Location: 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°C to 27°C.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface 73 Km, Gravel & Earth Surface 409 Km - (Kisii Central District)
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
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
1997: KANU (South Mugurango, Bomachoge – DP)
2002: FORD PEOPLE
2007: PNU (Bonchari, Bobasi, Kitutu Chache - ODM)
Highest: 67% (1997 Elections)
Lowest: 54% (1992 Elections)
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).
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.
CRA Allocation: 3,581,287,040
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (1,101), Secondary (363)
Primary: Total Enrollment (273,111)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 41 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Total Enrollment (60,098)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:27.7 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: Over 70 (Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics)
Adult Literacy Classes: Total Enrollment (Over 1,600)
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, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, HIV/Alds
Notable Hospitals: Gucha and Kisii District Hospitals and Tabaka Mission Hospital.
Bananas are largely grown in the area
Fibre optic cable have been laid in Kisii which will open up the area’s ICT business
Soapstone is mined in the area and brings the county substantial income
Vigilantes like the Sungusungu hail from Kisii
Education standards have recently dropped dramatically
Topped the recently released bribery index
Harassment by local council officers