The County Government of Kiambu has initiated the process for elevating Ruiru town into a City in accordance with provisions of the Urban Areas and Cities Act.

According to the 2019 National Census, Ruiru town has more than 490,000 people, making it the fourth most populous town in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru. Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Lands and Physical Planning Ms. Farida Karoney requesting for review of the town’s status. The Cabinet Secretary is expected to form an Ad hoc committee that will review the boundaries and pass a resolution on whether or not to qualify the town for the city status.

The town registered a drastic rise in population growth from 238, 858 people in 2009 owing to shortage of affordable housing in Nairobi, infrastructure development along Thika superhighway and the Eastern Bypass. Kiambu County Government through Kenya Urban Support Program in collaboration with the World Bank has stepped up an ambitious push to ensure the busy town has facilities that match city status. So far, the municipality has received Sh. 484 million since year 2018/2019 which has been used in renovation of parking spaces, tarmacking of link roads within the town, installation of solar and electric lights to facilitate better and secure movement of persons even at night. The devolved unit, jointly with the World Bank also acquired a new fire engine which will boost firefighting and disaster preparedness in the Municipality.

Ruiru town also prides in hosting major investment projects such as Tatu City, a 5000-acre mixed-use development with Special Economic Zone status, an upcoming Notherlands City, a mega urban development comprising residential, industrial and commercial units and all-time railway services