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Richest and Poorest Counties in Kenya 2019


The article ranks top ten richest counties in Kenya for the year 2019 as well as top 10 poorest counties based on County Domestic Product. Though slightly over 40% of Kenyans live below a dollar per day, there are counties which have a sizeable population that live even above 20 dollars per day, one county is Nairobi.

Nairobi is ranked as the riches county in Kenya. The county boast of over 8,000 millionaires.

Nearly all multinationals with subsidiaries in Kenya have settled in Nairobi, meaning that the beneficiaries are residents of the city.

The second riches county is Mombasa. The county’s income is boosted by the port and tourism. There are a total of 2,000 millionaires in Mombasa City.

Mombasa is the second biggest in Kenya after Nairobi. It’s here that over 90% of the tourist to Kenya visit for fun. The tourism activities coupled with the presence of KPA have significant effect on the total revenue of the county and the well-being of residents.

The other counties in the list of top 10 richest counties in Kenya are Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nakuru etc.

Below is the full list of richest counties in Kenya in 2019

  1. Nairobi
  2. Mombasa
  3. Kiambu
  4. Nyandarua
  5. Elgeyo Marakwet
  6. Machakos
  7. Lamu
  8. Nakuru
  9. Kisumu
  10. Nyeri

The list of poorest counties in Kenya is dominated by counties from North Eastern Region. The counties lag behind because of constant tribal wars and lack of water and natural resources. The poorest county is Mandera which has almost nothing to be proud of.

Here is the full list of poorest counties in Kenya in 2019

  1. Mandera
  2. West Pokot
  3. Turkana
  4. Samburu
  5. Busia
  6. Siaya
  7. Wajir
  8. Homa Bay
  9. Kilifi
  10. Kitui

Some of the counties expected to join the list of richest counties are Kajiado, Kisii, Eldoret,Nyamira ,Meru and Kericho.