List and Format Used to Number Kenya’s 47 Counties

By Virginia Mwangi / July 11, 2019



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Kenya has made a number of leaps towards devolution since the passing of the 2010 constitution though it has not come without challenges.

The 2010 constitution saw Kenya get divided into County Governments that all total to 47 with each County having a unique number for recognition. What is your County’s number?

The numbering format began with the Coastal region making Mombasa County number 001 followed by five other Counties in the region which makes the first six Counties of Kenya, Coastal.

The numbering is then followed by North Eastern Counties which starts with Garissa as 07, followed by Wajir 08 and then Mandera 09.

The numbering from 10 starts with Eastern Counties which are Marsabit at 10, Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka NIthi, Embu, Kitui, Machakos and finally Makueni at number 17 as the last Eastern County.

Numbers of Counties in the Central region of Kenya start at number 18 with Nyandarua followed by Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Kiambu at number 22.

The numbering of the Counties then begins with Rift Valley Counties with Turkana at number 23, closely followed by West Pokot, Samburu, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, and Bomet.

The numbering continues to Western Counties with Kakamega leading at number 37 followed by Vihiga, Bungoma, and Busia at number 40.

The counties numbered just before the Capital city are six Nyanza Counties which are Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii and Nyamira County at number 46 then Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi at number 47.

The most famous ones are 01 given the Governor is fond of referring himself using the number and 47 given it’s the Capital City. Below is a list of Kenya’s Counties in the order of the numbers used to refer to them:

01 Mombasa

02 Kwale

03 Kilifi

04 Tana River

05 Lamu

06 Taita Taveta

07 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 Uasin Gishu

27 Trans-Nzoia

28 Elgeyo-Marakwet Rift Valley 29 Nandi Rift Valley

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





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