Kilifi County is located on the coastal region. It covers an area of 12,639 sq km with temperatures ranging between 21 – 35 degrees C. and two seasons of rain. The county has 5 local authorities (Town Councils of Kilifi and Mariakani, County Councils of Kilifi and Malindi and Municipal Council of Malindi) Kilifi Town is the administrative capital.
The population of the county was estimated to be 1,217,892 in 2012 as projected in the Kenya Population and Housing Census 2009, composed of 587,719 males and 630,172 females. The population is projected to rise to 1,336,590 and 1,466,856 in 2015 and 2017 respectively at growth rate of 3.1 percent per annum. Kilifi town lies on the Kilifi Creek, between Mombasa and Malindi. Kilifi County has a mix of cultures. It is however home to Mijikenda’s nine communities. Malindi hosts most Italians, Arabs and Bajunis. Tourists hotspots along the coast have Britons, Germans, Belgians and other western communities. Other communities of Kenya are found there as well.
Tourism and fishing are major economic activities due to its proximity to the indian Ocean. The county hosts some of the best beaches and popular resorts and hotels. Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that dates back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century.
The county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing heavily to the region’s economy both in employment provision and income generation.
Opportunities exist in agriculture particularly dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soils and a good weather pattern. The county had a successful cashew nut milling industry and opportunities exist in its revival.