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How Big Is Kenya Compared To Texas?

Kenya and Texas are culturally, historically, and geographically distinct regions that represent completely different worlds.

This makes comparing the two rather intriguing, especially with regard to size. Texas is a state located in South Central US, while Kenya is a country located in East Africa.

Let’s examine the relative scope of the two territories in terms of size, population, and global significance.

Size Comparison

Is Kenya bigger than Texas?

When contrasting the two territories in terms of size, it is vital to consider their topographies.

Kenya is bordered by Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and the Indian Ocean.

Its main natural wonders include Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake), The Great Rift Valley, and Mount Kenya.

By contrast, Texas is bordered by Mexico, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Extensive desserts, sandy beaches, woodlands, and mountains make up the state’s varied landscape.

First off, Kenya has a total area of 580,646 square kilometers (224,081 square miles) and ranks as the 48th largest nation in the world.

By contrast, Texas is the second-largest state in the United States, with a total area of about 695,662 square kilometers (268,596 square miles).

The difference in land coverage is 115,295 square kilometers (44,515 square miles) and, as a result, Kenya’s land area is nearly 19% smaller than Texas.

CountryArea (Square Kilometers)Area (Square Miles)

Population Comparison

How does Kenya’s population compare to Texas’s?

According to World Bank Data, Kenya’s population as of January 1 2023 is estimated to be 54.9 million.

Texas population, on the other hand, is estimated to be around 30 million (based on January 1 2023 data from the United States Census Bureau).

Kenya is the 29th most populous country globally, and the third-largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa.

By contrast, Texas is the second-largest US state (after Alaska) and second populous (after California).

Additionally, Kenya has twice as much population density (89 persons per square kilometer) as Texas (42 persons per square kilometer).

CountryPopulation (as of January 1, 2023)Population Density (Persons per square kilometer)

Global Significance

Like Kenya, Texas state is a massive economy with significant contributions to the region.

Kenya’s economic pillars are anchored on Tourism, Industry, and Agriculture, whereas technology, healthcare, oil and gas, and gambling sectors make up the bulk of Texas’s robust economy.


Capital cityNairobiAustin
Official languagesEnglish, SwahiliEnglish
Time zoneEast Africa Standard Time (UTC + 3)Central Standard Time (UTC – 6)
CurrencyKenyan ShillingUS Dollar
Driving sideLeftRight
ISO 3166 CodeKEUS-TX
Geological Coordinates1° 0′ 0″ N, 38° 0′ 0″ E31° 0′ 0″ N, 99° 0′ 0″ W

Final Verdict

Kenya and the state of Texas have distinct geographies, topographies, and cultures.

Despite the two territories being vastly different, they do share certain similarities with respect to size and regional importance.

Kenya is more populous and has twice as much population density as Texas.

 The latter is, however, larger in terms of land area.

Nonetheless, both regions have sizeable industries that not only support local economies but are of great global significance.

Kenyalogue Contributor


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