Kenya Population (LIVE)

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Kenya Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Kenya is 56,254,980 as of Sunday, July 21, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Kenya 2023 population is estimated at 55,100,586 people at mid year.
  • Kenya population is equivalent to 0.68% of the total world population.
  • Kenya ranks number 26 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Kenya is 97 per Km2 (251 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 569,140 Km2 (219,746 sq. miles)
  • 30.7 % of the population is urban (16,943,167 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Kenya is 19.6 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of Kenya (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationKenya
Global Rank
2024 56,203,030 2.00 % 1,102,444 -10,000 19.9 3.19 99 31.4 % 17,645,362 0.69 % 8,118,835,999 26
2023 55,100,586 1.99 % 1,073,099 -10,000 19.6 3.24 97 30.7 % 16,943,167 0.68 % 8,045,311,447 26
2022 54,027,487 1.93 % 1,021,873 -10,000 19.4 3.30 95 30.1 % 16,264,626 0.68 % 7,975,105,156 27
2020 51,985,780 2.03 % 1,034,330 -17,106 18.9 3.40 91 28.8 % 14,975,059 0.66 % 7,840,952,880 27
2015 46,851,488 2.45 % 1,066,719 -95,981 17.9 3.80 82 25.9 % 12,119,756 0.63 % 7,426,597,537 29
2010 41,517,895 2.98 % 1,134,977 -21,076 17.0 4.37 73 23.5 % 9,746,669 0.59 % 6,985,603,105 31
2005 35,843,010 3.04 % 998,281 5,496 16.4 4.78 63 21.8 % 7,813,454 0.55 % 6,558,176,119 33
2000 30,851,606 2.80 % 794,6525,407 15.6 5.14 54 20.3 % 6,256,185 0.50 % 6,148,898,975 33
1995 26,878,347 3.02 % 743,216 -75,544 14.9 5.37 47 18.6 % 4,994,299 0.47 % 5,743,219,454 35
1990 23,162,269 3.55 % 742,022 -11,341 14.3 6.13 41 16.9 % 3,919,437 0.44 % 5,316,175,862 36
1985 19,452,161 3.74 % 653,007 -35,416 13.8 6.98 34 16.2 % 3,159,732 0.40 % 4,861,730,613 40
1980 16,187,124 3.47 % 507,043 -39,943 13.3 7.60 28 15.7 % 2,535,258 0.36 % 4,444,007,706 41
1975 13,651,908 3.54 % 435,764 -71,454 13.1 7.88 24 12.8 % 1,741,729 0.34 % 4,069,437,231 45
1970 11,473,087 4.03 % 411,176 -13,059 13.3 8.02 20 10.1 % 1,158,465 0.31 % 3,695,390,336 46
1965 9,417,207 3.97 % 333,154 8,524 13.9 8.03 17 8.7 % 817,908 0.28 % 3,337,111,983 62
1960 7,751,435 3.40 % 238,513 2,140 14.6 7.63 14 7.7 % 596,757 0.26 % 3,019,233,434 58
1955 6,558,870 2.58 % 156,964 -4,336 15.7 7.48 12 6.8 % 448,051 0.24 % 2,746,072,141 62
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Kenya Population Forecast

-10,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationKenya
Global Rank
2025 57,323,930 1.97 % 1,067,630 -10,000 20.1 3.14 101 32.0 % 18,371,967 0.70 % 8,191,988,453 26
2030 63,103,942 1.94 % 1,156,002 -10,000 21.5 2.94 111 35.5 % 22,382,984 0.74 % 8,546,141,327 25
2035 69,018,977 1.81 % 1,183,007 -10,000 22.8 2.77 121 39.2 % 27,025,992 0.78 % 8,879,397,401 23
2040 74,757,978 1.61 % 1,147,800 -10,000 24.0 2.60 131 43.1 % 32,241,885 0.81 % 9,188,250,492 21
2045 80,156,601 1.40 % 1,079,725 -10,000 25.1 2.48 141 47.4 % 37,975,346 0.85 % 9,467,543,575 22
2050 85,211,739 1.23 % 1,011,028   26.3 2.35 150 51.9 % 44,184,721 0.88 % 9,709,491,761 21
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Kenya Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Kenya
Life Expectancy
63.34 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
26.0
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
35.8
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Kenya

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

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

See also

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Notes

The Kenya Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Kenya delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Kenya (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Kenya in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.