Marsabit County

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Marsabit County
Marsabit Landscape
Marsabit Landscape
Flag of Marsabit County
Flag
Coat of arms of Marsabit County
Coat of arms
Location of Marsabit County in Kenya
Location of Marsabit County in Kenya
Coordinates: 2°19′N 37°58′E / 2.317°N 37.967°E / 2.317; 37.967Coordinates: 2°19′N 37°58′E / 2.317°N 37.967°E / 2.317; 37.967
Country Kenya
FormedMarch 4, 2013
CapitalMarsabit
Largest townMoyale
Other townsSololo
Government
 • GovernorMohammud Ali
Area
 • Total66,923.1 km2 (25,839.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2009)[1]
 • Total291,166
 • Density4.4/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitemarsabit.go.ke

Marsabit County (up to 2010 Marsabit District) is a county of Kenya. Covering a surface area of 66.923,1 square kilometres Marsabit is the largest county in Kenya. Its capital is Marsabit and its largest town Moyale. The county has a population of 291,166.[1] It is bordered to the North by Ethiopia, to the West by Turkana County to the South by Samburu County and Isiolo County, and to the East by Wajir County.

Geography[edit]

The county is located in northern Kenya. It borders the eastern shore of Lake Turkana. Important topographical features are: Ol Donyo Ranges (2,066m) in the southwest, Mount Marsabit (1,865m) in the central part of the county, Hurri Hills (1,685m) in the northeastern part of the county, Mount Kulal (2,235m) in the northwest and the mountains around Sololo-Moyale escarpment (up to 1,400m) in the northeast. The Chalbi Desert makes up much of the center region of the county.[2]

Electoral constituencies[edit]

Constituencies of Marsabit County[3]
Map Constituency Name Constituency No. Approximate Population (2009) Area in km2
Marsabit-County.svg Moyale 45 103,799 9,390
North Horr 46 75,196 38,953
Saku 47 46,502 2,078
Laisamis 48 65,669 20,266
Total 291,166 70,687


Subdivisions[edit]

Marsabit County is divided into six administrative divisions:

Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Central 25,100 10,619 Marsabit
Gadamoji 12,345 0
Laisamis 24,011 2,817 Laisamis
Loiyangalani 16,965 1,054
Maikona 19,518 0 Maikona
North Horr 23,539 2,343 North Horr
Total 121,478 16,833 -
* 1999 census. Sources:,,[4][5]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1979 96,216—    
1989 129,262+34.3%
1999 174,957+35.4%
2009 291,166+66.4%
source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kenya Census 2009 - Census - Kenya". Scribd. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "About Marsabit". County Government of Marsabit. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Delimitation of Constituencies and Recommendations on Local Authority Electoral Units and Administrative Boundaries for Districts and Other Units". Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics

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