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Nairobi

Administration
Full nameNairobi
Official nameNairobi
Settlement typeCity
CountryKenya
RegionNairobi region
CountyNairobi County
Founded1899
Government
Interim MayorGeorge Aladwa
Geography
Total Area268.7 sq mi (696 km2)
Elevation5450 ft (1661.2 m)
Demography
Total Population3138295 (2009)
Density (pop.)4509/km2 (11678.3/sq mi)
DemonymNairobian
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)
Area code020

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Nairobi (c-eniconnaɪˈroʊbi) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also forms the Nairobi County. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs. The people of Nairobi are popularly nicknamed Nairobians.

Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1795 m above sea-level.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million. According to the 2009 Census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km2 (268.7 sqmi). Nairobi is currently the 12th largest city in Africa, including the population of its suburbs.

Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and second oldest exchange.It is ranked 4th in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre.

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Divisions :
Division Locations
Central Huruma  Kariokor  Mathare  Ngara  Starehe
Dagoretti Kawangware  Kenyatta/Golf Club  Mutuini  Riruta  Uthiru/Ruthmitu  Waithaka
Embakasi Dandora  Embakasi  Kariobangi South  Kayole  Mukuru kwa Njenga  Njiru  Ruai  Umoja
Kasarani Githurai  Kahawa  Kariobangi North  Kasarani  Korogocho  Roysambu  Ruaraka
Kibera Karen  Kibera  Laini Saba  Langata  Mugumoini  Nairobi West  Sera Ngombe
Makadara Makadara  Makongeni  Maringo  Mukuru Nyayo  Viwandani
Pumwani Bahati  Eastleigh North  Eastleigh South  Kamukunji  Pumwani
Westlands Highridge  Kangemi  Kilimani  Kitisuru  Lavington  Parklands

Nairobi's tallest skyscrapers
Upper Hill :

Population :
Year Population Growth
1906 11,500 0
1911 14,000 2,500
1921 24,300 10,300
1926 29,900 5,600
1929 32,900 3,000
1931 47,800 14,900
1939 61,300 3,500
1944 108,900 47,600
1948 119,000 20,100
1955 186,000 67,000
1957 221,700 35,700
1960 251,000 29,300
1962 266,800 17,800
1965 380,000 113,200
1969 509,300 129,300
1979 827,775 318,475
1989 1,324,570 496,795
1995 1,810,000 485,435
1999 2,143,254 333,254
2005 2,750,561 607,307
2009 3,138,369 387,808

Subdivisions of Nairobi, Kenya

Neighbourhoods
Huruma * Mathare * Ngara * Dandora * Embakasi * Kariobangi * Karen * Kibera * Korogocho * Lang'ata * Eastleigh * Highridge * Lavington * Parklands

Province divisions
Central * Dagoretti * Embakasi * Kasarani * Kibera * Makadara * Pumwani * Westlands

KE First- and second-level administrative divisions of Kenya

ProvincesCentral * Coast * Eastern * Nairobi * North Eastern * Nyanza * Rift Valley * Western |
Principal cities
and towns
Baragoi * Bungoma * Busia * Eldoret * Embu * Garissa * Hola * Homa Bay * Isiolo * Kajiado * Kakamega * Kapenguria * Kericho * Kiambu * Kilifi * Kisii * Kisumu * Kitale * Kitui * Limuru * Lodwar * Lokichokio * Loiyangalani * Lamu * Machakos * Malindi * Mandera * Maralal * Marsabit * Meru * Mombasa * Moyale * Mumias * Murang'a * Nairobi * Naivasha * Nakuru * Namanga * Nanyuki * Narok * Nyahururu * Nyeri * Ruiru * Thika * Voi * Wajir * Webuye * Wundanyi |
DistrictsBaringo * Bomet * Bondo * Bungoma * Buret * Busia * Butere/Mumias * Embu * Garissa * Gucha * Homa Bay * Ijara * Isiolo * Kajiado * Kakamega * Keiyo * Kericho * Kiambu * Kilifi * Kirinyaga * Kisii * Kisumu * Kitui * Koibatek * Kuria * Kwale * Laikipia * Lamu * Lugari * Machakos * Makueni * Malindi * Mandera * Maragua * Marakwet * Marsabit * Mbeere * Meru Central * Meru North * Meru South * Migori * Mombasa * Mount Elgon * Moyale * Muranga * Mwingi * Nairobi * Nakuru * Nandi * Narok * Nyamira * Nyandarua * Nyando * Nyeri * Rachuonyo * Samburu * Siaya * Suba * Taita-Taveta * Tana River * Teso * Tharaka * Thika * Trans Mara * Trans-Nzoia * Turkana * Uasin Gishu * Vihiga * Wajir * West Pokot |

All-Africa Games host cities

1965: Brazzaville * 1973: Lagos * 1978: Algiers * 1987: Nairobi * 1991: Cairo * 1995: Harare * 1999: Johannesburg * 2003: Abuja * 2007: Algiers * 2011: Maputo



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