Why Ruiru is Kenya’s sixth most populated urban area

The entrance of Spur Mall in Ruiru, Kiambu County. With malls in the area being within a five-kilometre radius, residents of Ruiru do not have to travel to Nairobi for most of their shopping. PHOTO | MARTIN KINYANJUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Half the population of Ruiru works in Nairobi, only 26 km away, while the other half comprises traders.
  • The Eastern Bypass, which links Thika Road and Mombasa Road, has triggered an influx of people in Ruiru.
  • Populous localities of Kahawa Wendani, Kahawa Sukari and Mwihoko are all within Ruiru Constituency.

Ruiru Sub-County in Kiambu County is one of the most populous areas in Kenya, according to data from the 2019 census.

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