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Average Nairobian spends 7 times more than poorest Kenyan - survey

Shoppers at a supermarket in Nairobi. The average person living in the city spends more than twice the national average of Sh9,237. PHOTO | FILE
Shoppers at a supermarket in Nairobi. The average person living in the city spends more than twice the national average of Sh9,237. PHOTO | FILE 

There are wide disparities in the purchasing power of individuals and families living in different counties, a domestic consumption analysis by Nation Newsplex and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) reveals.

Residents of Nairobi have the highest spending power. With an average monthly consumption per person of Sh19,625, the average person living in the city spends more than twice the national average of Sh9,237.

In contrast, with a monthly average spending per person of Sh2,705, the spending power of the average resident of Wajir, the lowest ranked county, is three times less than the national average and seven times less than the Nairobi resident.

The huge inequality in the consumption and spending power among people in different counties is manifested in the fact that 33 counties - 70 per cent of all devolved units - have per person spending averages that are below the national average.

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