The population in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kenya, was 10.4 million people, as per the 2019 National Census. Nairobi County alone has an annual, estimated housing demand of 150,000 – 200,000 housing units. According to the Nairobi County Integrated Development Plan, 2018, over 48% of the existing and incoming supply is for upper middle income households; 35% for high income households; and only 2% for low income households, despite this segment having the greatest housing need. The shortfall of affordable housing supply for the low income segment has resulted in the proliferation of slums and informal settlements, in which it is estimated that about 60% of Nairobi residents live.
This dashboard was developed as part of the Open Access Initiative, in collaboration with FSDKenya and FSDA-Investments. It shows the distribution of approximately 18,000 housing units within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, and covers four of the five counties in the metro – namely Kiambu, Kajiado, Nairobi, and Machakos. The 5th county within the NMA is Murang’a County, a mainly agricultural area with the majority of housing units being self-built.
The data underlying this dashboard was collected in 2019 and 2021 from information available in the public domain. In some cases, information collected was supplemented through telephone conversations. To access the full dataset, please email Beatrice: Beatrice@housingfinanceafrica.org. Note – the data is current as at the date of collection – any changes / additions to the data as presented can be submitted to Beatrice Mwangi. Views by year collected are not cumulative – look at both options to properly understand the dynamics in an area or with a developer. We are currently developing a third “2022” database that includes updates from both the 2019 and 2021 datasets as well as any new developments, in the hopes that this cumulative view will showcase all housing developments in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and their current (2022) status. We welcome comments or additions from developers, property managers, and other sector practitioners.
NB: To select the view by area or by developer, toggle between the two tabs below and change selections. Use the dropdowns and filters on the right of the dashboard to filter by area/developer, year of data collection or the status of projects.