Taita Taveta at a glance

GEOGRAPHY

Located in the Coastal region of Kenya, it borders Makueni, Kitui and Tana River counties to the North, Kilifi and Kwale Counties to the East, Republic of Tanzania to the South and South-west, and Kajiado County to the North West.

Area (Km 2): 17,084.1 Km 2

Climate/Weather: The county experiences an annual mean rainfall of 650mm per annum with temperatures averaging 23 0C.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (151.8 Km), Gravel Surface (138.2 Km), Earth Surface (663 Km)

Key National Monument(s): None

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POPULATION

Population: 284,657 (Male – 51.1%, Female – 48.9%)
Population Density: 17 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 0.7 %
Annual Growth Rate: 1.74%
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (37.7 %), 15-64 years (56.9 %), 65+ years (5.4 %)
Number of Households: 71,060

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GOVERNMENT

County Capital: Wundanyi Town (proposed)

Number of Constituencies (2010): 4 (Taveta, Wundanyi, Voi, and Mwatate)

Registered Voters: 89,089

National percentage: 0.7 %

Number of Districts (2009): 4 (Taveta, Taita, Mwatate and Voi)

Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (Town Council of Taveta, County Council of Taita, Municipal County of Voi)

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ECONOMICS

Poverty Level: 66 % (Absolute Poverty - Rural & Urban)

Age Dependency Ratio: 100:90

Resources: Forest, Rivers, Wildlife

Tourist Attractions: Tsavo Game Reserve, National Park, Wildlife

Financial Services: 5 Commercial Banks, 8 Micro-finance Institutions, 5 Village Banks

Main Economic Activities/industries: Sisal Farming, Horticulture, Livestock Farming

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EDUCATION

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (206), Secondary (53)

Primary: Enrolment (74,616)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:40 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (14,132) Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:25 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Over 20 Institutions

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (Not Available)

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HEALTH

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (1), Dispensaries (47), Health Centres (9), Medical Clinics (11), Nursing Homes (None), Maternity Homes (None), Others (4)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:41,000

Infant Mortality Rates: 14/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 93/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Upper Respiratory Transmitted Infections, Diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS

Notable Hospitals: Moi District Hospital in Voi, Wesu and Taveta District Hospitals

Compiled by Institute of Economic Affairs: decentralization@ieakenya.or.ke