Top 10 Richest Counties in Kenya as of 2024

Here is a list of the Top 10 Richest Counties in Kenya. All of these counties have abundant and valuable natural resources, a skilled workforce and a high Gross Domestic Output (GDP)

Top 10 Richest Counties in Kenya as of 2024

Without further ado, here are the Richest Counties in Kenya.

1. Nairobi County

Nairobi is by far the Richest County in Kenya. It covers an area of 694.9 Km2 and has a population of more than 5 million people. Its annual growth rate is 4.1%.

The capital city for Nairobi County is Nairobi City.

According to the latest Gross County Product Report, Nairobi county leads in GDP contribution. It contributes more than 29 counties combined.

According to the Exchange, Nairobi is also the Richest County in Kenya because it contributes about 28% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. Last year, this county contributed about KES 2.6 trillion to the National Economy.

The main economic activity in Nairobi is business. Other main economic activities include forestry, agriculture, manufacturing and touris,.

Despite being one of the Smallest Counties in Kenya, Nairobi County is Kenya’s economic hub.

2. Kiambu County

Kiambu is the 2nd Richest County in Kenya. It covers an area of 2,449.2 Km2 and its headquarters are in Kiambu Town.

Kiambu is among the Richest Counties in Kenya because it contributes an average GDP of 5.7% to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. Its close proximity to Nairobi has seen its land value skyrocket over the past years.

Some of the major towns in Kiambu County include Kiambu Town, Thika, Juja, Ruiru, Rungiri, and Limuru.

The main economic activities in Kiambu County include wholesale and retail business, crop farming, forestry and casual employment

3. Mombasa County

Despite being the smallest county in Kenya and covering an area of 212.5 Km2, Mombasa is among the Wealthiest Counties in Kenya. Currently, Mombasa County has a population of more than 1.3 Million people.

Mombasa County is among the Richest County in Kenya because It contributes an average GCP of 4.9% to Kenya’s GDP

The main economic activity in Mombasa County is tourism. The white sandy beaches, marine national parks, water sports and the Fort Jesus make this County the leading tourist destination.

4. Nakuru County

Nakuru County is the fourth richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of about 7,509.5 Km2 and has a population of more than 2.1 million people.

The headquarters for Nakuru County is Nakuru City.

Nakuru County is among the Richest Counties in Kenya because it contributes an average GDP of 4.9% to the National Cake. The county’s wealth has more than doubled since 2013 to KES 480 Billion from KES 221 Billion

Nakuru and Mombasa Counties contribute almost the same GDP but due to alphabetical numbering, we have placed Mombasa ahead of Nakuru.

At the moment, Nakuru County is among the leading counties in agricultural production. The main crops produced include maize, wheat, beans, and Irish potato.

Nakuru County is also Kenya Kenya’s Floricultural center. The county is home to more than 73 flower farms. Most of these farms are located in Naivasha and Njoro.

Asides from farming, other main economic activities in Nakuru County include geothermal power generation and tourism. The county is home to Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, Mount Longonot, Hell’s Gate, Menengai Crater and Hyrax Hill Museum.

5. Meru County

Meru County is the fifth richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of 7,003.1 Km2 and has a population of more than 1.6 Million Kenyans.

Meru County’s headquarters are in Meru Town.

Meru County is among the Richest Counties in Kenya because it contributes an average Gross County Product of more than 345 billion to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product.

The main economic activity in Meru County is Agriculture. The main cash crop is Miraa and Muguka. Maua Town is the epicentre of these cash crops. Other cash crops grown in Meru County include bananas, high grade tea, coffee and french beans.

6. Machakos County

Machakos County is one of the best counties to go for hiking and camping in Kenya. It also offers unmatching scenery and it is home to one of the most beautiful hills in Kenya, Chyulu Hills.

At the moment, Machakos County is the sixth richest county in Kenya. It cover an area of 5952.9 Km2 and is home to more than 1.4 million people and its annual growth rate is 2.47%. The headquarters for Machakos County is Machakos Town.

When it comes to riches, Machakos County is among the affluent counties in Kenya. The main economic activities carried out by the people of Machakos include trading and livestock keeping.

Other popular economic activities include fruit farming (mangoes and oranges), sand harvesting and mining.

7. Kisumu County

Kisumu County is the 7th richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of 2,009.5 Km2 and has a population of more than 1.2 million people.

The capital city of Kisumu County is Kisumu City.

Currently, Kisumu County is among the richest counties in Kenya because it produces tonnes and tonnes of fish such as Nile Perch and Tilapia.

Kisumu County is also home to the biggest fish farm projects in Kenya such as Lake Basin Development Authority and Kisumu Fish Farm.

Other main economic activities in Kisumu County are agriculture, trading, business and offeiring services.

8. Nyandarua County

Nyandarua County is the 8th richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of 3,107.7 Km2 and has a population or more than 700,000 people.

The headquarters of Nyandarua County are in Ol Kalou.

According to the Daily Nation, Nyandarua County developed wealth at a faster rate than any other county between 2013 and 2020.

The main activities in Nyandarua County include farming, agroforestry, trade and tourism. The main cash crops grown in this county include potatoes, cabbages, garden peas and carrots.

9. Kakamega County

Kakamega County is the 9th richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of 3,033.8 Km2 and has a population of more than 1.8 million people.

The capital of Kakamega County is Kakamega Town.

The main economic activity in Kakamega County is cash crop farming. Most of the locals engage in sugarcane farming. Other major economic activities include livestock keeping and business.

10. Uasin Gishu County

Uasin Gishu County is the 10th richest county in Kenya. It covers an area of 3,033.8 Km2 and has a population of more than 1.2 million people.

The capital city of Uasin Gishu County is Eldoret City.

Uasin Gishu is among the Richest Counties in Kenya because it is a manufacturing hub. The county is home to numerous industries and factories which provide thousands of employment opportunities to the locals.

Uasin Gishu is also among the Richest Counties in Kenya because most of the locals practice large scale grain and dairy farming. At the moment, Uasin Gishu County is the second largest county when it comes to maize production. Every year, the county produces over 3,604,067 million bags of maize.

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