County Overview

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Laikipia County is one of the 14 counties within the Rift Valley region and one of the 47 counties in the Republic of Kenya. Laikipia County comprises three administrative sub-counties (the Constituencies) namely: Laikipia East, Laikipia North and Laikipia West. The Laikipia East Sub- County lie to the east, Laikipia North to the North and Laikipia West to the west of the County. The sub-County headquarters are at Nanyuki, Dol Dol and Rumuruti respectively. 

Laikipia County comprises four former Local Authorities namely: County council of Laikipia; Municipal council of Nanyuki; Municipal council of Nyahururu; and Town council of Rumuruti.

Laikipia County has not established structures that will define what a village is. However, the County is further sub divided into 15 divisions, 51 locations and 96 sub-locations.   

Laikipia County borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the North East, Meru County to the East, Nyeri County to the South East, Nyandarua County and Nakuru County to the South West and Baringo County to the West. It lies between latitudes 0o 18” and 0 o 51” North and between longitude 360

Some Strengths of Laikipia County include:

 

Natural resources as Indigenous Forests, Wildlife, Rivers Tourist Attractions as Ole Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau Reserve, Thompson Falls, Caves Main Economic Activities include Horticulture, Mixed Farming, Livestock Farming and sand harvesting along river beds

Some Strengths of Laikipia County include:

 

Natural resources as Indigenous Forests, Wildlife, Rivers Tourist Attractions as Ole Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau Reserve, Thompson Falls, Caves Main Economic Activities include Horticulture, Mixed Farming, Livestock Farming and sand harvesting along river beds

Number of institutions (2007): Primary (347), Secondary (91)

 

Primary: Enrolment (85,424)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:37 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (22,091)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:29 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: More than 14 Institutions

Adult Literacy Classes: Not available

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (None), Dispensaries (56), Health Centres (8), Medical Clinics (9), Nursing Homes (2), Other (3)

 

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:50,000.

Infant Mortality Rates: 50/1000.

Under Five Mortality Rates: 60/1000.

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Diarrheal diseases, Bronchopneumonia

Notable Hospitals: Rumuruti and Nanyuki District Hospitals

The county borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the Northeast, Meru County to the South, Nyeri to the South, Nyandarua County to the Southwest, and Baringo County to the west.
Area (Km 2): 9,462.0 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Has an annual relief rainfall varying between 400mm and 750mm with a mean annual temperature ranging between 160C and 260C

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (139.3 Km), Gravel Surface (353.7 Km), Earth Surface (573.4 Km)

Population: 399,227 (Male - 49.8 %, Female - 50.2 %)

 

Population Density: 42 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 1.03 %

Annual Growth Rate: 3.9 %

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (42.1 %), 15-64 years (53.8 %), 65+ years (4.0 %)

Number of Households: 103,114

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