2011/2012 Yearbook Devolution

38. Vihiga

The county borders Kakamega County to the north, Nandi the East, Kisumu to the south, and Siaya to the west.

Area

530.9km2

Climate/Weather

Has an annual average rainfall of between 1,800mm and 2,000 mm with an average temperature of 24 0C.

Road network

Bitumen surface (135km), gravel surface (212.3km), earth surface (315km)

Population

554,622 people

Population density: 1,045 people per km2

National percentage: 1.44 per cent

Annual growth rate: 3.3 per cent

Government

County capital: Mbale Town (pro- posed)

Constituencies: Emuhaya, Luanda, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga.

Economy

Poverty level: 62 per cent (rural and urban)

Resources: Forests, rivers, stone quarries

Tourist attractions: “Hill of Vision” Main economic activities/industries: Tea, maize, dairy farming, millet, cassava

Education

Number of institutions (2007): Primary 396, Secondary 117

Enrolment: Primary 180,112, Secondary 36,413

Teacher to pupil ratio: 1:31 (public schools)

Tertiary: More than 10

Health Health facilities: One District Hospital, sub-district hospitals (none), dispensaries (30), health centres (22), medical clinics (19), nursing homes (2), others (4).