Machakos County

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Not to be confused with Machakos.
Machakos County
County
Road in Machakos County showing the landscape
Road in Machakos County showing the landscape
Nickname(s): Macha
Motto: "the Place to be"
Machakos location map.png
Coordinates: 01°14′S 37°23′E / 1.233°S 37.383°E / -1.233; 37.383
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4th 2013
Capital Machakos
Government
 • Governor Alfred Mutua
 • Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala
 • Senator Johnstone Muthama
 • Women Representative Dr. Susan M. Musyoka
Area
 • Total 5,952.9 km2 (2,298.4 sq mi)
Elevation 1,138 m (3,734 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,098,584 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website machakosgovernment.com

Machakos County is a county of Kenya. Its capital is Machakos. Its largest town is Kangundo - Tala. The county has a population of 1,098,584.[1] The county borders Nairobi and Kiambu counties to the West, Embu to the North, Kitui to the East, Makueni to the South, Kajiado to the South West, and Muranga and Kirinyaga to the North West.

Demographics[edit]

Local people are mostly of the Akamba ethnicity.[2]

Climate[edit]

The local climate is semi arid with hilly terrain with an altitude of 1000 to 1600 metres above sea level.. Tourist related activities such as camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism and cultural tourism, dance and music festivals among many more are more excitingly done due to the hilly terrain. The hospitality industry in the region is decent.[2]

Economy[edit]

Subsistence agriculture is mostly practiced with maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown due to the areas semi-arid state. However, the County also plays host to the open air market concept with major market days where large amounts of produce are traded. Fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs like maize and beans are sold in these markets.[2]

Future[edit]

The county is banking on projects such as the Konza Technology City, a new Machakos City and its proximity to Nairobi County to boost output in the economy.

Services[edit]

Stats for Machakos County
County
Stats for the County (Percent)
Literacy
88
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
75.9
Paved Roads
6.9
Good Roads
26.9
Electricity Access
17

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

Subdivisions[edit]

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Machakos Municipality 144,109 28,891
Mavoko (Athi River) Municipality 48,260 22,167
Kangundo Town 187,389 9,122
Matuu Town 44,922 5,321
Masaku County 481,964 9,088
* 1999 census. Source:[3]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Kalama 41,000 0
Kangundo 91,238 3,786 Kangundo
Kathiani 95,096 2,929 Mitaboni
Machakos Central 143274 26,438 Machakos
Masinga 74,478 654 Masinga
Matungulu 99,731 4,734 Tala
Mavoko 48,936 19,177 Athi River
Mwala 89,211 2,708
Ndithini 32,358 0
Yathui 65,567 481 Wamunyu
Yatta 125,755 4913 Matuu
* 1999 census. Sources:,,[4][5]

The county has seven constituencies:

Nairobi Metro[edit]

Machakos County (yellow) within Nairobi Metro (green)

Machakos County is within Greater Nairobi which consists of 4 out of 47 counties in Kenya but the area generates about 60% of the nations wealth.[6][7] The counties are:

Area County Area (km2) Population
Census 2009
Cities/Towns/Municipalities in the Counties
Core Nairobi Nairobi County 694.9 3,138,369 Nairobi
Northern Metro Kiambu County 2,449.2 1,623,282 Kiambu, Thika, Limuru, Ruiru, Karuri, Kikuyu
Southern Metro Kajiado County 21,292.7 687,312 Kajiado, Olkejuado, Bissil, Ngong, Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai
Eastern Metro Machakos County 5,952.9 1,098,584 Kangundo-Tala, Machakos, Athi River
Totals Nairobi Metro 30,389.7 6,547,547

Source: NairobiMetro/ Kenya Census

Stats[edit]

Nairobi Metro[edit]

Urbanisation[edit]

Urbanisation in Nairobi Metro
County
Urbanisation in Nairobi Metro (Percent)
Nairobi County
100
Kiambu County
60.8
Machakos County
52
Kajiado County
41.4
 Kenya Average
32.3

Urbanisation by County within Nairobi Metro

Source: OpenDataKenya

Wealth/Poverty Level[edit]

Wealth/Poverty Level in Nairobi Metro
County
Poverty Level in Nairobi Metro (Percent)
Kajiado County
11.6
Kiambu County
21.8
Nairobi County
22
Machakos County
59.6
 Kenya Average
45.9

Poverty level by County

Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank

South Eastern Kenya Region[edit]

Urbanisation[edit]

Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya
County
Urbanisation in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
52
Kitui County
13.8
Makueni County
11.8
 Kenya Average
32.3

Urbanisation by County in South Eastern Kenya

Source: OpenDataKenya

Wealth/Poverty Level[edit]

Wealth/Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya
County
Poverty Level in South Eastern Kenya (Percent)
Machakos County
59.6
Kitui County
63.1
Makueni County
64.1
 Kenya Average
45.9

Poverty level by County

Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kenya Census 2009". Scribd.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official Website". Machakos Government. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ [4][dead link]
  7. ^ [5][dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°30′S 37°15′E / 1.500°S 37.250°E / -1.500; 37.250