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Kirinyaga County

Kirinyaga County
Coat of arms of Kirinyaga County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country  Kenya
Formed 4 March 2013 (2013-03-04)
Capital Kerugoya/ Kutus
 • Governor Joseph Ndathi
 • Total 1,205.4 km2 (465.4 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 528,054 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kirinyaga County is a county in the former Central Province of Kenya. Its capital is Kerugoya/Kutus and its largest town is Wanguru.[2] In 2009, the county had a population of 528,054[1] and an area of 1,205.4 km².


  • History 1
  • Administration 2
  • Subdivisions 3
    • Electoral constituencies 3.1
  • Central Kenya Region 4
    • Urbanisation 4.1
    • Wealth/Poverty Level 4.2
  • References 5


Kirinyaga District was created in 1963 out of the western part of Embu District.[2]

In 2007, Kirinyaga District was divided into four new districts:


The County Council of Kirinyaga administers all of Kirinyaga County, except the area administered by the Municipal Council of Kerugoya /Kutus and the Town council of Sagana-Kagio.[2]


Kirinyaga District is divided as follows:

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality 39,441 14,056
Sagana Town 22,475 3,031
Kirinyaga County 395,189 13,103
Total - 457,105 30,190
* 1999 census. Source: [4]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Central 74,068 12,585 Kerugoya
Gichugu 121,738 1,988 Kianyaga
Mwea 125,962 7,625 Wanguru
Ndia 135,337 2,960 Baricho
Total 457,105 25,158 -
* 1999 census. Sources: [5], [6],

Electoral constituencies

The county has four constituencies:

Central Kenya Region


Urbanisation in Central Kenya
Urbanisation in Central Kenya (Percent)
Kiambu County
Nyeri County
Nyandarua County
Muranga County
Kirinyaga County
 Kenya Average

Urbanisation by County in Central Kenya

Source: OpenDataKenya

Wealth/Poverty Level

Wealth/Poverty Level in Central Kenya
Poverty Level in Central Kenya (Percent)
Kirinyaga County
Muranga County
Kiambu County
Nyeri County
Nyandarua County
 Kenya Average

Poverty level by County

Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank


  1. ^ a b,672,705/Kenya-Census-2,009
  2. ^ a b c "County Council of Kirinyaga Website". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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