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Demographics of Kenya

From Wikipedia

Kenya has a very diverse population that includes most major ethnic and linguistic groups of Africa. Traditional pastoralists, rural farmers, Muslims, Christians, and urban residents of Nairobi and other cities contribute to the cosmopolitan culture. The standard of living in major cities, once relatively high compared to much of Sub-Saharan Africa, has been declining in recent years. Most city workers retain links with their rural, extended families and leave the city periodically to help work on the family farm. About 75% of the work force is engaged in agriculture, mainly as subsistence farmers. The national motto of Kenya is Harambee, meaning “pull together.” In that spirit, volunteers in hundreds of communities build schools, clinics, and other facilities each year and collect funds to send students abroad.

The five state universities enroll about 38,000 students, representing some 25% of the Kenyan students who qualify for admission.

[edit] Current Demographic data (2006)

Population: 34,707,817
note: estimates for this country, explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 42.6% (male 7,454,765; female 7,322,130)
15-64 years: 55.1% (male 9,631,488; female 9,508,068)
65 years and over: 2.3% (male 359,354; female 432,012) (2006 est.)

Population growth rate: 2.57% (2006 est.)

Birth rate: 39.72 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate: 14.02 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population
note: according to the UNHCR, by the end of 2005 Kenya was host to 233,778 refugees from neighboring countries, including Somalia 153,627, Sudan 67,556, Ethiopia 12,595 (2006 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.83 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 59.26 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)

Malnourished population: 32 percent

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 48.93 years
male: 49.78 years
female: 48.07 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate: 4.91 children born/woman (2006 est.)

noun: Kenyan(s)
adjective: Kenyan

Ethnic groups:

See also List of tribes of Kenya

Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo (Kenya) 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

See also: Maasai

Religions: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, Buddhism 0.3%, other 2%
note: a large majority of Kenyans are Christian, but estimates for the percentage of the population that adheres to Islam or indigenous beliefs vary widely

Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (national), numerous indigenous languages

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.1%
male: 90.6%
female: 79.7% (2003 est.)

[edit] References

This article contains material from the CIA World Factbook (2006 edition) which, as a US government publication, is in the public domain.

See also: Kenya

One Response to “Demographics of Kenya”

  1. David said

    good info

    I would like to know something about the average age of circumcision of boys in kenya as per the different communities


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