Top 10 Most Developed Counties in Kenya

Most developed counties in Kenya are referred to the ten (10) counties in Kenya that have met most of their targets in the areas of Education, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.

These are the most developed counties in Kenya.

Kakamega County

Kakamega County is well known for its rich cultural diversity and numerous natural attractions. However, what many people do not know is that Kakamega County is also one of the most developed counties in Kenya. It has numerous top hotels, banks, schools, health facilities and other businesses among others. The county is also a major hub for agriculture, which is one of the main economic activities in the area.

Kiambu County

Kiambu County is one of the most developed Counties in Kenya. It has numerous top schools, hospitals, universities and other institutions of learning. The county is home to hundreds of the wealthiest individuals in Kenya, with the highest number of millionaires residing in the county. The county also receives a lot of investment from different individuals and corporations.

Mombasa County

Mombasa Island is connected by bridges to the mainland and it is thus the main gateway into Kenya for air, sea and road transport. The economy of Mombasa County is largely driven by tourism with several white sandy beaches which attract both local and international tourists as well as tourism-related industries such as hotels, restaurants and transport services relying on tourism for their daily livelihoods.

Nakuru County

Nakuru is one of the most developed counties in Kenya. Nakuru town is the fourth-largest urban center in Kenya and it’s also the capital of the county.

Nakuru is served by several major highways including Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret and Nairobi-Naivasha highways, A104 highway which connects Nakuru town with Gilgil and A103 highway which connects Naivasha with Nyahururu.

The main economic activity of this region is agriculture. Other activities include dairy farming and tourism.

Kwale County

The Kwale County Government has prioritized development in the areas of infrastructure, education and agriculture and among the achievements.

In Agriculture; Kwale county government has provided seeds to over 50,000 farmers and provided equipment such as tractors, maize hullers among others.

In Health; Kwale county government has built a mortuary at Ganze hospital, renovated Ganze District Hospital including the construction of an Accident & Emergency Unit (A&E), maternity ward and operating theatre.

Nairobi County

Nairobi County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya which is also Kenya’s capital and largest city.

Nairobi is now home to many numerous companies, financial institutions, and diplomatic missions. In addition to these developments, Nairobi is also an important hub for business in Kenya.


Murang’a is a county in the former Central Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Murang’a.

It is one of Kenya’s most industrialized counties. The Mombasa-Nairobi railway line passes through Murang’a County and the county headquarters are located along the railway line.

This county has rich agricultural resources which are used to develop it economically.

Machakos County

Machakos County was recently declared a city by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. As such, it is now referred to as Machakos City County but remains one of the most developed counties in Kenya. The county boasts some of the best development projects; these include roads, modern buildings and other infrastructure that has transformed this once sleepy town into a bustling city that continues to grow each passing day.

Nyeri County

The county’s economy mainly depends on agriculture and livestock keeping as the primary economic activities. Nyeri County is well known for its cash crops such as coffee and tea. Other crops grown include maize, beans, pigeon peas, potatoes, pyrethrum and vegetables including cabbages and carrots.

Nyandarua County

Nyandarua is one of the 47 counties in Kenya and it is located in the former Central Province which is largely agricultural with tea, coffee, wheat, potatoes and pyrethrum as the main cash crops.

The county is also enhancing agriculture production by improving agricultural infrastructures such as the provision of water for irrigation, construction of dams and piped water for domestic use. The county has also invested heavily in health facilities through construction and equipping of health facilities at all levels, from level four hospitals to dispensaries, and health centres.

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What You Need to Know about Kenya Counties

Kenya counties are geographical units envisioned by the 2010 Constitution of Kenya as the units of devolved government.

Counties are further sub-divided into sub-counties, which consist of constituencies, which in turn consist of wards.

Each county is headed by a governor who is directly elected. The deputy governor is also elected alongside the county governor. County governments have several ‘county assembly wards’ that elect ‘county assembly members, who in turn elect a speaker, who will preside over sittings of the county assembly. The county assembly members also elect a minority leader and majority leader

The counties are also supposed to have a number of departments, which provide services at the county level. Each department is headed by a Chief Officer who reports to an Executive Committee Member who in turn reports to Governor. Each county has a number of constituencies, which are single-member districts that elect Members of Parliament to represent them in the National Assembly

The country’s development and growth are ranked according to the standard of living, literacy rate, economic strength and the per capita income.

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