Kenya’s richest households are concentrated in Nairobi and its environs, an analysis of data from the national census shows.
Lang’ata and Westlands in Nairobi host a majority of Kenya’s affluent class with a good number of them owning houses with access to the internet and other social amenities.
Residents of these suburbs are also highly educated, most with university degrees.
The rest of the wealthy are concentrated in Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kajiado and Laikipia counties.
Although a sizable population in these areas live in rented houses, they lead in the number of households in urban centres that own homes.
Owning a house in such places is costly, with the price of the home driven up by prohibitive land prices. Very few people, other than the rich can afford to build or buy a house in these areas.
The data is contained in the fourth volume of the Kenya Population and Housing Census that tackles distribution of population by socio-economic characteristics.
The census also looked at Kenyan’s housing conditions and the facilities in their homes including toilets, TV sets and refrigerators.
Lang’ata tops with car owners with 35.9 per cent of its 60,187 surveyed households owning cars. In Westlands, 32.8 per cent of 103,489 of households surveyed own cars.
Lang’ata hosts some of the most popular estates in Nairobi, including Karen and South C.
With eight administrative units, Westlands hosts some of the country’s most upmarket suburbs such as Kitisuru, Lavington, Kilimani, Parklands and Highridge.
Poverty amidst wealth
In contrast, some of the poorest also live in Westlands in areas such as Kangemi.
According to the report, 83.5 per cent of some 104,980 households in Westlands live in rented houses. 79.5 per cent of families in Lang’ata live in rented houses.
In Lang’ata, only 20 per cent of the households surveyed own homes. Home owners make 16.5 per cent of the households surveyed in Westlands.