The county borders Kakamega County to the north, Nandi the East, Kisumu to the south, and Siaya to the west.
Has an annual average rainfall of between 1,800mm and 2,000 mm with an average temperature of 24 0C.
Bitumen surface (135km), gravel surface (212.3km), earth surface (315km)
Population density: 1,045 people per km2
National percentage: 1.44 per cent
Annual growth rate: 3.3 per cent
County capital: Mbale Town (pro- posed)
Constituencies: Emuhaya, Luanda, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga.
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
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).