Kiambu is a town in Kiambu County, Kenya within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region. It is 14 km (8.7 mi) from the capital Nairobi. It has a population of 2,417,735 . It is the capital of the Kiambu County, which bounds the northern border of Nairobi. Other proximate towns are Ruiru (east of Kiambu), Gatundu (NE), Limuru (NW) and Kabete (SW).
Many offices are located in the metropolitan town e.g. KCB, NHIF, NSSF, KPLC, Equity Bank, Cooperative Bank, National Bank, Metropolitan Teacher’s Sacco, Family Bank etc.
Main supermarkets include; Kamindi Supermarket,Cleanshelf Supermarket,Twiga Mart,Ambrosia Food Market,Chandarana Supermarket,Rosslyn Riviera,Choppies and subar markit nifas.
The town is surrounded by mountainous Kikuyu farmland although is under urbanisation as Nairobi is growing fast and more people settle in neighbouring towns.
Kiambu is pushing the government of Kenya to build an airport in Thika-A major city in Kenya,Gatundu,Ruiru,Limuru near a mountain and Northland City
Apart from central Kiambu, there are villages such as Ndumberi, Riabai, Kihingo, Ngegu, Kanunga and Kangoya among others. The town’s administration is under the County Government of Kiambu, which came into force with the promulgation of Kenya’s constitution in 2010. Kiambu is also centre of Kiambaa, an administrative division and electoral constituency of Kiambu District.
Kiambu is seen as a future anchor to the capital city Nairobi which is undergoing rapid development with limited space for growth.Kiambu carries the heaviest population in the Central district of Kenya.It has one of the most biggest malls,roundabout and home to the FIRST TO BECOME CITY IN CENTRAL region of Kenya.
The town is a favoured location for real estate development with projects such as Migaa by Home Afrika, Riverside estate, Edenville estate,Runda palm estate,Runda paradise 1 estate,Tatu city,Village of Kenya estate,Hidden creek estate of Kenya and Four Ways Junction.
Kiambu Club, opened in 1916, is one of the oldest nine-hole golf courses in Kenya. The club also has other facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools. The club’s main lounge is in honour of Kenya’s first First Lady, also an honorary member of the club, Mama Ngina Kenyatta.
In the outskirts of Kiambu town is Kiambu High School, a nationally recognized boarding school for its performance in academics and sports.
Other high performance schools are ACK St.James Academy inside the town’s metropolitan and St.Ann Gichocho
There is also a science college i.e. Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology.
Other upcoming colleges are Pettans Driving and Computer College and Dykaan College
Churches in the town include ACK St.James Cathedral Kiambu, St.Peter and Paul Catholic church, PCEA Kiambu church, Word of Faith Kiambu church, AIC Kiambu church etc.Most of the population in Kiambu are Christians and a small percentage are either Muslims,Massais,Njemps and Arabs