Mombasa second most populous urban center in Kenya

A picture of one of the streets in Mombasa.PHOTO COURTESY

At least 1,208,333 people live in Mombasa, making it the second most populous urban centres in the country.

According to the 2019 Census, Nairobi is the most populous urban center with a population of 4,397,073. Nakuru comes in third with 590,674 with Ruiru and Eldoret coming in fourth and fifth with 490,120 and 475,716 respectively.

The data released by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), on Friday, shows that Timbwani area, in Likoni, Mombasa was among the densely populated sub-locations in the country with a population of 114,520. Kware sub-location in Nairobi is the most densely populated with 166,517 people living there.

The data shows that 35,700,787 people living in the country are below 35 years of age, which is 75 percent of the total population. Out of the 35.7 million, 18,541,982 are below the age of 14.

More than 11.6 million are aged between 10 and 19.

The youth population, those aged between 18 and 34 years, is 13,777,600, which is 29% of the total population.


In terms of population according to one’s ethnicity, Kikuyus are the most populous with 8,148,668 people followed by Luhyas with 6,823,842.

Kalenjin follow the Luhyas with 6,358,113 then Luos with a population of 5,066,966.

The fifth most populous ethnic communities are the Kambas with a population of 4,663,910 followed by Kenyan Somalis with 2,780,502 people. Kisiis come in seventh with 2,703,235.

The MijiKenda community is the eighth most populous community with a population of 2,488,691 people, Meru coming in ninth with 1,975,869 people. Closing the top ten most populous ethnic communities are the Maasais with a population of 1,189,522.

Least populous are the Dahalos with a population of 575 followed by Kenyan Americans with 596, Goshas with 685, El Molo with 1,104 and Konso with 1,299 people.