Kenya - Population Distribution


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Kenya has 42 African tribes as per the Census listing. The word "other" with various groups indicates that they are non-citizens of Kenya.

Ethnic group distribution

Total population: about 30 million
Group Population % of Total
Kikuyu 4,455,865 20.78
Luhya 3,083,273 14.38
Luo 2,653,932 12.38
Kalenjin 2,458,123 11.46
Kamba 2,448,302 11.42
Kisii 1,318,409 6.15
Meru 1,087,778 5.07
Mijikenda 1,007,371 4.70
Maasai 377,089 1.76
Turkana 283,750 1.32
Embu 256,623 1.20
Taita 203,389 0.95
Teso 178,455 0.83
Ogaden 139,597 0.65
Kuria 112,236 0.52
Basuba 107,819 0.50
Samburu 106,897 0.50
Mbere 101,007 0.47
Degodia 100,400 0.47
Tharaka 92,528 0.46
Boran 60,160 0.37
Gurreh 80,004 0.37
Pokomo 58,645 0.27
Bajun 55,187 0.26
Kenyan Asian 52,968 0.25
Orma 45,562 0.21
Somali 45,098 0.21
Gabra 35,726 0.17
Kenyan Arab 33,714 0.16
Indians 29,091 0.14
Other Kenyans 28,722 0.13
Ugandans 27,267 0.13
Hawiyah 27,244 0.13
Ajuran 26,916 0.13
Redile 26,536 0.12
Dorobo 24,363 0.11
Tanzanian 19,325 0.09
Not Recorded 16,716 0.08
Njemps 15,872 0.07
Other Europeans 15,768 0.07
British 15,608 0.07
Other African 14,471 0.07
Taveta 14,358 0.07
Swahili 13,920 0.06
Boni-Sanye 10,891 0.05
Sakuye 10,678 0.05
Other Arabs 7,881 0.04
Others 6,308 0.03
Bulji 5,975 0.03
Other Asians 5,264 0.02
El Molo 3,600 0.02
Kenyan Europeans 3,184 0.01
Tribe Unknown 2,411 0.01
Gosha 2,081 0.01
Pakistanis 1,862 0.01
Dasnachi-Shangil 418 0.00
Source: 1989 Census, as reported in the Kenya Factbook, 15th Edition, 1997-1998. Kul Bhushan, Newspread International

Note: The information provided here is not intended to support any particular political stance. Various people have gotten all bent out of shape because their particular ethnic group was misrepresented, or skipped entirely. This information is the best that I have at the moment. If you have better information, please contact me for my mailing address, and I would be glad to update this page with whatever you send me, which appears to be reasonably well researched.