County Overview

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: 25,336.1 KM2

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.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (11 Km), Gravel Surface (87.6 Km), Earth Surface (289 3 Km)

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Isiolo north
Isiolo south



As of 2009 Census


Surface Area

As of 2016


Share of Urban Population

As of 2009 Census


Population Density

As of 2009 Census


Poverty Rate

As of 2016

No data

Some Strengths of Isiolo County include:

• Natural resources as Forests, wildlife, minerals, building sand, water, pasture and land

• Tourist Attractions as Buffalo Springs, Shaba and Bisanadi Game Reserves and the Lewa Downs Conservancy.

Main Economic Activities include Pastoralism, subsistence agriculture, small-scale trade and limited harvesting of gum Arabica resin

• Building of the 501 km Isiolo-Moyale highway, which links Kenya to Ethiopia, is currently on-going with 136km from Isiolo to Merille so far complete

Potential Minerals: graphite, sapphire, feldspar, muscovite, kaoline, beryl, copper, corundum, garnet, bismuth, silica, iron ore, pyrite

Number of institutions (2007): Primary (91), Secondary (11), Tertiary (1)


Enrollment: (24,004)

• Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 38.6 (Public Schools)


• Enrollment: (2,155)

• Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 26 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: 1 (Isiolo Youth Polytechnic)

Adult Literacy Classes

• Enrollment: (1,158)

 Health Facilities: Dispensaries (24), Health centres (1), District Hospitals (1)

Infant Mortality Rates: 43/1000

Under five Mortality Rates: 56/1000

County Financial Information

County Fees and Charges

No Matching Results

County Revenue Law Status

Legislation Status
Trade Licensing Bill Executive
Public Participation Bill Executive
Revenue Administration Bill Executive
Rating Bill Executive
Finance Bill Executive
Revenue Bill Status for Counties as at 15th May, 2017. Source: Commission for Revenue Allocation.