County Overview

 Located in Eastern Kenya, it borders the following counties; Tharaka Nithi to the North, Kitui to the East, Machakos to the South, Muranga to the South West, Kirinyaga to the West, and Meru to the North West.


Area: 2,818 KM2

Climate/Weather: The temperature ranges from a minimum of 12 °C to a maximum of 27.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1495mm.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (120 Km), Gravel Surface (402 Km), Earth Surface (914.3 Km)

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Mbeere south
Mbeere north



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

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 Some Strengths of Embu County include:

• Natural resources as wildlife, livestock, arable land, water, pasture, forests, hills, Mwea Rice Irrigation which is the largest producer of rice in Kenya

• Tourist Attractions as waterfalls- Mbui Njeru waterfalls & Nthenge Njeru waterfalls , Kimiriri and Karue Hills

Main Economic Activities include dairy farming, coffee, tea, pyrethrum Maize, Beans, Yams, Cassava, Millet, Sorghum, Bananas and rice

Potential Minerals: garnet, beryl, muscovite, graphite, asbestos, iron ore

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (494), Secondary (147)


• Enrollment: (125,418)

• Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:32 (Public Schools)


• Enrollment: (27,173)

• Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:23 (Public Schools)


Tertiary: Over 15 (Includes a University Affiliate College, Youth Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Technical Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges)

Adult Literacy Classes

• Enrollment: Over 1,500

Health Facilities: 133 – Provincial General Hospital (1), District Hospitals (2), Sub- District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (74), Health Centres (12), Medical Clinics (34), Nursing Homes (2), Maternity Home (1), Others (5)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:10,474 (Embu), 1:57,000 (Mbeere)

Infant Mortality Rates: 56/1000 (Embu), 71/1000 (Mbeere)

Under Five Mortality Rates: 6/1000 (Embu), 119/1000 (Mbeere)

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, URTI, Skin Diseases, Intestinal Worms, Eye Infections, Diarrhoea

Notable Hospitals: Embu Provincial General Hospital, Mbeere District Hospital, Runyenjes District Hospital

County Financial Information

County Fees and Charges

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County Revenue Law Status

Legislation Status
County Trade Licensing Act Passed but zero implementation
County Property Rating Bill In the County Assembly
County Revenue Administration Bill In the County Assembly
County Public Participation Bill In the County Assembly.
Agricultural Produce Cess Bill Not yet tabled for debate.
Revenue Bill Status for Counties as at 15th May, 2017. Source: Commission for Revenue Allocation.