Kenya Population: 53,330,463

The Republic of Kenya is in Africa. It is a coastal city that shares its borders with Somalia in the East, Ethiopia in the North, Sudan in the Northwest, Tanzania in the South, and Indian ocean in the Southeast. It is the 29th most populous in the world. Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. Tourism and agriculture account for a major share of the GDP.

Largest Cities in Kenya by Population

Some of the largest cities and towns in Kenya in terms of population are Nairobi Metro( 6,547,547), Nairobi city(4,394,073), Mombasa City( 1,208,333), Kisumu city(750,000) and Nakuru Municipality( 500,000).

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Nairobi 2,750,547 Narok 36,061
Mombasa 799,668 Kericho 35,748
Nakuru 259,903 Migori 35,240
Eldoret 218,446 Embu 34,922
Kisumu 216,479 Moyale 34,314
Thika 200,000 Isiolo 33,207
Malindi 118,265 Nyahururu 31,978
Kitale 75,123 Machakos 31,971
Garissa 67,861 Rongai 30,471
Kakamega 63,426 Pumwani 29,616
Kapenguria 56,000 Kisii 28,547
Bungoma 55,962 Molo 27,896
Busia 51,981 Kabarnet 24,661
Nyeri 51,084 Athi River 24,530
Ol Kalou 47,795 Lamu 24,525
Meru 47,226 Webuye 22,507
Kilifi 46,118 Karuri 21,476
Wajir 45,771 Kiambu 21,234
Mumias 45,485 Maralal 20,841
Voi 45,483 Makueni Boma 20,681
Iten 42,000 Lodwar 20,219
Lugulu 40,894 Kitui 15,954
Homa Bay 40,319 Marsabit 15,361
Naivasha 38,366 Siaya 15,354
Nanyuki 36,142 Kerugoya 15,287
Mandera 36,076 Muhoroni 15,217

Kenya Population History

The Kenyan Inhabitants as of 1979 was 15.3 million; it was about 21.4 million in 1989 and 28.7 million in 1999. The Kenyan population, as per the census in 2009, is 38.6 Million. It is believed that the growth rate has slowed down at the turn of the 20th century. The population of Kenya in 20230 is 53, 491,697.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 53,771,296 2.28% 1,197,323 -10,000 20.1 3.52 94 27.80% 14,975,059 0.69% 7,794,798,739 27
2019 52,573,973 2.30% 1,181,408 -10,000 19.1 3.95 92 27.30% 14,362,838 0.68% 7,713,468,100 27
2018 51,392,565 2.33% 1,171,423 -10,000 19.1 3.95 90 26.80% 13,771,805 0.67% 7,631,091,040 27
2017 50,221,142 2.38% 1,169,608 -10,000 19.1 3.95 88 26.30% 13,201,347 0.67% 7,547,858,925 28
2016 49,051,534 2.45% 1,173,198 -10,000 19.1 3.95 86 25.80% 12,650,834 0.66% 7,464,022,049 28
2015 47,878,336 2.64% 1,169,532 -10,000 18.9 4.06 84 25.30% 12,119,756 0.65% 7,379,797,139 28
2010 42,030,676 2.79% 1,081,156 -37,866 18.1 4.65 74 23.20% 9,746,669 0.60% 6,956,823,603 31
2005 36,624,895 2.76% 932,068 5,029 17.6 5 64 21.30% 7,813,454 0.56% 6,541,907,027 33
2000 31,964,557 2.85% 839,252 -4,277 17 5.35 56 19.60% 6,256,185 0.52% 6,143,493,823 33
1995 27,768,296 3.20% 808,743 44,314 16.4 5.65 49 18.00% 4,994,299 0.48% 5,744,212,979 35
1990 23,724,579 3.60% 769,499 1,005 15.4 6.54 42 16.50% 3,919,437 0.45% 5,327,231,061 36
1985 19,877,083 3.90% 691,977 761 15 7.22 35 15.90% 3,159,732 0.41% 4,870,921,740 37
1980 16,417,197 3.87% 568,258 -586 15 7.64 29 15.40% 2,535,258 0.37% 4,458,003,514 40
1975 13,575,907 3.74% 454,903 -3,583 15.1 7.99 24 12.80% 1,741,729 0.33% 4,079,480,606 45
1970 11,301,394 3.47% 354,244 -3,907 15.4 8.11 20 10.30% 1,158,465 0.31% 3,700,437,046 47
1965 9,530,173 3.25% 282,019 -4,000 15.8 8.07 17 8.60% 817,908 0.29% 3,339,583,597 58
1960 8,120,080 3.05% 226,484 0 17.1 7.79 14 7.30% 596,757 0.27% 3,034,949,748 56
1955 6,987,658 2.83% 182,180 0 18.9 7.48 12 6.40% 448,051 0.25% 2,773,019,936 58

Kenya Population forecast

 It is believed that Kenya’s population has doubled over the past 20 years. While the extreme growth in population is expected to slowdown in the present and future, it is predicted that the fall in population would be to the extent of 2.20% from the current rate, which is about 2.52%. However, the population in 2030 is expected to be 66,959,993.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 53,771,296 2.35% 1,178,592 -10,000 20.1 3.52 94 27.80% 14,975,059 0.69% 7,794,798,739 27
2025 59,981,310 2.21% 1,242,003 -10,000 21.5 3.52 105 30.60% 18,371,967 0.73% 8,184,437,460 26
2030 66,449,654 2.07% 1,293,669 -10,000 23 3.52 117 33.70% 22,382,984 0.78% 8,548,487,400 25
2035 73,026,288 1.91% 1,315,327 -10,000 24.3 3.52 128 37.00% 27,025,992 0.82% 8,887,524,213 21
2040 79,469,670 1.71% 1,288,676 -10,000 25.7 3.52 140 40.60% 32,241,885 0.86% 9,198,847,240 21
2045 85,669,261 1.51% 1,239,918 -10,000 26.9 3.52 151 44.30% 37,975,346 0.90% 9,481,803,274 20
2050 91,575,089 1.34% 1,181,166 28.1 3.52 161 48.20% 44,184,721 0.94% 9,735,033,990 20

Kenya Demographics

The population of Kenya is quite diverse and includes several linguistic and ethnic groups. The two major communities that account for the major portion of the population include Bantus (67%) and Nilotes (30%). Kenya has a very young population with three-quarters of its population under the age of 30. The life expectancy as of 2018 is 64 years. Kenya is a place where the birth and infant mortality rates are quite high.

Kenya Religion & Politics 

The major religion in the country is Christianity. Of the 83% of Christians, 47.7% are protestants, 23.4% are Catholics, and 11.9% are followers of other folds of Christianity. The Muslim population in the country is about 11.2% The quality of life is very poor in Kenya, and 4.8% of adults are believed to be living with diseases, and the death rate owing to HIV is also quite high.

Kenya is a presidential democratic republic. This means that the president is the head of the state as well as the Government. Despite changes in the political system and crisis in neighboring countries, the Kenyan Government has been stable.

Kenya Economy

The Kenyan economy is market-based. The external trade system is liberal. There are a few state enterprises as well. The country enjoys steady economic growth owing to the growing entrepreneurial middle class. However, weak governance and ineffectiveness of law and corruption are the factors that impede growth. The major industries include tourism, agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, and manufacturing.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%