List of 47 Counties in Kenya

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    This article aims to list all the 47 counties in Kenya and what you should know about them.

    Kenya

    A county is a geographically defined area that is typically divided for political purposes. Counties can vary in size and separate a state into different areas, similar to a province. However, there are many cities and towns that fall within a given county, and they are all tied together by political leadership.

    After the 2010 constitution was promulgated, Kenya was divided into 47 counties for easy administration. Each county is grouped according to the former province which they are part of. However, all the counties in Kenya are led by a governor and a deputy governor. They form a county government together. With this, Kenya county codes are numbered from 001 to 047.

    Most Kenyans in fact do not know the counties by codes but rather by names. That is why this article has compiled all the counties by their names and as well as their respective codes. Below is a comprehensive list of counties in Kenya and their codes.

    LIST OF COUNTIES IN KENYA

    1. Mombasa
    2. Kwale
    3. Kilifi
    4. Tana River
    5. Lamu
    6. Taita/Taveta
    7. Garissa
    8. Wajir
    9. Mandera
    10. Marsabit
    11. Isiolo
    12. Meru
    13. Tharaka-Nithi
    14. Embu
    15. Kitui
    16. Machakos
    17. Makueni
    18. Nyandarua
    19. Nyeri
    20. Kirinyaga
    21. Murang’a
    22. Kiambu
    23. Turkana
    24. West Pokot
    25. Samburu
    26. Trans Nzoia
    27. Uasin Gishu
    28. Elgeyo/Marakwet
    29. Nandi
    30. Baringo
    31. Laikipia
    32. Nakuru
    33. Narok
    34. Kajiado
    35. Kericho
    36. Bomet
    37. Kakamega
    38. Vihiga
    39. Bungoma
    40. Busia
    41. Siaya
    42. Kisumu
    43. Homa Bay
    44. Migori
    45. Kisii
    46. Nyamira
    47. Nairobi City

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE 47 COUNTIES IN KENYA

    1. MOMBASA COUNTY- 001:  Due to its touristic features, the county is famous for its luxurious hotels which bring in revenue.They brag about a possession of one of the two ports in Kenya. They appear to live a more relaxed life compared to other regions in the country. This is considered as county 001 and it is based in the former coast region. Its capital city is Mombasa and it has an area of 212 square kilometers.
    2. KWALE COUNTY- 002:  This is the second county which is also situated in the former Coast region. The capital of this county is Kwale. It has an area of 8270.3 square kilometers. It is also famous for its tourist attraction site.
    3. KILIFI COUNTY- 003:  This is the third county and it is also located in the former Coast region. Its capital is Kilifi and it has an area of 12,245.9 square kilometers. It has some of the most mind blowing  tourist sites like the Diani Beach where the sunrise can be beautifully captured.
    4. TANA RIVER COUNTY- 004:  This is the fourth county in Kenya and it also falls under the former Coast region. The capital for this county is Hola and it covers an area of 35,375.8 square kilometers. This county is famous since it has the Tana River flowing through which connects to the Indian Ocean
    5. LAMU COUNTY – 005:  It has an area of 6,497.7 square kilometers and is commonly known in Kenya because it is an island that has been there for ages and has quite a number of historic features. This is the fifth county in Kenya which is in the former Coast region.
    6. TAITA TAVETA COUNTY – 006:  This is the sixth county in Kenya and is found in the former Coast region.The capital for this county is Mwatate and it has an area of 17,083.9 square kilometers. The county is popular for ranches, estates and sanctuaries which all play a part in boosting the rate of tourism in the county.
    7. GARISSA COUNTY – 007:  This is the seventh county in Kenya, located in the former North Eastern province. The capital for this county is Garissa and it has an area of 45,720.2 square kilometers. The county is famous for the large number of refugee camps.
    8. WAJIR COUNTY – 008:  This is the eighth county in Kenya and it is located in the former North Eastern region and positioned near Somalia. The capital for this county is Wajir and it has an area of 55,840.6 square kilometers.
    9. MANDERA COUNTY- 009:  This is the ninth county in Kenya and it is in the former North Eastern province with Mandera as the capitaI. It has an area of 25,797.7 square kilometers. The county governor is Ali Roba. Kenya county codes help determine the map of Kenya counties.
    10. MARSABIT COUNTY – 010:  This is one of the Kenya counties which is in the Republic of Kenya and  located in the former Eastern region. The area of this county is 66,823.1 square kilometers. The county is famous for sharing borders with the eastern shore of Lake Turkana and it also has a huge chunk of the Chalbi desert within. This is the second largest county in Kenya.
    11. KIAMBU COUNTY – 022:  This county is located in the former Central region of Kenya. It covers an area of 2,449.2 square kilometers and its capital is Kiambu town. It is the richest county in Kenya.
    12. TURKANA COUNTY – 023:  It covers an area of 71,597.8 square kilometers and its capital is Lodwar town. It is famous because of Lake Turkana where fishing and tourism takes place. This is the largest county in Kenya
    13. UASIN GISHU COUNTY- 027:  This county is in the former Rift Valley region. It covers an area of 2,955.3 square kilometers and its capital is Eldoret. This county is famous for huge maize plantations.
    14. NAKURU COUNTY – 032:  This county lies in the former Rift Valley region. Its capital is Nakuru town. It is popular because of Lake Nakuru.
    15. KERICHO COUNTY- 035:  It lies in the former Rift Valley region. It covers an area of 2,454.5 square kilometers and its capital is Kericho town. The county is famous for its large tea plantations.
    16. VIHIGA COUNTY – 038:  This county lies in the former Western province. It has a population of 554,622. It covers an area of 531.3 square kilometers and its capital is Vihiga. The governor here is Wilberforce Ottichilo. The latest progress is the building of a new hospital and a state of the art football stadium.
    17. BUSIA COUNTY – 040:  This county is in the former Western province. It covers an area of 1,628.4 square kilometers and the capital is Busia town. It is popular because it has a trade center for both Uganda and Kenya since it lies within the border.
    18. MIGORI COUNTY- 044:  This county is found in the former Nyanza province. It covers an area of 2,586.4 square kilometers and the capital is Migori town. The county is famous because of the gold deposits that are found here. This means it will definitely attract a lot of companies.
    19. KISII COUNTY- 045:  This county is situated in the former Nyanza region.its the 45th in the Kenya county codes. It has a population of 1,152,282. It covers an area of 1,317.9 square kilometers and its capital is Kisii town. The governor here is James Ongwae. It is famous because of the sweet bananas that grow here.
    20. NAIROBI COUNTY- 047:  This is the last but not the least county in Kenya though it is the smallest. This country is located in the former Nairobi province. It has an area of 694.9 square kilometers and its capital is Nairobi city. It is a metropolitan county and has a lot of job opportunities, hence the high population.

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