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Kisumu (formerly known as Port Florence) is a port city in Kisumu County, Kenya. It is the size of 1,131 m (3,711 ft), with a population of 409,928 according to the 2009 census. It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya, the immediate former capital of Nyanza Province and the headquarters of Kisumu County. It has a municipal charter but no city charter. It is the largest city in Nyanza region and second most important city after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin.
The port was founded in 1901 as the main inland terminal of the Uganda Railway named “Port Florence”. Although trade stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s, it is again growing around oil exports.
Kisumu literally means a place of barter trade “sumo”. The city has “Friendship” status with Cheltenham, United Kingdom, and “sister city” status with Roanoke, Virginia and Boulder, Colorado, United States.