Nairobi

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
70/263
Details
Large apartment$995.43
Medium apartment$774.65
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$553.88

Cost of Living

8
46/261
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$2.80
A beer$1.70
A kilogram of Apples$2.60
Bread$0.26
Inflation [score]0.84
Lunch$5.60
Monthly fitness club membership$53.00
Monthly public transport$37.00
Movie ticket$6.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$36.17

Startups

6
54/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups18
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.55
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.27
Meetups groups63
Meetups members15008
Number of investors27
Number of startup events in the last 12 months161
Number of upcoming meetup events8
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events14
Startup events28
Startup events [score]0.43
Startups [score]0.71
Total number of startups163

Venture Capital

4
82/228
Details
Funding accelerator names88mph - Kenya
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.45

Travel Connectivity

2
158/260
Details
Airport hub72
Airport hub [score]0.36
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.10

Commute

4
243/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Kenya/Nairobi
Traffic handling [score]0.10

Business Freedom

3
249/259
Details
Business freedom48.60
Business freedom [score]0.12
Freedom from corruption25.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.10
Lack of labor restrictions62.20
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.49
Time to open a business22.00
Time to open a business [score]0.76

Safety

6
189/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.27
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year33
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.10
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.54

Healthcare

4
252/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.62
Healthcare quality [score]0.42
Life expectancy (years)63.37
Life expectancy [score]0.10

Education

1
227/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Nairobi
Best university ranking801
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

3
228/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.35
Cleanliness [score]0.21
Drinking water quality [score]0.25
Urban greenery [score]0.58

Economy

4
172/258
Details
Currency for urban areaKES
GDP growth rate0.05
GDP growth rate [score]0.78
GDP per capita$3084.43
GDP per capita [score]0.10

Taxation

5
95/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.66
Income tax level [score]0.37
Profit tax (% of profit)0.37
Time overhead to file company taxes196
VAT (Sales Tax)0.16

Internet Access

3
230/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)13.07
Internet access (download) [score]0.32
Internet access (upload) [score]0.22
Upload speed (Mbps)4.85

Leisure & Culture

3
244/263
Details
Art galleries55
Art galleries [score]0.57
Cinemas92
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs21
Comedy clubs [score]0.58
Concert venues85
Concerts [score]0.40
Historical sites19
Historical sites [score]0.22
Museums11
Museums [score]0.35
Performing art venues58
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues28
Sports [score]0.52
Zoos6
Zoos [score]0.65

Tolerance

5
220/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.08
LGBT Equality Index11.67
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.10
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consentN/A
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.86

Outdoors

5
141/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.82
Median peak in meters2451.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1684.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Nairobi are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Nairobi will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$592$1,399
$995
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$53
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$40
Monthly public transport$37
Lunch$6
-57%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$14,633
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.40
Guns per 100 people
33
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Nairobi in position 236 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Nairobi


The capital of Kenya and the largest city is Nairobi with a population of nearly four million.

This city on the Nairobi River is not only the largest and fastest growing in Kenya but one of the largest in Africa.

The word Nairobi derives from a water hole known in Maasai as Enkare Nyorobi, which means "cool waters". Nairobi, which had been a swamp area, was founded in 1899 as a railway camp for the Uganda Railway. By 1905, the city had become the capital of Kenya (then the British East Africa Protectorate), supplanting Mombasa and Machakos, the previous capitals. With the spread of plagues in the early 1900s, the town was burnt down and had to be rebuilt. Having a railway helped it to grow rapidly, becoming the second largest city in Kenya behind Mombasa. Nairobi also grew due to administration and tourism businesses (mostly big game hunting).

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