Kenya’s population grew to 47.9 million, women outnumbered men by 500k

The 2019 population and Census results are out and the Kenyan population has grown to 47.6 million with women marginally outnumbering men.

While releasing the results on Monday at State House, Nairobi, Director General of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Zachary Mwangi said the total population of those enumerated was 47,564,296.

Men account for 23,548,056 of the population while women hit 24,014,716. Quick math shows women are more by a mere 466,660.

“We see that the female accounted for 50.5%,” said Mr. Mwangi while noting that the intersex population has declined from 10 years ago.

The Intersex population was reported to be 1,524 a decline from 10 years ago.

“The population has grown to 47.6 million in 2019 from 37.7 million in 2009 and the intersex population has declined to 2.2% in 2019 from 2.9% in 2009.

Kenyans are having fewer children with the Census reporting that the average household size has declined over the last 10 years.

“The average household size has decline to 3.9 in 2019 from 4.2 in 2009,” said Mr. Mwangi.

The most populous counties were listed as; 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.

“The numbers released today will go a long way in guiding successive planning for the benefit of all Kenyans. I expect that KNBS will release the other census volumes and make them available to planners,” said Mr. Kenyatta.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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