Kenya National Census: List of Questions you will be asked during the exercise starting on saturday 24th August 2019

The Kenya Population and Housing Census 2019 officially kicks off tomorrow, August 24 and will run till August 31

Census questions will be capture data that includes ethnicity or nationality, marital status, live births among others. The questions are as follows:

  • What are the names of each person who spent the night of 24th/25th August, 2019 in this household?
  • What is each person’s relationship to the head of this household?
  • What is their sex ?
  • What is their age (s)?
  • What is their date of birth?
  • Please insert line number of their biological mother
  • Is the person a usual member of this household?
  • What is their ethnicity or nationality ?
  • What is their religion ?
  • What is their marital status?
  • Where were they born?
  • Where were they living in August 2018?
  • When did they move to the current county?
  • Why did they move to the current place of residence?

For women older than 12 years, questions will be as follows:

  • How many children have you ever  borne alive?
  • How many children have you borne  alive who usually live in this household ?
  • How many children have you borne alive who usually live elsewhere ?
  • How many children have you borne   alive who have died ?
  • When was your last child born?
  • Where did this last birth occur?
  • What was the sex of this child/ children?
  • Was this last birth notified?
  • Is this last child/ children still alive ?
  • If the last child is not alive, when did the child die?
  • Why is the census important?

The data collected during census is the primary source of reliable information on the size, distribution of the population in the country, as well as their living conditions and access to basic services at a specified time. The information helps to guide in resource allocation as well as inform planners on policy formulation and targeting of development plans.

  • How will the census data be captured?

Data from this year’s census will be captured using electronic gadgets such as tablets. It will be different from the 2009 census where data was filled in a piece of paper and this will minimise the amount of time taken in each household. Using the digital mode will ensure privacy, faster processing and data safety.


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