With a total of 47 counties, Kenya is one country whose productivity and value is spread differently across the nation. Many factors influence such differences. However, some counties which top the list include counties with political stability, stable weather conditions and minimum levels of corruption. Below is a list of top 10 richest counties in Kenya:
1. Nairobi County
Nairobi county is the smallest among counties yet most populated in Kenya. Covering an area of 696 km², this county has a GDP of approximately $1,492,323. The county in itself brings in about 21% of the country’s output, thus making it the leading among richest counties in Kenya. In 2018, the county became the 6th wealthiest city in Africa.
2. Nakuru County
Nakuru county has a GDP of about $517,462 and GCP of 6.17. The county is the 4th most populous county in Kenya and the 3rd largest urban area in Kenya.
3. Kiambu County
With a GDP of $421,918 and a GCP of 5.5, Kiambu county is the third most populous county in Kenya. 40% of it is rural whereas 60% of it is urban. Kiambu county has twelve sub counties.
4. Mombasa County
Mombasa county has a GDP of $332,122 and a GCP of 4.7. Its current population is 1.2 Million spread across six sub counties. Mombasa is the only city in Mombasa county.
5. Nyandarua County
This county has a GDP of $245,203 and a GCP of 2.6. It has a population of 650,000 people spread across 5 sub counties. Its capital and largest town is Old Kalou.
6. Machakos County
Machakos county the sixth among richest counties in Kenya. The county is a home to the country’s first Administrative Headquarters. It has a GDP of $232,860 and a GCP of 3.2. The county’s population of 1.43 Million people is spread across 8 sub counties.
7. Meru County
Meru is one of the most fertile areas in Kenya. The county has a GDP of $229,646 with a GCP of 2.9. Its population of 1.6 Million is spread across nine sub counties.
8. Kisumu County
This county has a GDP of $194,489 with a GCP of 2.9. The county’s population of 1.2 Million is widely spread across the 7 sub counties.
9. Bungoma County
Bungoma town is the headquarters of Bungoma county, which has a GDP of $183,509 and a GCP of 2.1. The county has a population of 1.7 Million that is spread across the nine sub-counties.
10. Kakamega County
Kakamega county closes our list by taking the tenth position among the richest counties in Kenya 2020/2021. The county comprises of twelve sub counties. It has a population of 1.9 Million people. Kakamega is the second most populous county in Kenya. It has a GDP of $182,563 and a GCP of 2.4.