1] For information on Kenya in general, the reader is referred to ASCL Country Portal on Kenya.
2] Hoorweg J., Foeken D. & Obudho R. eds. (2000). Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, resources and development in the East African littoral. Hamburg: LIT Verlag.
3] The academic disciplines included here are anthropology, demography, economics, education, geography, history, languages, law, political science, religion and sociology. There is also room for other disciplines insofar as they have a strong human behavioural component, particularly if they are related to agriculture, health and the environment.
4]  For purposes of definition, the coastal region is taken to extend 150 km inland from the Indian Ocean, roughly along a line from Taveta to Galole, including Taita Taveta county, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu and Tana Delta. The region covers an area of 150 km by 450 km and is home to about 10% of Kenya’s population. The definition overlaps with the administrative unit of Coast Province, with the exception of two districts, namely (Upper) Tana and Ijara. The (Upper) Tana River District belongs to Coast Province administratively but lies outside the 150 km. boundary. It covers a land area of 22,823 km2, has a population of 143,411 and a population density of 6 people/km2. Ijara sub-county, on the other hand, is located within the 150 km. limit but falls under North Eastern Province administratively. It has a land area of 9,817 km2, a population of 92,663 and a population density of 9 people/km2.
5] The 'Reviews' and 'Books, Reports and Dissertations' sections contain documents in enhanced PDF format with smart page numbering, detailed bookmarks and crosslinks. Since different browsers use different PDF viewers, the presentation of PDF files may not always be optimal. To achieve enhanced document presentation, readers are advised to use Adobe Acrobat Reader as their PDF viewer. This application can be downloaded free of charge from Once installed, Acrobat Reader can be used to open any files that have been downloaded from the Kenya Coast Portal.
6] The 24 reviews in this section were originally published as chapters in the Kenya Coast Handbook. They are presented here in a different layout from that used in the original version.
7] Compilation of bibliographic references started in 1994 with the library collection at the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), i.e. African Studies Abstracts (1976 onwards) and ASCL Acquisitions (1978 onwards). Relevant publications and texts were examined for references concerning the Kenya Coast. Publications that were not available in the ASCL library and were published after 1980 were requested from elsewhere and examined for additional entries. The bibliographies by Norgaard (Kenya in the Social Sciences, 1980), Webster (A Bibliography on Kenya, 1967), Wilding (Swahili Bibliography of the East African Coast, 1990) and Waaijenberg (unpublished) were also checked for relevant titles. Further sources included the International African Bibliography (1973 onwards) and the Africa Bibliography (1984 onwards).
8] Time series before 2000 are presented here at five-yearly intervals.
9] In the case of Coast Province, 6 districts have usually been distinguished over the years. By 2009, most of the original districts had been split up into 2 or 3 smaller districts. In all, the number increased to 13 districts, with some keeping their old name after being reduced in size, while other districts were given new names. However, the government decided to superimpose 6 counties on the districts that existed in 2010. These counties correspond with the original districts of the same name. In summary, this has resulted in the following combinations of counties and districts:
=  Kilifi County combines Kaloleni District, Kilifi District and Malindi District
=  Kwale County combines Kinango District, Kwale District and Msambweni District
=  Mombasa County combines Kilindini District and Mombasa District
=  Lamu County covers Lamu District
=  Taita Taveta County combines Taita District and Taveta District
=  Tana River County combines Tana Delta District and Tana River District
It should be noted that in the compilation of the statistical information, the editor has chosen to present the 2009 census results for the 6 counties. The figures have been recalculated from the 13 district figures listed in the original source documents. This is particularly relevant in Tables 1.2 - 3.1 - 3.2 - 8.0 - 8.4 - 8.5 and 8.6. 
10] Kenya Government (1948 onwards), Kenya Population Census. Nairobi: Central Bureau of Statistics.
11] Kenya Government (1948 onwards), Statistical Abstract. Nairobi: Central Bureau of Statistics.
12] Foeken D. & Owuor S.O. (2000). Facts and Figures. In Hoorweg J., Foeken D. & Obudho R. eds. Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, resources and development in the East African littoral. (pp.411-431). Hamburg: LIT Verlag.