa  841, 353
Wajir       781, 263  
Mandera  867, 457
Marsabit 459, 785  
Isiolo    268, 002      
Meru  1, 545, 714    
Tharaka-Nithi  393, 177
Embu               608, 599  
Kitui     1, 136, 187    
Machakos          1, 421, 932   
Makueni 987, 653 
Nyandarua 638, 289  
Nyeri       759, 164    
Kirinyaga  610, 411  
Murang'a         1, 056, 640     
Kiambu 2, 417, 735
Turkana 926, 976   
West Pokot 621, 241
Samburu  310, 327  
Trans-Nzoia     990, 341         
Uasin Gishu 1, 163, 186       
Elgeyo-Marakwet  454, 480
Nandi      885, 711    
Baringo 666, 763
Laikipia  518, 560     
Nakuru  2, 162, 202
Narok 1, 157, 873
Kajiado  1, 117, 840
Kericho    901, 777
Bomet-  875, 689     
Kakamega 1, 867, 579
Vihiga    590, 013  
Bungoma  1, 670, 570           
Busia        893, 681   
Siaya    993, 183       
Kisumu  1,155, 574 
Homa Bay 1,130, 950
Migori 1,116, 436
Kisii 1,266, 860     
Nyamira  605, 576   
Nairobi  4,397, 073

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