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Census: Lang’ata and Westlands Are Kenya’s Richest Neighbourhoods

Data analysis from the 2019 Census Report has shown that Lang’ata and Westlands, located in Nairobi County, are Kenya’s richest neighbourhoods.

This information is contained in the fourth volume of the Kenya Population and Housing Census that tackles distribution of the population by socio-economic characteristics.

These two areas host a majority of Kenya’s wealthy class with a good number of them owning houses with access to the internet and other social amenities.

Residents living in these neighbourhoods are highly educated with most owning university degrees.

Lang’ata led with the highest number of car owners with 35.9% of its 60,187 surveyed households while only 32% of people living in Westlands owns a vehicle.

Lang’ata Road/Mbagathi Way Roundabout

Westlands, having 8 administrative units, hosts Kenya’s upmarket suburbs such as Kitisuru, Lavington, Kilimani, Parklands and Highridge. Lang’ata, on the other hand, hosts the most popular estates in Nairobi including Karen and South C.

A significant number of people living in these estates, however, live in rented houses. The census report indicates 83.5% of people living in Westlands live in rented houses while those living in rented houses in Lang’ata constitute 79.5%.

The reason for most people not owning their own homes in these areas is due to the high cost of land, an expense that does not account for the construction of the house.

Other areas that were noted to host wealthy citizens include Kiambu County, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kajiado, and Laikipia Counties.

Kiambaa, Kikuyu and Ruiru were identified as some of the richest areas in Kiambu county while in Uasin Gishu, Ainabkoi and Kapsaret led in car ownership.

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