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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Sunni

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (53.5%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Kenya Eastern Africa World
Christian (all denominations combined) 81.3% 65.3% 29.9%
 
  • Pentecostal
  • 26.5% 8.9% 2.8%
     
  • Catholic
  • 23.6% 20.1% 15%
     
  • Protestant
  • 14.3% 15.8% 5.6%
     
  • Anglican
  • 12.7% 7% 1.2%
     
  • Orthodox
  • 1.5% 10.7% 3%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 2.7% 2.7% 2.3%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 14.7% 22.1% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 13.1% 19.8% 19%
     
  • Shia Muslim
  • 1% 1.4% 3.4%
     
  • Other and Unknown Muslim
  • 0.5% 0.9% 0.3%
    Christian Syncretic 1.5% 1.4% ---
    Bahai 1% 0.3% 0.1%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 1% 8.7% 2.5%
    Jain 0.2% --- ---
    Other Religionist 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 0.1% 0.5% 12%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 225,000 square miles and a population of 35.5 million. Approximately 80 percent of the country is Christian, 10 percent is Muslim, less than 1 percent is Hindu, Sikh, and Baha'i, while the remainder follows various traditional indigenous religions. Protestants comprise 58 percent of Christians, and Roman Catholics 42 percent.

    The North Eastern Province, where the population is predominantly ethnic Somali, is home to 15 percent of the Muslim population. Sixty percent of the Muslim population lives in Coast Province, comprising 50 percent of the total population there. Western areas of Coast Province are mostly Christian. The upper part of Eastern Province is home to 10 percent of the country's Muslims, where they are the majority religious group. Apart from a small ethnic Somali population in Nairobi, the rest of the country is largely Christian.

    Upper Eastern, North Eastern, and Coast Provinces, which together are home to approximately 75 percent of the Muslim population, have less developed infrastructure, lower levels of education, and higher levels of poverty and unemployment than many other parts of the country. The new coalition Government created a Ministry of the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands to specifically redress this situation. The Minister is a Muslim from the North Eastern Province.


    Sources

    1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

    3.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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