According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Kenya’s counties are officially quantified at a level of 10,000
households. In terms of relative economic size, the most populous county, Nairobi, accounts for 37% of the country’s GDP. The
least populous county, Machakos, accounts for only 1.8% of the GDP. The counties are arranged in decreasing order of GDP
according to their population size. The eight most populous counties account for 60% of the country’s GDP. The next nine
counties account for 39% of the country’s GDP. The remaining 38% of the country’s GDP is accounted for by the ten least
Industry in Kenya is dominated by the agricultural and livestock sector. The manufacturing sector is relatively small and
includes a number of important export industries, such as automotive components and textiles. Kenya is a relatively developed
country, with a per capita GDP of $1,600. It is the largest economy in the eastern African region, and is also a member of
the African Community.
For the first time, the relative economic size of Kenya’s counties is clear. The counties are listed in order of their
population and their GDP.
The counties are: Cachar, Kisumu, Laikipia, Mau, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Narok. Nairobi County has
the largest GDP and population, followed by Mombasa County. The other five counties have GDPs that are between $1.5 and $2.5
billion, and populations that are between 1.5 and 3.5 million. The counties are diverse, with different economic
opportunities and strengths. The counties have developed their own unique economic systems and are highly competitive.
Kenya has been working to develop its regional economic outlook, and the results are encouraging. The East African Community
(EAC) has made significant progress in increasing trade and investment, and regional cooperation is critical to unlocking
these opportunities. The EAC is also working to support the private sector and improve the regulatory environment.
Kenya is a
member of the African Union, and its membership in the EAC bolsters its regional standing.
The Kenyan government has made significant investments in health care, and the country has made great strides in terms of
health outcomes. In terms of economic development, Kenya is a relatively poor country with a relatively low GDP.
account income and productivity are both high, and its welfare and happiness levels are high as well. The country has made
progress in collecting good quality data, which is critical for improving economic management.
The top solid line in the figure plots the share of Kenya’s GDP (in 2013 US dollars) allocated to each of its counties over
the course of the past thirty years.
According to the figure, between 1980 and 2013, the share of GDP allocated to counties decreased from 83% to 72%. This
suggests that the economic importance of counties has decreased over time.