Atlas of Urban Expansion

Nakuru
Kenya
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
2014 Population
326,160
2014 Urban Extent
9,124
hectares
2014 Density
36
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Nakuru in 2014 was 326,160, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.9% since 2000. The population of Nakuru in 2000 was 189,557, increasing at an average annual rate of 4% since 1989, when its population was 122,762.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Nakuru in 2014 was 9,124 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 9.5% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 2,427 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.6% since 2000, when its urban extent was 1,829 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Nakuru in 2014 was 69 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -4.4% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 127 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.6% since 1989 when the built-up area density was 119.12 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Nakuru in 2014 was 36 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -5.6% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 78 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.4% since 1989 when the urban extent density was 67 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 3,150 hectares of built-up area was added to the Nakuru urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 11% was Infill, 59% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 30% was Inclusion. A total of 463 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1989 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 52% was Infill, 32% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 16% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Nakuru 1990-2014 expansion area was 8.59 meters, compared to 8.48 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Nakuru occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 20%, compared to 20% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Nakuru's 1990-2014 expansion was 0.62 km/km2, compared to 0.96 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Nakuru's 1990-2014 expansion area was 60%, compared to 65% in the pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2014
1989-2000  2000-2014
1989-2000  2000-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Nakuru's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.68 hectares, compared to 4.92 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2014