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The 2019 Kenya housing and population Census stand up and be counted

The 2019 Kenya housing and population Census stand up and be counted









The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is set to carry out the 2019 Population and Housing Census, the sixth in post-independence Kenya and the first under the new Constitution. While a census is the official count of a population, it also provides social, economic and demographic information essential for decision-making to public and the private sector players in relation to service delivery to the public.


“Data generated will be used to provide benchmark indicators; review administrative boundaries; and in allocation of resources; give population projections; develop sampling frames; and for research,” KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi said.

The success of the census will require your support and KNBS urges you to receive the enumerators and provide them with the necessary information. Here is all you need to know about


the upcoming exercise:


  1. The census is scheduled for the night of Saturday 24th August.


  1. The Ministry of Education has moved the opening date for third term from 26th August to 2nd September to acknowledge the desire of KNBS to have minimum movements of people around census time.


  1. Monday 26th August may be declared a public holiday to further facilitate a smooth enumeration process. Acting National Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has requested his counterpart in Interior and Coordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i to enable this.


  1. Tablet computers will be used to collect data unlike in previous exercises where data was captured on paper.


  1. The use of technology, a collaboration with the US Census Bureau, will ensure the process is faster, the data collected more secure andresults more accurate.


  1. About 170,000 enumerators, ICT and content supervisors have been recruited and taught how to do the digital census.


  1. Enumerators are expected to spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be a bit shorter or longer depending on the size of your household.


  1. They will go to homes, hotel rooms, prisons and other institutions to count people.


  1. You will be asked questions regarding your age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, marital status and county of birth.


  1. Other questions whose responses will provide statistics for a wide range of indicators such as fertility, mortality, education and labour among others will also be asked.


  1. If you’re not counted on that night, don’t worry because the exercise will continue until 31st August. If you’re not counted by 31st August, you should report to the local administrative office near you.


  1. Preliminary results will be released three months after the exercise; basic reports within six months; and detailed analytical reports within one year of the census exercise.

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