Kisii County is located to the south east of Lake Victoria and is bordered by six counties with Narok to the south, Migori to the west, Homa Bay to the north west, Kisumu to the north, Bomet to the south east and Nyamira to the east.
Area (Km 2): 1,317.4 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Has two rainfall seasons; Short (September – November) and Long (February – June), of over 1,500mm per annum with temperatures ranging from 16 0C to 27 0C.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface 73 Km, Gravel & Earth Surface 409 Km – (Kisii Central District)
Population of Kisii County
Population: 1,152,282 (Male – 48 %, Female – 52%)
Population Density: 874.7 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 2.9 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.75% (2009)
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (45%), 15-64 years (51.6 %), 65+ years (3.4%)
Number of households: 245,029
Government of Kisii County
County Capital: Kisii Town (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 7 (Bobasi, Bonchari, Bomachoge, Kitutu Chache, Nyaribari Chache, Nyaribari Masaba, and South Mugirango)
Registered Voters: 364,892
National percentage: 2.9 %
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 11 (Town Councils of Keroka, Suneka, Masimba, Ogembo, Nyamarambe, Nyamache and Tabaka. County Councils of Kisii, Gusii, Gucha and Municipal Councils of Kisii.
Economy of Kisii County
Poverty Level: 51% of population live below poverty line
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:94
Resources: Soapstone, Arable land
Financial Services: More than 8 commercial banks, over 6 micro-finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/industries: Subsistence agriculture, vegetable farming, small-scale trade, dairy farming, tea and coffee growing, commercial businesses and soapstone carvings.
Agricultural products: Tea, coffee, bananas, tomatoes, vegetables, dairy products, maize, sugarcane.
Education in Kisii County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,101), Secondary (363),
Primary: Total Enrolment (273,111)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 41 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Total Enrolment (60,098)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 27.7 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 70 (Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics)
Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (Over 1,600)
Health in Kisii County
Health Facilities: District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (9), Dispensaries (80), Health Centres (23), Medical Clinics (12), Nursing Homes (2) Others (6)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:34,992
Infant Mortality Rates: 90/1000 (Kisii District)
Under Five Mortality Rates: 109/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, URTI infections, HIV/Aids
Notable Hospitals: Gucha and Kisii District Hospitals and Tabaka Mission Hospital.