Kwale County

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Kwale County
County location in Kenya
County location in Kenya
Coordinates: 4°10′S 39°27′E / 4.167°S 39.450°E / -4.167; 39.450Coordinates: 4°10′S 39°27′E / 4.167°S 39.450°E / -4.167; 39.450
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
Largest townUkunda
 • GovernorSalim Mvurya
 • Total8,270.3 km2 (3,193.2 sq mi)
 (2019 census)
 • Total866,820
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Kwale County is a county in the former Coast Province of Kenya. Its capital is Kwale, although Ukunda is the largest town.

Kwale county has an estimated population of 649,931.[1]

Kwale is mainly an inland county, but it has coastline south of Mombasa. Diani Beach is part of the Msambweni division. Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary are other attractions in the county.

Distribution and Demographics[edit]

Main ethnic communities in the county include the Digo and Duruma clans of the larger Mijikenda tribe and also a significant presence of the Kamba tribe.

The Digos are the majority in Msambweni, Lunga Lunga and Matuga while the Durumas are the dominant in Kinango. Most Kambas are found in Kinango and Lunga Lunga with a significant population in Msambweni.

The county has four constituencies:

Historical population
1979 288,363—    
1989 383,053+32.8%
1999 496,133+29.5%
2009 649,931+31.0%
2019 866,820+33.4%
Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kwale Town 28,470 4,196
Kwale County County 467,663 62,095
Total - 496,133 66,291
* 1999 census. Source:[3]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Kinango 72,027 1,626 Kinango
Kubo, Kwale County 48,769 0
Matuga 73,377 3,996 Kwale
Msambweni 211,814 55,964 Msambweni
Samburu 91,011 0 Samburu
Shimba Hills 135 0
Total 496,133 61,586 -
* 1999 census. Sources:[4][5]

Samburu should not be confused with Samburu County.

Towns and settlements[edit]



  1. ^ "Kenya Census 2009 - Census - Kenya". Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via Scribd.
  2. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
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  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)