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KNBS reveals richest, poorest counties

 ARID and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties continued to struggle in uplifting the living standards of their residents. This is according to Economic Survey 2020 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, KNBS.

Dr Alfred Mutua's Machakos County was ranked the fifth richest in Kenya by KNBS. Photo/COURTESY

In Ukambani region, only Machakos made it to the top five nationally with Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa and Nakuru counties topping the chart in that order from the top.

Gross County Product

Machakos contributed 3.4 per cent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  Nairobi continued to contribute the highest to GDP at 27.5 per cent leaving the rest of 46 counties to share slightly above 70 per cent of GDP.

Being ASAL counties, both Kitui and Makueni counties where nowhere near the top. Just as the rest of their rural region counties, they were part of the bottom 32 counties on matters contribution to the national economic development.

The county that contributed the least to GDP was Isiolo.  Others in the bottom five devolved units were Samburu, Tana River and Wajir.

Concentration of wealth in urban counties is an indicator of inequalities that marked Kenya’s economic development before devolution in 2013. The new Constitution 2010 sought to address issues of marginalization and uplift the living standards of all Kenyans.


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