Location: Located in the upper Eastern region of Kenya. lt borders seven counties with Garissa to the East, Wajir to the North East, Meru to the South West, Samburu to the East and Marsabit to the North West, with Kitui and Tana River counties to the South West and South East respectively.
Area (Km 2): 25,336.1 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Temperatures range from minimum of between 12 degrees C to a maximum of - 28 degrees C. Rainfall ranges from 150mm to 650 mm per annum typical of ASALs in Kenya.
- Bitumen Surface (11 Km),
- Gravel Surface (87.6 Km),
- Earth Surface (289 3 Km)
- Male - 51%
- Female - 49 %
Population Density: 5.66 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 0.37 %
Annual Growth Rate: 1 45%
- 0-14 years (44 %)
- 15-64 years (52 %)
- 65+ years (4%)
County Capital: Islolo Town (proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 2 (Isiolo North and Isiolo South)
Registered Voters: 33,434
Highest: 72% (2007 Elections)
Lowest: 57% (1992 Elections)
National percentage: 0.27 %
Number of Districts (2009): 2 (lsiolo and Garbatulla)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 1 (County Council of Isiolo)
Poverty level: 71 % of population live below poverty line.
Age Dependency Ratio: 103
Resources: Forests, wildlife, minerals, building sand, water, pasture and land.
Tourist Attractions: Buffalo Springs, Shaba and Bisanadi Game Reserves and the Lewa Downs Conservancy are situated within the county.
Financial Services: 6 Commercial bank branches, 1 Micro-Finance Institution.
Main Economic Activities/Industries: Pastoralism, subsistence: agriculture, small-scale trade, and limited harvesting of gum Arabica resin.
Agricultural produce: Beef, milk and limited cultivation of crops.
CRA Allocation: 445,357,078
Number of institutions (2007): Primary (91), Secondary (11), Tertiary (1)
Primary: Total Enrolment (24,004)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 38.6 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Total Enrolment (2,155)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 26 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: 1 (Isiolo Youth Polytechnic)
Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrolment (1,158)
Health Facilities: Dispensaries (24), Health centres (1), District Hospitals (1)
Infant Mortality rates: 43/1000
Under five Mortality Rates: 56/1000
Isiolo sits right in the middle of Kenya in both a geographical and economic sense. Touted as Mwisho wa Lami (End of the Tarmac) in the past, the town is the new focus of sustained efforts to open up northern Kenya for development.
Not only will the transport corridor linking Sudan and Ethiopia pass through this county, it is also being earmarked for a major resort city development in the mould of Sharm al Sheikh in Egypt, Sun City in South Africa or Orlando in the United States.
This will come with a new international airport and extensive infrastructural developments. Isiolo sits in the middle of an expansive tourist circuit that stretches from the Mount Kenya National Reserve in the south to the Samburu Game Reserve in the north.
The private ranches in Laikipia and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are also around Isiolo.
Recently acquired the status “Resort City” and has a potential of growing economically as a result
Popular tourist destination (Buffalo Springs & Lewa Downs)
Majorly are involved in pastoralism
Ewaso Nyiro River in Isiolo County set to enhance food production in North Eastern region
The county has a history of ethnic clashes
Has one of the highest average household size of 6.1 people per household
Social and cultural practices prevent the children from attaining education and all-round awareness