Ethnic Groups and Languages of Kenya

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Language family
Language
Ethnic group
Number
%
County or former province
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Kikuyu/Gikuyu
Kikuyu people
8,2 million
17
Former Central Province
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Luhya
Luhya people
6,8 million
14
Former Western Province
Nilo-Saharan? - Nilotic
Kalenjin languages
Kalenjin people
6,4 million
13
Former Rift Valley Province
Nilo-Saharan? - Nilotic
Dholuo
Luo people
5 million
10,5
Western Kenya
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Kamba/Kikamba
Kamba people/Akamba
4,6 million
10
Makueni, Kitui and Machakos Counties (south in former Eastern Province)
Afro-Asiatic - Cushitic
Somali
Somalis
2,8 million
6
Former North Eastern Province
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Gusii
Kisii people/Abagusii
2,7 million
6
Former Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Mijikenda
Mijikenda peoples
2,5 million
5,5
Former Coast Province
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Meru/Kimiiru
Meru people
2 million
5
Former Eastern Province
Nilo-Saharan? - Nilotic
Maasai/Maa
Maasai people
1,2 million
3
Northern, central and southern Kenya
Nilo-Saharan? - Nilotic
Turkana
Turkana people
1 million
2
Turkana (in former Rift Valley Province)
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Swahili/Kiswahili
Swahili people/Waswahili
 
 
Former Coast Province (espacially Mombasa)
Niger-Congo - Bantu
Taita
Taita people
350.000
0,8
Former Coast Province
Afro-Asiatic - Semitic
Arabic
Arabs
60.000
0,1
Former Coast Province
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