Narok County

Coordinates: 1°15′S 35°37′E / 1.250°S 35.617°E / -1.250; 35.617
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Narok County
Hot Air Balloon Safari in Maasai Mara
Hot Air Balloon Safari in Maasai Mara
Location in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 1°15′S 35°37′E / 1.250°S 35.617°E / -1.250; 35.617
Country Kenya
Formed4 March 2013
CapitalNarok
Government
 • GovernorPatrick Keturet Ole Ntutu
Area
 • Total17,921.2 km2 (6,919.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total1,157,873[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Websitenarok.go.ke

Narok County[2] is a county in Kenya with an estimated population of 1,157,873 according to 2019 Census. The dominant ethnic group is the Maasai. Its capital and largest town is Narok, with the only other major urban centre being Kilgoris.[3] Narok County Government was formed by the County Governments Act of 2012 as prescribed in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. Narok County governor is Patrick Ole Ntutu after winning in the 2022 elections and his Deputy is Tamalinye K. Koech.[citation needed]

Along with Kisii County, Narok County has been identified as having the highest level of practice of female genital mutilation in the country, despite the practice being outlawed in 2001.[4]

Geography[edit]

Narok County is situated in the southern part of the Great Rift Valley. It lies between latitudes 0° 50' and 1° 50' South and longitude 35° 28' and 36° 25' East. The county borders the Republic of Tanzania and six other counties – Nakuru, Bomet, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori County and Kajiado.[5]

The Maasai Mara National Reserve and Mau Forest are located in the county.[3]

Economy[edit]

The main economic activities in the county include pastoralism, crop farming, tourism and trade among other activities undertaken in small scale.

As of 2018, gold production from mines located in Narok County was at 111 kg (245 lb).[6]

County subdivisions[edit]

The county has six constituencies:

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Narok Town 41,092 24,091
Narok County County 324,658 2,839
Total 365,750 26,930
* 1999 census. Source: [1]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban
population*
population
density
Area (km2) Headquarters
Central 41,162 22,488 44 935,5 Narok
Loita 15,557 0 9 1728,6
Mara 41,964 0 9 4662,7
Mau 77,686 1,898 30 2589,5
Mulot 68,432 0 95 720,3
Olokurto 44,326 837 36 1231,3
Ololulunga 53,828 0 36 1495,2 Ololulunga
Osupuko 22,795 0 12 1899,6
Total 365,750 25,233 24 (average) 15,263
* 1999 census. Sources: [2], [3],

Narok County wards[edit]

There are thirty Members of County Assembly (MCAs) representing the thirty wards at Narok County Assembly. These wards were formed in 2010 by the Boundaries Review Commission. There are six wards in Narok North Constituency, Narok South Constituency and Kilgoris Constituency respectively.

Narok West Constituency, Emurua Dikirr Constituency and Narok East Constituency each have four county wards[7]

Communities[edit]

Population[edit]

A boy running in the fields of Narok
Historical population
YearPop.±%
1979 210,306—    
1989 398,272+89.4%
1999 536,341+34.7%
2009 850,920+58.7%
2019 1,157,873+36.1%
source:[8]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenya Census 2009 – Census – Kenya". Retrieved 19 April 2018 – via Scribd.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Narok County Government | Kenya". narok.go.ke. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Narok County – County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2023". Maarifa Centre. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  4. ^ BBC News, "Kenyan Girls Flee Circumcision" (on circumcision), BBC News – In Pictures, 2003, webpage: BBC-News-In-Pictures-Kenya.
  5. ^ "About Narok County". Narok County Government. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ Michira, Moses. "Gold production in Narok doubles". The Standard. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Narok County Wards and Constituencies". maasaimedia.com. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  8. ^ Kenya: Administrative Division population statistics