List of cities and towns in Kenya by population


The following is a list of the most populous cities, municipalities and towns of Kenya. In Kenya there are only three incorporated cities including the capital and largest city, Nairobi, the second largest and the coastal city of Mombasa, and the third largest and inland port city of Kisumu. Two of the three 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. Apart from these three cities, there are numerous municipalities and towns with significant urban populations.

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The list:

Metro Area
Capital City of Kenya
County Capital
City/ Town Status Population County Ref
Nairobi MetroMetro6,547,547Nairobi Kajiado
Machakos Kiambu
[1]
1. NairobiCity4,394,073 Nairobi[2]
2. MombasaCity1,208,333 Mombasa[3]
3.KisumuCity721,082Kisumu[4]
4.NakuruMunicipality570,674Nakuru[4]
5.RuiruMunicipality490,120Kiambu[4]
6.EldoretMunicipality475,716Uasin Gishu[4]
7.KikuyuMunicipality323,881Kiambu[4]
8.ThikaMunicipality 251,407Kiambu/Murang'a[4]
9.MeruMunicipality 240,900Meru[4]
10.Kangundo-TalaTown Council218,557Machakos[4]
11.MalindiMunicipality207,253Kilifi[4]
12.NaivashaMunicipality181,966Nakuru[4]
13.KituiMunicipality155,896Kitui[4]
14.MachakosMunicipality150,041Machakos[4]
15.MlolongoMunicipality139,853Machakos[4]
16.Athi River (Mavoko)Municipality139,380Machakos[4]
17.KaruriTown Council129,934Kiambu[4]
18.NyeriMunicipality125,357Nyeri[4]
19.KilifiTown Council122,899Kilifi[4]
20.GarissaTown Council119,696Garissa[4]
21.VihigaMunicipality118,696Vihiga[4]
22.WoteMunicipality116,696Makueni[4]
23.MumiasMunicipality116,358Kakamega[4]
24.BometMunicipality110,963Bomet[4]
25.MoloTown Council107,806Nakuru[4]
26.NgongOther Centre107,188Kajiado[4]
27.KitaleMunicipality106,187Trans-Nzoia[4]
28.LiteinTown Council104,600Kericho[4]
29.LimuruMunicipality104,282Kiambu[4]
30.KerichoMunicipality104,282Kericho[4]
31.KimililiMunicipality94,927Bungoma[4]
32.AwasiOther Centre93,369Kisumu[4]
33.KakamegaMunicipality91,768Kakamega[4]
34.KapsabetMunicipality91,030Nandi[4]
35.MariakaniTown Council89,321Kilifi[4]
36.KiambuMunicipality88,869Kiambu[4]
37.ManderaTown Council87,692Mandera[4]
38.NyamiraTown Council84,239Nyamira[4]
39.MwingiTown Council83,803Kitui[4]
40.KisiiMunicipality183,000Kisii[4]
41.WajirOther Centre82,800Wajir[4]
42.RongoTown Council82,066Migori[4]
43.BungomaMunicipality81,151Bungoma[4]
44.AheroTown Council76,828Kisumu[4]
45.Nandi HillsTown Council73,626Nandi[4]
46.MakuyuTown Council71,913Murang’a[4]
47.KapenguriaTown Council71,477West Pokot[4]
48.TavetaTown Council67,505Taita-Taveta
49.NarokTown Council67,505Narok[4]
50.Ol KalouTown Council66,015Nyandarua[4]
51.KakumaOther Centre65,814Turkana[4]
52.WebuyeMunicipality65,280Bungoma[4]
53.MalabaTown Council63,324Busia[4]
54.Mbita PointTown Council62,974Homa Bay[4]
55.UkundaOther Centre62,529Kwale[4]
56.WundanyiOther Centre62,404Taita-Taveta[4]
57.BusiaMunicipality61,715Busia[4]
58.RunyenjesMunicipality61,604Embu[4]
59.MigoriMunicipality100,000Migori[4]
60.MalavaTown Council60,831Kakamega[4]
61.SunekaTown Council60,730Kisii[4]
62.EmbuMunicipality60,673Embu[4]
63.OgemboTown Council60,289Kisii[4]
64.Homa BayMunicipality59,844Homa Bay[4]
65.LodwarMunicipality58,218Turkana[4]
66.KitengelaOther Centre58,167Kajiado[4]
67.UkwalaTown Council57,081Siaya[4]
68.KerokaTown Council54,655Nyamira[4]
69.MatuuTown Council53,144Machakos[4]
70.OyugisTown Council52,354Kisumu[4]
71.NyahururuMunicipality51,434Laikipia[4]
72.KipkelionTown Council49,939Kericho[4]
73.LuandaTown Council49,346Vihiga[4]
74.NanyukiMunicipality49,233Laikipia[4]
75.MauaMunicipality49,012Meru[4]
76.MtwapaOther Centre48,625Kilifi[4]
77.IsioloOther Centre46,128Isiolo[4]
78.Eldama RavineTown Council45,799Baringo[4]
79.VoiMunicipality45,483Taita-Taveta[4]
80.SiayaMunicipality45,353Siaya[4]
81.NyansiongoTown Council45,313Nyamira[4]
82.LondianiTown Council44,953Kericho[4]
83.Iten/TambachTown Council44,448Elgeyo-Marakwet[4]
84.ChukaMunicipality43,470Tharaka-Nithi[4]
85.MalakisiTown Council41,784Bungoma[4]
86.JujaOther Centre40,446Kiambu[4]
87.Ongata RongaiOther Centre40,178Kajiado[4]
88.BondoTown Council39,224Siaya[4]
89.MoyaleOther Centre37,387Marsabit[4]
90.MaralalTown Council35,472Samburu[4]
91.GilgilOther Centre35,293Nakuru[4]
92.NambaleTown Council34,735Busia[4]
93.TabakaTown Council34,724Kisii[4]
94.MuhoroniTown Council34,457Kisumu[4]
95.Kerugoya/KutusMunicipality34,014Kirinyaga[4]
96.UgunjaTown Council33,878Siaya[4]
97.YalaTown Council33,646Siaya[4]
98.RumurutiTown Council32,993Laikipia[4]
99.Burnt ForestTown Council32,649Uasin Gishu[4]
100.MaraguaTown Council32,315Murang’a[4]
101.Kendu BayTown Council31,699Homa Bay[4]
102.RuaiTown Council32,315Nairobi[4]
103.KamuluTown Council26,448Nairobi[4]
City Status Population County Ref

Distribution


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


  1. https://www.scribd.com/doc/36672705/Kenya-Census-2009
  2. The World Factbook
  3. Business Daily. Investors fault Mombasa’s new master plan Retrieved on 19 January 2014.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 2009 Census Vol 1 Table 3 Rural and Urban Population Retrieved on 22 January 2014.