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Kericho County is located in the Rift Valley. It covers an area of 2,479.0 sq Km with temperatures ranging from 16°C 27°C. Average rainfall range between 1,400 mm and 2,000mm per annum. The county has 6 Local Authorities (Kericho Municipal Council, Kipsigis and Bureti County Councils, Kipkelion, Litein, and Londiani Town councils). Kericho town is the administrative capital.
Economy of Kericho County
Kericho County is renowned for its large tea industry. Its tea is among the best in the world largely due to its good quality, flavour and fragrance. Many large tea companies are based in Kericho County and provide employment opportunities for the county’s people. Subsistence farming is also practiced in the county.
A large part of the Mau forest considered Kenya’s biggest water catchment area lies in the county. The forest gives rise to some of the major rivers that flow out ot it among them the Ewaso Ng’iro River, Sondu River, Mara River and Njoro River. Conservation efforts would see the county contribute water resources to other part of the country enhancing the national efforts of making Kenya water secure.
Kericho County is located in the Rift Valley, it borders the following counties; Nandi to the North, Uasin Gishu and Baringo to the North East, Nakuru to the East and South East, Bomet to the South, Nyamira and Homa-Bay to the South West, and Kisumu County to the West and North West.
Area (Km 2): 2,479.0 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from a minimum of 16°C to a maximum of 20°C. The average rainfall ranges between 1,400 mm and 2,000mm per annum.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (184.9 Km), Gravel Surface (96.4 Km), Earth Surface (846 Km)
Key National Monument(s): Gurudwara (Sikh place of Worship)
Population of Kericho County
Population: 758,339 (Male – 50 %, Female – 50 %)
Population Density: 306 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.96 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.4%
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (43.6 %), 15-64 years (53.4 %), 65+ years (3.0 %)
Number of Households: 160,134
Government of Kericho County
County Capital: Kericho Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Bureti, Belgut, Ainamoi, Kipkelion)
Registered Voters: 263,018
National percentage: 2.1 %
Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Kericho, Kipkelion)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 6 (Kericho Municipal Council, Kipsigis and Bureti County Councils, Kipkelion, Litein, and Londiani Town councils)
Economy of Kericho County
Poverty Level: 42.8 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:87
Resources: Mau Forest, Arable Land, Water, Livestock
Tourist Attractions: Monkey Sanctuary, Bird Watching, Chagic Botanic Garden, Mau Forest
Financial Services: 9 Commercial Banks, 4 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/Industries: Tea Growing and Processing, Dairy Farming, Horticulture and Floriculture, Wheat, Fish Farming, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural Products: Maize, Beans, Potatoes, Vegetables, Tea, Coffee
Education in Kericho County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (461), Secondary (106)
Primary: Enrolment (163,133)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 43 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (30,375)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:33 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 15 (Comprised of University Satellite Campus, Youth Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training College, Technical Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges)
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Data Not available)
Health in Kericho County
Health Facilities: 136 – District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (105), Health Centres (9), Medical Clinics (7), VCT Centres (3), Others (7)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:15,000
Infant Mortality Rates: 35/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 100/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Skin Infections, Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Notable Hospitals: Kericho, Sigowet and Londiani (District Hospitals)
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