Vihiga County borders Kakamega County to the North, Nandi county to the East, Kisumu county to the South, and Siaya county to the West.
Area (Km 2): 530.9 Km 2
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 (135 Km), Gravel Surface (212.3 Km), Earth Surface (315 Km)
Key National Monument(s): None
Polulation of Vihiga County
Population: 554,622 (Male – 47 %, Female – 53 %)
Population Density: 1,045 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.44 %
Annual Growth Rate: 3.3 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (44.2 %), 15-64 years (49.4 %), 65+ years (6.1 %)
Number of Households: 123,347
Government of Vihiga County
County Capital: Mbale Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Emuhaya, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga)
Registered Voters: 134,172
National percentage: 1.2 %
Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Emuhaya. Hamisi, Sabatia, and Vihiga)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (Vihiga Municipal Council, Vihiga County Council, and Luanda Town Council)
Economy of Vihiga County
Poverty Level: 62 % (Rural & Urban)
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:102
Resources: Forests, Rivers, Stone Quarry
Tourist Attractions: “Hill of Vision”
Financial Services: 4 Commercial Banks, 1 Micro-Finance Institutions,
Main Economic Activities/industries: Tea, Maize, Dairy Farming, Millet, Cassava
Education in Vihiga County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (396), Secondary (117)
Primary: Enrolment (180,112)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:45 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (36,413)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:31 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: More than 10.
Adult Literacy Classes: Not available.
Health in Vihiga County
Health Facilities: District Hospital (1), Sub-District Hospitals (None), Dispensaries (30), Health Centres (22), Medical Clinics (19), Nursing Homes (2), Others (4)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:50,000
Infant Mortality Rates: 100/1,000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 120/1,000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Tract Infections, Pneumonia
Notable Hospitals: Vihiga District Hospital, Emuhaya and Hamisi Health Centres.
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