Kenya Census (2019) By County and Select Key Socio-Economic Metrics

Fiscal decentralisation, which involves the transfer of financial resources from the central government to the autonomous counties, is critical for the success of devolution of government and services.

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census (2019 KPHC) was themed as “Counting Our People for Sustainable Development and Devolution of Services”, and was in response to the demand for statistical information for implementation of the national development agenda such as the Big Four, the Vision 2030 blueprint and other global initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kenya Census 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the results issued by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director-General are as follows: –

  1. The total enumerated national population was 47,564,296;
  2. Females were 24,014,716;
  3. Males were 23,548,056;
  4. Intersex were 1,524;
  5. Females accounted for 50.5% of the total population;
  6. The population has grown to 47.6 million in 2019, from 37.7 million in 2009;
  7. The intercensal growth rate has declined to 2.2% in 2019, from 2.9% in 2009;
  8. Average Household Size has declined to 3.9 in 2019, from 4.2 in 2009.

LitKenya Interactive, using the KPHC 2019 data, select data sets from the Kenya Integrated Households and Budget Survey (KIHBS 2015/16) and revenue allocation data from a special issue of the Kenya Gazette, Supplement No. 58 (Senate Bills No. 8) dated April 26th 2019, offers a glimpse into how the census numbers stack up against equitable county revenue allocation, and by extension, the hard data illuminates the implementation of the development agenda.

Using The Data – Slicing and Dicing

From the merged and wrangled data, LitKenya Interactive uses a web app to visualise the quantitative information taking county population as a value dimension and select key socio-economic metrics, as key dimensions.

To interact with the Lit App, point or hover over a county on the map to display a quick summary of the county population and revenue share information

Kenya Census 2019
Hovering over county for summary

To view details of the Kenya Integrated Households and Budget Survey, right click on a County, select “Drillthrough”, and click on “Kenya Integrated Households and Budget Survey” .

Drill through for county details

Kenya Census 2019 – The Lit Interactive App

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