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Comparison of Nairobi Slums, Nairobi City and Kenya population figures

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Comparison of Nairobi Slums, Nairobi City and Kenya population figures I will apologise ahead of time for not giving quantitative relationships within the population pyramids; this is because the scale on the x-axis gives no reference to exactly what the numbers stand for in terms of hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands, etc - so I would feel that I would not be accurately representing the true situation if I merely used the random figures given. The population pyramid that depicts singularly the populace figures for the Nairobi slums in 2000 shows there to be consistently more younger females than younger males; which the majority of 0 - 25 year olds being female. It is only after 25 years of age that the population density balances out briefly, before favouring the male portion; this trend continues till 80+ at which point the women once again become dominant. The bulk of the inhabitants would appear to fit into two age categories of roughly equal proportions; 0 - 4 and 20 -24 being the densest for any age category. ...read more.

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There is a more equal distribution throughout this pyramid of males to females, suggesting that there are a significant number of males who do not live in the slums, and therefore can account for this new balance (or that there are noticeably less females who live outside of the slum areas.) There are many more younger people in Nairobi City than older; with more than half the population being under the age of 35 - 39; however, the life expectancy seems to be higher in the city overall than in the slums, as would be expected - with males and females living on average to 60 - 64. There are a couple of slight discrepancies in the female population, in the age categories of 30 - 34 and 45 - 49; the population dips out of the general pattern and is slightly less than would have been expected - there could simply have been less women born in this generation. Or, as a possibility, some of these women could have died in childbirth - this would explain the appreciably large number of 10 - ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a fairly equal distribution of males and females in each population age category, with neither sex being conspicuously more populous than the other. Life expectancy is high, again, and is comparable nationally to that of Nairobi city - and stands at around 65 - 69. There are again two discrepancies in the population diagram; one at 5 - 9 and one at 75 - 79 but both occur in the male and female sexes. This suggest that there could have been a famine around 75 - 79 years ago, causing a drop in the population of young children then, which has continued in that generation throughout the population pyramid to where they are now at 75 - 79. The drop in population at 5 -9 could indicate famine in that time period, pollutants in the drinking water causing still births, or simply effective birth control - it is impossible to be certain without conducting further studies. Tom Gilchrist Nairobi Cross Sectional Slum Survey 27th September ...read more.

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