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Isiolo County

Coordinates: 0°53′00″N 38°40′00″E / 0.883333°N 38.6667°E / 0.883333; 38.6667
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Isiolo County
Flag of Isiolo County
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
 • GovernorAbdi Ibrahim Hassan
 • Total25,336.1 km2 (9,782.3 sq mi)
 • Total268,002
 • Density11/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Isiolo County is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its population is 268,002 (2019 census)[1] and its capital and largest city is Isiolo. Isiolo County is to be the first county to be developed as part of the Kenya Vision 2030 program. Other upcoming urban centres are: Garbatulla, Modogashe, Kinna, Merti and Oldonyiro.[2]The county is home to Sakuye and Borana tribes but also has a significant number of people from Turkana, Samburu, Gabra, Garre and Meru communities.

The local topography is arid or semi-arid low plains. Ewaso Nyiro River flows through the county and partly bounds it. It borders Marsabit County to the north, Wajir County to the east, Garissa and Tana River counties to the south east, Meru County to the south, Laikipia County to the south west and Samburu County to the west.

Three different National Game Reserves are located in Isiolo County: Bisanadi National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve.[2]



Isiolo county has a total population of 268,002 persons as 2019 census and of this 139,510 are males; 128,483 are females; 9 intersex persons. There is an average size of 4.6 persons per household and a population density of 11 persons per square Km.[3]

Population by Subcounty
Subcounty No of Persons
Garbatulla 99,730
Isiolo 121,066
Merti 47,206
TOTAL 268,002

Source [1]

Historical population
1979 43,478—    
1989 70,078+61.2%
1999 100,861+43.9%
2009 143,294+42.1%
2019 268,002+87.0%

Religion in Isiolo County [5]

Religion (2019 Census) Number Percentage
Islam 193,775 69.12%
Catholicism 32,608 11.63%
Protestant 18,583 6.63%
Evangelical Churches 7,669 2.74%
African instituted Churches 1.709 0.61%
Orthodox 200 0.07%
Other Cristian 3,688 1.32%
Traditionists 8,419 3.00%
Hindu 100 0.04%
Other 932 0.33%
No ReligionAtheists 12.551 4.48%
Don't Know 69 0.02%
Not Stated 36 0.01%

Infrastructure and transport


Isiolo covered by 1,185.49 km of earth, 263.7 km of murram and 35 km of bitumen as at 2014.[6] There are 1,149 installed letter boxes, 851 rented letter boxes and vacant letter boxes.[7]

Isiolo airport is one of the key airport in the county.[8]

Administrative and political units


As of 2018, the county has two constituencies (Isiolo North Constituency and Isiolo South Constituency), three sub-counties and ten wards.[2]

There are a total of 10 county assembly wards, 71 locations and 144 sub-locations[9]

Constituency Sub-county Area (Sq. km) Ward
Isiolo North Isiolo 3,269 Wabera
Bulla Pesa
Merti 12,612 Chari
Isiolo South Garbatulla 9,819 Kinna
Total: 2 3 25,700 10

Political leadership


Abdi Ibrahim Hassan Guyo is the third governor for Isiolo and took office in 2022 and he is deputized by Dr. James Lowasa. Fatuma Dullo is the senator and also the first woman to be elected as a senator in Kenya. Mumina Bonaya is the sitting women representative for isiolo and third to hold the office.[10]



There are 213 ECD centres with enrolment of 5148 pupils, 124 primary schools of which 107 are public and 17 are private schools. 23 secondary schools are spread across the county of which 16 are public and 7 are private schools.[11]

Furthermore, there are two youth polytechnics, three tertiary institutions and two vocational training centres in the county.[12]



There are three hospitals in Isiolo County, two of which are government owned. One hospital is a faith based organisation. There are also five health centres, thirty three dispensaries, and three clinics.

Isiolo county has a total of 214 medical personnel of different cadre ranging from doctors to biochemists.[13]



The four main crops planted in Isiolo are maize, beans, sorghum and green grams. Livestock is also sold and the four animals kept are cattle (indigenous), cattle (dairy), camels, sheep, and goats.

A total of 178 ponds were in various places in the county in 2014.[14][15]


Stats for Isiolo County
Stats for the County (Per cent)
Attending School (15-18 Yrs)
Paved Roads
Good Roads
Electricity Access
Poverty Rate

Stats for the County

Source: USAid Kenya

Notable people

  • Hon. Fatuma Adan Dullo, first female senator in kenya and current senator of isiolo county.
  • Hon. Godana Doyo, First governor of Isiolo County.
  • Hon. Rehema Jaldesa former women representative of Isiolo County.
  • Hon. Dr Mohammed Kuti, The longest servicing politician from isiolo county, served 2 terms as a member of parliament, Served one term as a senator and became the 2nd governor of isiolo County.
  • Hon. Abdi Ibrahim Hassan, former Nairobi county assembly majority leader, the third and current governor of isiolo county.

See also



  1. ^ a b "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume I: Population by County and Sub-County". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Isiolo County Integrated Development Plan, CIDP 2018-2022" (PDF). County Government of Isiolo. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Munene, Evans (4 November 2019). "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Results". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics
  5. ^ "2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume IV: Distribution of Population by Socio-Economic Characteristics" (PDF). Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Kenya Rural Roads Authority". kerra.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Postal Corporation of Kenya". posta.co.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Isiolo Airport > Kenya Airports Authority". Kenya Airports Authority. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  9. ^ IEBC. "The Report of the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission (IIBRC): Delimitation of Constituencies and Recommendations on Local Authority Electoral Units and Administrative Boundaries for Districts and Other Units" (PDF). IEBC. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Women Representatives | KEWOPA KENYA". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Ministry of Education". education.go.ke. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  12. ^ Isiolo County. "Isiolo County Integrated Development Plan CIDP 2018-2022" (PDF). Isiolo County. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Health – County Government of Isiolo". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  14. ^ "AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK & FISHERIES – County Government of Isiolo". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Publications". Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

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