Kenya Population (LIVE)

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Kenya Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Kenya is 53,102,687 as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Kenya 2019 population is estimated at 52,573,973 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Kenya population is equivalent to 0.68% of the total world population.
  • Kenya ranks number 27 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Kenya is 92 per Km2 (239 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 569,140 Km2 (219,746 sq. miles)
  • 27.3 % of the population is urban (14,362,838 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Kenya is 19.1 years.

Population of Kenya (2019 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
2019 52,573,973 2.30 % 1,181,408 -10,000 19.1 3.95 92 27.3 % 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 26.8 % 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 26.3 % 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 25.8 % 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 25.3 % 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 23.2 % 9,746,669 0.60 % 6,956,823,603 31
2005 36,624,895 2.76 % 932,068 5,029 17.6 5.00 64 21.3 % 7,813,454 0.56 % 6,541,907,027 33
2000 31,964,557 2.85 % 839,252-4,277 17.0 5.35 56 19.6 % 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 18.0 % 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 16.5 % 3,919,437 0.45 % 5,327,231,061 36
1985 19,877,083 3.90 % 691,977 761 15.0 7.22 35 15.9 % 3,159,732 0.41 % 4,870,921,740 37
1980 16,417,197 3.87 % 568,258 -586 15.0 7.64 29 15.4 % 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 12.8 % 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 10.3 % 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 8.6 % 817,908 0.29 % 3,339,583,597 58
1960 8,120,080 3.05 % 226,484 0 17.1 7.79 14 7.3 % 596,757 0.27 % 3,034,949,748 56
1955 6,987,658 2.83 % 182,180 0 18.9 7.48 12 6.4 % 448,051 0.25 % 2,773,019,936 58
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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
2020 53,771,296 2.35 % 1,178,592 -10,000 20.1 3.52 94 27.8 % 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 30.6 % 18,371,967 0.73 % 8,184,437,460 26
2030 66,449,654 2.07 % 1,293,669 -10,000 23.0 3.52 117 33.7 % 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 37.0 % 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 40.6 % 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 44.3 % 37,975,346 0.90 % 9,481,803,274 20
2050 91,575,089 1.34 % 1,181,166   28.1 3.52 161 48.2 % 44,184,721 0.94 % 9,735,033,990 20
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Kenya Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Kenya
Life Expectancy
67.47 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
30.6
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
40.0
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
26,718,527 49.69% 27,052,773 50.31% 53,771,296 0.99

Population Pyramid for Kenya (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 10,461,920 50.42% 10,288,213 49.58% 20,750,133 38.59%
15-24 5,641,063 50.16% 5,606,186 49.84% 11,247,249 20.92%
25-54 9,063,919 49.44% 9,271,026 50.56% 18,334,945 34.10%
55-64 984,554 47.11% 1,105,191 52.89% 2,089,745 3.89%
65+ 567,071 42.03% 782,157 57.97% 1,349,228 2.51%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 20,750,133 38.59% 65.5
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 31,671,939 58.90% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 1,349,228 2.51% 4.3
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
22,099,361 41.10% 69.8

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 Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Kenya (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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.

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