Nyeri is a city situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya. The city happens to be the central administrative headquarters of the country’s former Central Province. Following the dissolution of the former provinces by Kenya’s new constitution on 26 August 2010, Nyeri is now the largest city in the newly created Nyeri County.
The city is situated about 150 km (a two-hour drive) north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, in the country’s densely populated and fertile Central Highlands, lying between the eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the western slopes of Mount Kenya.
The city population according to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census was 225,357. There is however a significant population of primarily Government and corporate workers who ordinarily reside in Nyeri but who, during the census, choose to be counted in their areas of origin or the areas where their families are residents.
Nyeri’s city central business district is relatively small as compared to other cities in, for instance Mombasa and Kisumu. While small business activities are vibrant, Nyeri is essentially a government administration city.
The city has a relatively low cost of living in comparison to Nairobi and other major urban centers in Kenya. Located in Kenya’s fertile highlands, food and water are plentiful and relatively cheap.