Location: The county borders Kakamega County to the North, Nandi county to the East, Kisumu county to the South, and Siaya county to the West.
Area (Km 2): 530.9 Km 2
Climate/Weather: Has an annual average rainfall of between 1,800mm and 2,000mm with an average temperature of 24°C.
Road Network: Bitumen Surface (135 Km), Gravel surface (212.3 Km), Earth Surface (315 Km)
Population: 554,622 (Male – 47 %, Female - 53 %)
Population Density: 1,045 people per Km 2
National percentage: 1.44 %
Annual Growth Rate: 5.3 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (44.2 %), 15-64 years (49.4 %), 65+ years (6.1 %)
Number of Households: 123,347
Some Strengths of Vihiga County include:
- Natural resources as forests, rivers, stone quarry
- Tourist Attractions as Hill of Vision
- Main Economic Activities include tea, maize, dairy farming, millet , cassava
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (396), Secondary (117)
Primary: Enrollment (180,112)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:45 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrollment (36,413)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:31 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: More than 10
Adult Literacy Classes: Not available.
Health Facilities: District Hospital (1), Sub-District Hospitals (None), Dispensaries (30), Health Centres (22), Medical Clinics (19), Nursing Homes (2), Others (4)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:50,000
Infant Mortality Rates: 100/1,000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 120/1,000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Tract Infections, Pneumonia
Notable Hospitals: Vihiga District Hospital, Emuhaya and Hamisi Health Centres.