|Formed||4 March 2013|
|• Governor||Gideon Mung'aro|
|• Total||12,245.9 km2 (4,728.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
Kilifi County was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger of Kilifi District and Malindi District, Kenya. Its capital is Kilifi and its largest town is Malindi. Kilifi county is one of the five counties that make up the Kenyan Coast. The county has a population of 1,453,787 people following the 2019 census which covers an area of 12,245.90 km2 (4,728.17 sq mi).
The county is located north and northeast of Mombasa. Kilifi has fewer tourists than Mombasa County, however there is some tourism in Kikambala, Watamu, Malindi and Kilifi. The county is known for the Ruins of Gedi, which includes mosques and tombs dating from the 11th to the 17th century.
Tourism and fishing in Kilifi County are the major economic activities due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean. The major tourist attractions in Kilifi County are the Ruins of Gedi, Watamu Marine National Park, the Malindi Museum, the Rabai Museum, Matungu Beach, and the Kaya forest. It also contains the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the 14th and 17th century.
The county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing heavily to the region's economy in employment provision and income generation.
Opportunities exist in agriculture, particularly dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soil and good weather. The county had a successful cashew nut milling industry. Maize and cassava are the main subsistence crops and the main cash crops grown in the county include coconuts, cashew nuts, sisal, citrus fruits, mangoes and pineapples .
Kilifi county has a total population of 1,453,787, of which 704,089 are males, 749,673 are females and 25 are intersex persons. There are 298,472 households, with 4.4 persons per household on average, and a population density of 116 people per square kilometer. The major communities living in Kilifi County include Mijikenda, Swahili, Bajuni, Indians, Arabs and Europeans.
Kilifi County has a Christian majority, with 68% of residents professing Christianity. 18% of residents are Muslim and 10% are atheist.
Kilifi county has 7 sub-counties and 35 county assembly wards.
The county has 7 Constituencies:
|Area (km2)||Number of wards||Wards|
|Kilifi North||207,587||405||7||Tezo, Sokoni, Kibarani, Dabaso, Matsangoni, Watamu, Mnarani|
|Kilifi South||171,607||401||5||Junju, Mwarakaya, Shimo la Tewa, Chasimba, Mtepeni|
|Kaloleni||139,302||651||4||Mariakani, Kayafungo, Kaloleni, Mwana Mwinga|
|Rabai||113,622||241||4||Mwawesa, Ruruma, Kambe-Ribe, Rabai/Kisurutuni|
|Ganze||137,664||2,942||4||Ganze, Bamba, Jaribuni, Sokoke|
|Malindi||162,712||627||5||Jilore, Kakuyuni, Ganda, Malindi Town, Shella|
|Magarini||177,241||6,979||6||Maarafa, Magarini, Gongoni, Adu, Garashi, Sabaki|
Bahari Constituency, which was formed in 1988, was disbanded in 2013 and superseded by two new constituencies, Kilifi North Constituency and Kilifi South Constituency.
Gideon Mung'aro is the current governor of Kilifi County, having served since August 2022.Stewart Madzayo has represented Kilifi County in the Senate since 2017. Gertrude Mbeyu Mwanyanje is the woman representative elected in 2017.
|The Deputy Governor||1|
|The County Secretary||1|
|The CEC Members||10|
Kilifi County has 1071 ECD centres, 757 primary schools, 178 secondary schools, 13 youth polytechnics, and 280 adult education centres.
|Adult Education Centres||280||0||280|
There are a total of 235 health facilities in the county with one county referral hospital.
The county is covered by a network of 3,678.6 km of roads. Of this, 2,230.9 km is surfaced by earth, 1,091.5 km is surfaced by murram and 356.2 km is covered by bitumen.
The county's main highways are Mombasa Malindi highway and Kaloleni Mavueni.
There are 7 post offices, with 6,800 installed letter boxes, 6,120 rented letter boxes and 680 vacant letter boxes.
Diani Beach sunrise
Sun rises over the Indian Ocean at Malindi