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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Kenya population 2017

During 2017 Kenya population is projected to increased by 1 269 299 people and reach 49 167 382 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 1 280 316. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 11 017 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Kenya to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Kenya population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Kenya will be increased by 3 478 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Kenya 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Kenya was estimated to be 47 898 083 people. This is an increase of 2.65 % (1 236 531 people) compared to population of 46 661 552 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1 247 263. Due to external migration, the population declined by 10 732. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.998 (998 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Kenya population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Kenya population density

Kenya population density is 82.5 people per square kilometer as of July 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Kenya divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Kenya. The total area of Kenya is 580 370 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Kenya age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Kenya had the following population age distribution:

42.2 55.1 2.7

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Kenya population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Kenya age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Kenya is 81.5 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Kenya must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 81.5 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Kenya is very high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Kenya is 76.6 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Kenya is 4.9 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Kenya age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Kenya is 59.5 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 58.9 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 60.1 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 21 590 096 persons or 77.99% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Kenya are able to read and write. Accordingly about 6 092 601 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 81.08% (11 226 032 persons). 2 618 909 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 74.9% (10 364 064 persons). 3 473 692 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 85.21% and 86.59% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 85.9%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Kenya population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Kenya historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Kenya population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19516 158 467N/A %
19526 326 2792.72 %
19536 502 7522.79 %
19546 687 7122.84 %
19556 881 1202.89 %
19567 083 0762.93 %
19577 293 8172.98 %
19587 513 7113.01 %
19597 743 2403.05 %
19607 982 9603.10 %
19618 233 4413.14 %
19628 495 2083.18 %
19638 768 6993.22 %
19649 054 2923.26 %
19659 352 4303.29 %
19669 663 6043.33 %
19679 988 4973.36 %
196810 328 3703.40 %
196910 684 9843.45 %
197011 060 0923.51 %
197111 454 9733.57 %
197211 870 3223.63 %
197312 306 4883.67 %
197412 763 6293.71 %
197513 241 8443.75 %
197613 741 1083.77 %
197714 261 5813.79 %
197814 804 3933.81 %
197915 371 5063.83 %
198015 964 6603.86 %
198116 584 5443.88 %
198217 230 4803.89 %
198317 900 5553.89 %
198418 591 9653.86 %
198519 301 6563.82 %
198620 027 2193.76 %
198720 767 0343.69 %
198821 519 6743.62 %
198922 283 6213.55 %
199023 057 2343.47 %
199123 840 1583.40 %
199224 631 9213.32 %
199325 427 2453.23 %
199426 216 4133.10 %
199526 990 5622.95 %
199627 744 5312.79 %
199728 479 1362.65 %
199829 203 4302.54 %
199929 932 9272.50 %
200030 683 5302.51 %
200131 464 5502.55 %
200232 277 6302.58 %
200333 121 5302.61 %
200433 994 2702.63 %
200534 893 2502.64 %
200635 817 5282.65 %
200736 768 2782.65 %
200837 747 4912.66 %
200938 757 2152.67 %
201039 799 1512.69 %
201140 874 1342.70 %
201241 981 4662.71 %
201343 117 9302.71 %
201444 278 2322.69 %
201545 456 9432.66 %
201646 661 5522.65 %
201747 898 0832.65 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.