Demographics

 

At independence in 1963, Kenya's population stood at 8,633,700. The following tables give additional data on the relative populations and area of each of the 40 Districts and Nairobi, in addition to the District capital.

 

Table 2.1: Districts Demographics in Central Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Nyandarua

100,700

3,543

Nyandarua

Kirinyaga

158,600

1,437

Kerugoya

Nyeri

274,500

3,284

Thomson's Falls

Murang'a

369,800

2,476

Fort Hall

Kiambu

431,300

2,448

Kiambu

 

 

Table 2.2: Districts Demographics in Coast Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Lamu

23,000

6,506

Lamu

Tana River

42,700

38,695

Galole

Taita

90,200

16,959

Wundanyi

Kwale

157,800

8,257

Kwale

Mombasa

179,600

210

Mombasa

Kilifi

247,800

12,414

Kilifi

 

 

Table 2.3: Districts Demographics in Eastern Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq. km.)
Capital

Marsabit

37,500

72,732

Marsabit

Isiolo

54,600

25,605

Isiolo

Embu

134,700

2,714

Embu

Kitui

284,700

29,389

Kitui

Meru

473,800

9,922

Meru

Machakos

571,600

14,178

Machakos

 

 

Table 2.4: Districts Demographics of Nairobi Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Nairobi

343,500

684

Nairobi

 

 

Table 2.5: Districts Demographics in North-Eastern Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Mandera

75,500

26,470

Mandera

Garissa

80,600

43,931

Garissa

Wajir

112,800

56,501

Wajir

 

 

Table 2.6: Districts Demographics in Nyanza Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

South Nyanza

481,600

5,714

 Homa-Bay*

Kisii

526,100

2,196

Kisii

Central Nyanza

626,400

4,615

 Kisumu*

 

 

Table 2.7: Districts Demographics in Rift-Valley Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Samburu

56,600

20,808

Maralal

West Pokot

59,000

5,076

Kapenguria

Laikipia

61,300

9,702

Nanyuki

Kajiado

68,400

20,963

Kajiado

Trans Nzoia

86,100

2,468

Kitale

Uasin Gishu

92,000

3,784

Eldoret

Narok

110,100

18,513

Narok

Baringo

150,400

10,627

Kabarnet

Turkana

159,300

60,824

Lodwar

Elgeyo/Marakwet

161,000

2,722

Tambach

Nandi

167,200

2,745

Kapsabet

Nakuru

227,900

7,024

Nakuru

Kericho

340,500

4,890

Kericho

 

 

Table 2.8: Districts Demographics in Western Region in 1963

 

District
Population
Area (sq.km.)
Capital

Busia

172,400

1,629

Busia

Bungoma

241,900

3,074

Bungoma

Kakamega

600,200

3,520

Kakamega

 

 

 

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