The total population of Elgeyo-Marakwet County is 454,480 persons, of this 227,317 are females, 227,151 males and 12 intersex persons. Thre are. 99,861 households in the county with an average size of 4.5 persons per household with a density population of 150 persons per square km.
Geography, geology and topography – Elgeyo-Marakwet County
Escarpment panorama viewed from Iten View PointPopulation density in Elgeyo markwet county
The Kerio River binds the county on the eastern side. From its alluvial plain the topography gradually rises towards the west. The Elgeyo Escarpment stands out distinctly and causes elevation differences of up to 1,500 m. In the northern and southern part of the county the topography is rugged, giving way to more subdued relief differences going westwards. The underlying geology mainly consists of gneisses from the Basement System. The Cherangany Hills rise gently to form the western half of the Great Rift Valley and extend northwest in a broken chain to Mount Moroto in Uganda. Non-volcanic in origin, the Cherangany Hills resulted from subsequent erosion of the raised western ridge of the Eastern Rift Valley. The range is approximately 30 miles (48 km) long and 25 miles (40 km) wide and averages 9,000 feet (2,700 metres) in height; its highest point reaches more than 11,000 feet (3,370 metres). Many of the summits are covered with huge groundsels and lobelias. Some of the hills include Kameleogon (3581 m), Chebon (3375 m), Chepkotet (3370 m), Alaleigelat (3350 m) and Sodang (3211 m).
Temperatures range from a minimum of 12°C which is extremely cold with mists and even frost to some extent to a maximum of 22 °C. Rainfall ranges annually from 800 to 2300 mm High above sea level.⁵
Religion and ethnicity – Elgeyo-Marakwet County
The county is mainly occupied by Keiyo, Sengwer also called Cherangany and Marakwet are part of the larger ethnic grouping of eight culturally and linguistically related ethnic groups known as the Kalenjin Marakwet is a sub-tribe of the Kalenjin. It is made up of the sub-dialects Almoo, Endoow, Markweta (the sub-dialect giving rise to the common name), and Sombirir (Borokot) who presently predominantly live in Marakwet District in the North Rift Valley Province. Some now live in Trans Nzoia East and Uasin Gishu North districts and in other towns. The name Keiyo or Elgeyo has been used interchangeably to describe the Keiyo people. The latter name is disputed as a corruption of the true name, which was coined by the Uasin-Gishu Maasai, who were the Keiyo’s neighbours in the mid-9th century at the western side of Eldoret.
Administrative and Political Units
Elgeyo – Marakwet is divided into 4 sub-counties, 20 county assemblies wards, 68 locations and 199 sub-locations. Below is the distribution of the county assemblies wards.
No. of Wards
County government – Elgeyo-Marakwet County
As of 2015, the County Governor was Alex Tolgos,the Senator was Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen, and County Women Representative was Susan Kipketer Chebet, all of the United Republican Party, an affiliate of the Jubilee Alliance. The county has four constituencies in the National Assembly, and twenty ward seats in its County Assembly. The Speaker was Albert Kochei.
County Executive Committee
Education and Technical Training
Trade, Co-operatives, Energy and Tourism
Public Works and Transport
Water, Physical Planning and Natural Resources
Youth, Sports, Women and Social Services
Agriculture,Livestock and Fisheries
County Ward Representatives – Elgeyo-Marakwet County
Kiptire Benson Kibet
Suter Paul Kipkemoi
Kirop Festus Korir
Kiprono Kipketer David
Koech Philemon Kiptoo
Chesingany William Cheruiyot
Christopher Kibor Kimutai
Lagat Kenneth Kibet
Cheboiboch Christopher Kangogo
Keitany Vincent Kiptoo
Kigen Thomas Kipkorir
Kibet Tecla Jerotich
Kipchumba Vincent Kipruto
Cheruiyot Gilbert Kaptugen
Boit Wilson Kipketer
Rael Jepiwott Limo
There are a total of 129 health facilities in the county with an averages of 3.7 km access distance from one health centre to another.The county has 626 medical personnel cutting across different of medical profession.
Transport and Communication
The is covered with 292.1 km of earth, 1,415.3 km of murram and 92.2 km of bitumen. As at 2014 there were 8 postal offices across the county with 1,600 installed letter boxes, 1,112 rented letter boxes and 488 vacant letter boxes.
Economic activity in the county is characterized by mixed farming, which consists mainly of livestock and subsistence farming. Other activities include small business, tourism and fluorspar mining in Kerio Valley. Oil Prospecting by Tullow Oil Company is ongoing in Kerio Valley.
As at 2014 county had 62,190,000 cattle, 7,220,000 goats and 10,232,000 sheep.
There are a total of 554 ECD centres, 418 primary schools and 112 secondary schools in the county.
No. of Public
No. of Private
Number of Institutions (2007)
Primary (373), Secondary (75)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio
1: 36 (Public Schools)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio
1:30 (Public Schools)
1 Teacher Training College, 3 Vocational Training Centers
Adult Literacy Classes
Enrolment (Data Not available)
Notable Secondary SchoolsKEIYO NORTHthe st.Patrick’s High School (Iten, Kenya)Chebara Boys High SchoolSingore Girls Secondary SchoolTambach Boys High Schoolkipsoen boyskessup girlsst alphonsus muteist peters kapkoi daySt Francis kimuronAnin mixed Secondarychepsigot mixedKEIYO SOUTHMaria soti educational centresimotwo boyskipsaos boyskapkenda girlsmetkei girlsour lady of victory kaptagatst agatha mokwost marys boys kitanyst joseph kipsaina girlsKoptega girlsLelboinet boysBiwott mixed day
113 – Referral Hospitals (1),District Hospital (1), Sub-District Hospitals (5), Dispensaries (89), Health Centres (15), Medical Clinics (1), Others (1)
Doctor to Population Ratio:
1:50,000 (Marakwet), 1:156,471 (Keiyo)
Infant Mortality Rates:
Under Five Mortality Rates:
Malaria, Diarrhoea, Bronchopneumonia and respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections
Africa Inland Church Kapsowar Hospital.Iten Referral Hospital.Chebiemit District HospitalKocholwo Sub-County HospitalKaptarakwa Sub-County HospitalTot Sub-County Hospital
Major sports activity
The county is notable for its long-standing tradition of producing top athletes who have represented Kenya in many international athletics events.Kenyan and foreign athletes train at Iten Elgeyo Marakwet County
Notable sport personalities
Notable Athletes hailing from this county include;
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