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Wajir County is located in North Eastern Kenya. The county covers an area of 56,685.8 sq Km. It has a mean annual temperature of 28 °C with rainfall amounts ranging between 250mm and 700mm per annum in different parts of the county. The administrative headquarters of the county is Wajir Town.
Economy of Wajir County
The main economic activity in Wajir County is pastrolism with some agro-pastrolism being practised in the Northern part of the county. The large tracts of land in the county provide the grazing pastures for the large camel and cattle herds present in the county.
Rain-fed agriculture is practised on a small scale basis in the higher altitude regions. Groundwater harvesting from numerous wells, earth pans, dams and boreholes is also undertaken due to the high water table.
The county has mineral resources such as limestone and sand. It also has solar and wind energy potential.
Geography of Wajir County
Wajir County is located in North Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Mandera to the North and North East, The Republic of Somalia to the East, Garissa to the South and South West, Isiolo and Marsabit to the West, and the Republic of Ethiopia to the North West.
Area of Wajir County: (Km 2): 56,685.8 Km 2
Climate/Weather in Wajir County: Wajir has a mean annual temperature of 28 °C with rainfall amounts ranging between 250mm and 700mm per annum in different parts of the county.
Road Network in Wajir County: Bitumen Surface (Not Available), Gravel Surface (63 Km), Earth Surface (1,818.2 Km)
Key National Monument(s) Wajir County: Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site
Population of Wajir County
Population: 661,941 (Male – 55 %, Female –45 %)
Population Density: 12 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.71 %
Annual Growth Rate: 3.7 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (51.8 %), 15-64 years (45.9 %), 65+ years (2.2 %)
Number of Households: 88,574
County Government in Wajir County
County Capital: Wajir Town (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)
Registered Voters: 79,695
National percentage: 0.6 %
Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Wajir North, Wajir West, Wajir East and Wajir South)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 1 (Wajir County Council)
Economy of Wajir County
Poverty Level: 84.0 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:118
Resources: Wildlife, Livestock, Water, Pasture, Minerals (Limestone, Sand & Stones), Wind & Solar Energy
Tourist Attractions: Wajir Museum, Wagalla Massacre Site, Orpahey Wells, British & Italian War Bunkers, Old Court House, Yahut Dam, Old Court House
Financial Services: 2 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock Keeping and Trading, Commercial Businesses
Agricultural products: Livestock Products
Education in Wajir County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (125), Secondary (17)
Primary: Enrolment (28,481)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:58 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (2,908)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:21 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Information Not Available
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Data Not Available)
Health in Wajir County
Health Facilities: 88 – District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (42), Health Centres (17), Medical Clinics (21), Nursing Homes (2)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:356,340
Infant Mortality Rates: 98/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 90/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Urinary Tract Infections, Diarrhoea, and Malnutrition
Notable Hospitals: Bute, Griftu, Habaswein, and Wajir Districts Hospitals.
Contact Wajir County
Wajir County Government
Airport Road, Governor’s Office
P.O Box 9, Wajir, 70200, Kenya
+254 (0) 20-555-5555