Current census and population distribution of Kenya

What's the population of Kenya? the latest census, carried out in 2009 revealed that Kenya has a population of 38.6 million people. Currently, Kenya's population is estimated to have hit over 40 million. According to a report on CIA World Fact book, Kenya population hit 41.7 in July 2011.

In terms of age, the Kenya population figures indicates there are more people in the younger age bracket than the elderly, with the age bracket of 0 to 15 making up a huge percentage.

At the time of this survey, the population statistics reveal more than two out of every five persons were found to be under the age of 15 - making about 43% of the total Kenya population. Going by the current trend it’s expected that by the year 2030, Kenya population will grow to about 65.9 million.

2009 Kenya population statistics and distribution

The following table outlines Kenya’s population conducted in 2009 and released in 2011.

Province Total Figures (millions) Number of Women (millions) Number of Men (millions) Below age 15 (%)
Total 38.6 19.4 19.2 42.9
Rural 26.1 13.2 12.9 -
Urban 12.5 6.2 6.3 -
Nairobi 3.1 1.5 1.6 30.3
Central 4.4 2.2 2.2 36.0
Coast 3.3 1.7 1.6 42.3
Eastern 5.7 2.9 2.8 41.8
North Eastern 2.3 1.2 1.1 51.7
Nyanza 5.4 2.8 2.6 45.9
Rift Valley 10.0 5.0 5.0 45.3
Western 4.3 2.2 2.1 47.1

Source: 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census - Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2010.

Inadequate availability and/or use of birth control methods are noted as being instrumental to the increased growth rate.

According to the findings by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, out of all married women between the ages of 15 to 49, only 46% use birth control.

Kenya population demographics by ethnicity

The following numbers represent the ethnic composition of Kenya population as compiled in the 2009 census.

Kikuyu - 17%

Luhya - 14%

Kalenjin - 13%

Luo - 12%

Kamba - 10%

Kisii - 6%

Mijikenda - 5%

Meru - 4%

Turkana - 2.5%

Maasai - 2.1%

Other small indigenous groups - 9%

Non African groups - 1%

Kenya population by religion:

Protestant 47.7%

Roman Catholic 23.5%

Other Christian groups11.9%

Without religion 2.4%

Indigenous beliefs 1.7%

Source: CIA World Factbook

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