Provinces of Kenya

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Provinces of Kenya
1. Central
2. Coast
3. Eastern
4. Nairobi
5. North Eastern
6. Nyanza
7. Rift Valley
8. Western
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Prior to the previous constitution in place until 2013, Kenya was divided into eight provinces (see map). The provinces were subdivided into 46 districts (excluding Nairobi) which were further subdivided into 262 divisions. The divisions were subdivided into 2,427 locations and then 6,612 sublocations.[1] A province was administered by a Provincial Commissioner (PC).

Kenyan local authorities mostly do not follow common boundaries with divisions. They are classified as City, Municipality, Town or County councils.

A third discrete type of classification are constituencies. They are electoral area without administrative functions, and are further subdivided into wards.

Former Provinces[edit]

  1. Central
  2. Coast
  3. Eastern
  4. Nairobi
  5. North Eastern
  6. Nyanza
  7. Rift Valley
  8. Western

Counties[edit]

Code County Former Province Area (km2) Population
Census 2009
Capital
1 Mombasa Coast 212.5 939,370 Mombasa (City)
2 Kwale Coast 8,270.3 649,931 Kwale
3 Kilifi Coast 12,245.9 1,109,735 Kilifi
4 Tana River Coast 35,375.8 240,075 Hola
5 Lamu Coast 6,497.7 101,539 Lamu
6 Taita-Taveta Coast 17,083.9 284,657 Voi
Sub-Totals Coast 79,686.1 3,325,307
7 Garissa North Eastern 45,720.2 623,060 Garissa
8 Wajir North Eastern 55,840.6 661,941 Wajir
9 Mandera North Eastern 25,797.7 1,025,756 Mandera
Sub-Totals North Eastern 127,358.5 2,310,757
10 Marsabit Eastern 66,923.1 291,166 Marsabit
11 Isiolo Eastern 25,336.1 143,294 Isiolo
12 Meru Eastern 5,127.1 1,356,301 Meru
13 Tharaka-Nithi Eastern 2,409.5 365,330 Chuka
14 Embu Eastern 2,555.9 516,212 Embu
15 Kitui Eastern 24,385.1 1,012,709 Kitui
16 Machakos Eastern 5,952.9 1,098,584 Machakos
17 Makueni Eastern 8,008.9 884,527 Wote
Sub-Totals Eastern 140,698.6 5,668,123
18 Nyandarua Central 3,107.7 596,268 Ol Kalou
19 Nyeri Central 2,361.0 693,558 Nyeri
20 Kirinyaga Central 1,205.4 528,054 Kerugoya / Kutus
21 Murang'a Central 2,325.8 942,581 Murang'a
22 Kiambu Central 2,449.2 1,623,282 Kiambu
Sub-Totals Central 11,449.1 4,383,743
23 Turkana Rift Valley 71,597.8 855,399 Lodwar
24 West Pokot Rift Valley 8,418.2 512,690 Kapenguria
25 Samburu Rift Valley 20,182.5 223,947 Maralal
26 Trans Nzoia Rift Valley 2,469.9 818,757 Kitale
27 Uasin Gishu Rift Valley 2,955.3 894,179 Eldoret
28 Elgeyo-Marakwet Rift Valley 3,049.7 369,998 Iten
29 Nandi Rift Valley 2,884.5 752,965 Kapsabet
30 Baringo Rift Valley 11,075.3 555,561 Kabarnet
31 Laikipia Rift Valley 8,696.1 399,227 Rumuruti
32 Nakuru Rift Valley 7,509.5 1,603,325 Nakuru
33 Narok Rift Valley 17,921.2 850,920 Narok
34 Kajiado Rift Valley 21,292.7 687,312 Kajiado
35 Kericho Rift Valley 2,454.5 752,396 Kericho
36 Bomet Rift Valley 1,997.9 730,129 Bomet
Sub-Totals Rift Valley 182,505.1 10,006,805
37 Kakamega Western 3,033.8 1,660,651 Kakamega
38 Vihiga Western 531.3 554,622 Vihiga
39 Bungoma Western 2,206.9 1,375,063 Bungoma
40 Busia Western 1,628.4 743,946 Busia
Sub-Totals Western 7,400.4 4,334,202
41 Siaya Nyanza 2,496.1 842,304 Siaya
42 Kisumu Nyanza 2,009.5 968,909 Kisumu
43 Homa Bay Nyanza 3,154.7 963,794 Homa Bay
44 Migori Nyanza 2,586.4 917,170 Migori
45 Kisii Nyanza 1,317.9 1,152,282 Kisii
46 Nyamira Nyanza 912.5 598,252 Nyamira
Sub-Totals Nyanza 12,477.1 5,442,711
47 Nairobi Nairobi 694.9 3,138,369 Nairobi (City)
Totals 581,309.0 38,610,097 Nairobi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Central Bureau of Statistics (Kenya): Census cartography: The Kenyan Experience