Demographics  

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  • Proportion of household members

Households with many members tend to be poorer than those with few members. As illustrated in figure 2.3, most Kenyan households have four to seven or more members i.e. (58.5 percent). A sizeable proportion (41.5 percent) has three or fewer household members. Rural areas are two times more likely to have seven or more household members than their urban counterparts. More than half of urban households have three or fewer household members.

 Figure 2.3: Proportion of household members in Kenya and by rural/urban

 As illustrated in figure 2.4, more than half of the households in Mandera, Wajir, Turkana and Garissa have seven or more members. These counties are also have more than half of their population living below the poverty line. Conversely, more than half of the households in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kiambu and Muranga have three or fewer household members. These counties are also among the least poor in the country.

 

 Figure 2.4: Proportion of household members in counties

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