Unique for having the world’s only game reserve within a major city, Nairobi is the capital city for the Republic of Kenya.
Kenya exported US$4.8 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016.
Kenya’s highest-value export is tea. Other Kenyan exports include cut flowers, processed petroleum oils, beans, titanium and pineapples according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Nairobi, Kenya: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Giraffe Centre, Maasai Ostrich Farm Resort, Panari Sky Centre, Maasai market, Karen Blixen Museum (More fun places on Your-RV-Lifestyle.com 100 Things to do in Kenya)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Nairobi, Kenya:
- Uhuru Kenyatta, president (born Oct. 26, 1961)
- Edi Gathegi, actor (born Mar. 10, 1979)
- Richard Dawkins, zoologist & novelist (born Mar. 26, 1941)
- McDonald Mariga, soccer player/footballer (born Apr. 4, 1987)
- Chris Froome, Tour de France champion (born May 20, 1985)
- Edi Gathegi, actor (born Mar. 10, 1979)
- Roger Whittaker, singer-songwriter (born Mar. 22, 1936)
- Richard Leakey, archaeologist (born Dec. 19, 1944)
- Gurinder Chadha, film director (born Jan. 10, 1960)
- Stella Mwangi, rapper & songwriter (born Sep. 1, 1986)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Nairobi resident: Nairobian
Population: 2,750,547 (Nairobi city)
Density:10,225 per square mile (3,948 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,547,547 (Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Region)
Density: 558 people per square mile (215 per square kilometer)
Population: 46,790,758 (Kenya)
Density: 213 people per square mile (82 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$91.6 billion as of October 2016 (Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Region)
GDP per person: $13,993
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Nairobi:Kenyan shilling
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Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 25, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Nairobi City County Web Portal. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Your RV Lifestyle, 100 Things to do in Kenya. Accessed on December 6, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Kenya. Accessed on February 2, 2017
Wikipedia, Nairobi. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Wikipedia, Nairobi County. Accessed on November 25, 2016
World Population Review, Kenya Population (2016). Accessed on November 25, 2016
The capital, located 5,889 feet (1,795 meters) above sea level, occupies an area measuring 269 square miles (697 square kilometers). About 2.8 million people live in the city of Nairobi.
The Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Region is comprised of four of 47 counties in Kenya, including Nairobi County which encompasses the country’s capital city Nairobi. A vast expanse, the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Region covers 11,734 square miles (30,390 square kilometers) serves as home for 6.5 million people.
At the country level, Kenya’s land area covers 219,746 square miles (569,140 square kilometers). The national population count was 46.8 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is much more intense within Kenya’s capital city with an average 10,200 Nairobians per square mile (3,950 per square kilometer).
For the vast Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Region, density dilutes to an average 560 people per square mile (220 per square kilometer).
For Kenya overall, population density drops to an average 213 inhabitants per square mile (82 per square kilometer).
Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963. Kenyans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each December 12.