Laikipia County

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Laikipia County
Flag of Laikipia County
Coat of arms of Laikipia County
Coat of arms
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4th 2013
Capitalpresently Nanyuki proposed Rumuruti
 • GovernorNdiritu Muriithi
 • Total8,696.1 km2 (3,357.6 sq mi)
 • Total399,227 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Laikipia County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located on the Equator in the former Rift Valley Province of the country. Laikipia is a cosmopolitan county and is county number 31. The county has two major urban centres: Nanyuki to the southeast, and Nyahururu to the southwest. Its capital is Rumuruti.

Economic activity in the county consists mainly of tourism and agriculture, chiefly grain crops, ranching and greenhouse horticulture.

The county encompasses the high, dry Laikipia Plateau, and has a cool, temperate climate with both rainy and dry seasons. The county borders Nyandarua, Nyeri, Samburu and Baringo counties.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Urban Areas
Authority Type Population*
Nanyuki Municipality 56,421
Nyahururu Municipality 58,943
Rumuruti Town 37,810
Kinamba County 2,658
Total - 155,832
* Laikipia CIDP 2015 projections. Source: [1]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Central 77,478 28,489 Nanyuki
Lamuria 38,517 0 Lamuria
Mukogondo 13,176 624 Dol Dol
Ngarua 65,545 2,813 Kinamba
Nyahururu 37,412 22,459 Nyahururu
Olmoran 11,069 0
Rumuruti 78,894 4,061 Rumuruti
Total 322,187 58,466 -
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],

The county has three constituencies:


Historical population
1979 134,524—    
1989 218,957+62.8%
1999 322,187+47.1%
2009 399,227+23.9%

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Coordinates: 0°5′N 36°40′E / 0.083°N 36.667°E / 0.083; 36.667