List of cities and towns in Kenya by population

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The following is a list of the most populous cities, municipalities and towns of Kenya. In Kenya there are only 3 incorporated cities but there are numerous municipalities and towns with significant urban populations. 2 of the cities Nairobi and Mombasa are cities whose county borders run the same as their city limits, so in a way they could be thought of as City-Counties.

Top 100 list[edit]

The list:

Metro Area
Capital City of Kenya
County Capital


City/ Town Status Population County Ref
Nairobi Metro Metro 6,547,547 Nairobi Kajiado
Machakos Kiambu
[1]
1. Nairobi City Logo.png Nairobi City 3,375,000 Nairobi City Logo.png Nairobi [2]
2. Mombasa County Coat of Arms.png Mombasa City 1,200,000 Mombasa County Coat of Arms.png Mombasa [3]
3. Kisumu City 409,928 Kisumu [4]
4. Nakuru Municipality 307,990 Nakuru [4]
5. Eldoret Municipality 289,380 Uasin Gishu [4]
6. Kehancha Municipality 256,086 Migori [4]
7. Ruiru Municipality 238,858 Kiambu [4]
8. Kikuyu Town Council 233,231 Kiambu [4]
9. Kangundo-Tala Town Council 218,557 Machakos [4]
10. Malindi Municipality 207,253 Kilifi [4]
11. Naivasha Municipality 181,966 Nakuru [4]
12. Kitui Municipality 155,896 Kitui [4]
13. Machakos Municipality 150,041 Machakos [4]
14. Thika Municipality 139,853 Kiambu [4]
15. Athi River (Mavoko) Municipality 139,380 Machakos [4]
16. Karuri Town Council 129,934 Kiambu [4]
17. Nyeri Municipality 125,357 Nyeri [4]
18. Kilifi Town Council 122,899 Kilifi [4]
19. Garissa Town Council 119,696 Garissa [4]
20. Vihiga Municipality 118,696 Vihiga [4]
21. Mumias Municipality 116,358 Kakamega [4]
22. Bomet Municipality 110,963 Bomet [4]
23. Molo Town Council 107,806 Nakuru [4]
24. Ngong Other Centre 107,188 Kajiado [4]
25. Kitale Municipality 106,187 Trans-Nzoia [4]
26. Litein Town Council 104,600 Kericho [4]
27. Limuru Municipality 104,282 Kiambu [4]
28. Kericho Municipality 104,282 Kericho [4]
29. Kimilili Municipality 94,927 Bungoma [4]
30. Awasi Other Centre 93,369 Kisumu [4]
31. Kakamega Municipality 91,768 Kakamega [4]
32. Kapsabet Municipality 91,030 Nandi [4]
33. Mariakani Town Council 89,321 Kilifi [4]
34. Kiambu Municipality 88,869 Kiambu [4]
35. Mandera Town Council 87,692 Mandera [4]
36. Nyamira Town Council 84,239 Nyamira [4]
37. Mwingi Town Council 83,803 Kitui [4]
38. Kisii Municipality 83,460 Kisii [4]
39. Wajir Other Centre 82,800 Wajir [4]
40. Rongo Town Council 82,066 Migori [4]
41. Bungoma Municipality 81,151 Bungoma [4]
42. Ahero Town Council 76,828 Kisumu [4]
43. Nandi Hills Town Council 73,626 Trans-Nzoia [4]
44. Makuyu Town Council 71,913 Murang’a [4]
45. Kapenguria Town Council 71,477 West Pokot [4]
46. Taveta Town Council 67,505 Taita-Taveta
47. Narok Town Council 67,505 Narok [4]
48. Ol Kalou Town Council 66,015 Nyandarua [4]
49. Kakuma Other Centre 65,814 Turkana [4]
50. Webuye Municipality 65,280 Bungoma [4]
51. Malaba Town Council 63,324 Busia [4]
52. Mbita Point Town Council 62,974 Homa Bay [4]
53. Ukunda Other Centre 62,529 Kwale [4]
54. Wundanyi Other Centre 62,404 Taita-Taveta [4]
55. Busia Municipality 61,715 Busia [4]
56. Runyenjes Municipality 61,604 Embu [4]
57. Migori Municipality 61,049 Migori [4]
58. Malava Town Council 60,831 Kakamega [4]
59. Suneka Town Council 60,730 Kisii [4]
60. Embu Municipality 60,673 Embu [4]
61. Ogembo Town Council 60,289 Kisii [4]
62. Homa Bay Municipality 59,844 Homa Bay [4]
63. Lodwar Municipality 58,218 Turkana [4]
64. Kitengela Other Centre 58,167 Kajiado [4]
65. Ukwala Town Council 57,081 Siaya [4]
66. Keroka Town Council 54,655 Kisii [4]
67. Meru Municipality 53,627 Meru [4]
68. Matuu Town Council 53,144 Machakos [4]
69. Oyugis Town Council 52,354 Kisumu [4]
70. Nyahururu Municipality 51,434 Laikipia [4]
71. Kipkelion Town Council 49,939 Kericho [4]
72. Luanda Town Council 49,346 Vihiga [4]
73. Nanyuki Municipality 49,233 Laikipia [4]
74. Maua Municipality 49,012 Meru [4]
75. Mtwapa Other Centre 48,625 Kilifi [4]
76. Isiolo Other Centre 46,128 Isiolo [4]
77. Eldama Ravine Town Council 45,799 Baringo [4]
78. Voi Municipality 45,483 Taita-Taveta [4]
79. Siaya Municipality 45,353 Siaya [4]
80. Nyansiongo Town Council 45,313 Nyamira [4]
81. Londiani Town Council 44,953 Kericho [4]
82. Iten/Tambach Town Council 44,448 Elgeyo-Marakwet [4]
83. Chuka Municipality 43,470 Tharaka-Nithi [4]
84. Malakisi Town Council 41,784 Bungoma [4]
85. Juja Other Centre 40,446 Kiambu [4]
86. Ongata Rongai Other Centre 40,178 Kajiado [4]
87. Bondo Town Council 39,224 Siaya [4]
88. Moyale Other Centre 37,387 Marsabit [4]
89. Maralal Town Council 35,472 Samburu [4]
90. Gilgil Other Centre 35,293 Nakuru [4]
91. Nambale Town Council 34,735 Busia [4]
92. Tabaka Town Council 34,724 Kisii [4]
93. Muhoroni Town Council 34,457 Kisumu [4]
94. Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality 34,014 Kirinyaga [4]
95. Ugunja Town Council 33,878 Siaya [4]
96. Yala Town Council 33,646 Siaya [4]
97. Rumuruti Town Council 32,993 Laikipia [4]
98. Burnt Forest Town Council 32,649 Uasin Gishu [4]
99. Maragua Town Council 32,315 Murang’a [4]
100. Kendu Bay Town Council 31,699 Homa Bay [4]
City Status Population County Ref

Distribution[edit]

County Number of Cities/ Towns
(Top 100)
Kiambu 7
Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya 5
Bungoma, Kericho, Kilifi, Machakos, Nakuru 4
Busia, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Kakamega, Laikipia, Migori, Taita-Taveta 3
Embu, Kitui, Meru, Murang'a, Nyamira, Turkana, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga 2
Baringo, Bomet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Garissa, Isiolo, Kirinyaga, Kwale, Mandera, Marsabit, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nandi, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Samburu, Tharaka-Nithi, Wajir, West Pokot. 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scribd.com/doc/36672705/Kenya-Census-2009
  2. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html
  3. ^ Business Daily. Investors fault Mombasa’s new master plan Retrieved on 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs [1] 2009 Census Vol 1 Table 3 Rural and Urban Population Retrieved on 22 January 2014.