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

This is the first time Kenya’s data will be captured in digital format, as the officials will enter the responses into their tablets. For tomorrow and Sunday, the exercise will run from 6pm to 6am. There will be up to three officials visiting every home, spending approximately 30 minutes.

The census questions will revolve around 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?
The following message has been sent to Kenyans with regard to the census:
“2019 census begins tomorrow night and ends on 31st August. Kindly ensure you are home. This process takes only 30 minutes. Security will be provided.”