The Most Populated Regions in Ghana

Ghana is one of the popular countries in Africa with Accra the capital. The country is located in West Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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On land, it borders three countries; Burkina Faso, Togo, and Cote d’Ivoire. The country has a total land area of 238,533 sq kilometers. The country is made up of 16 administrative regions.

Most Populated Regions in Ghana

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Ghana has experienced rapid urbanization in the last few decades, a phenomenon that has lead to the rapid growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Following the conclusion of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC), Ghana has an estimated population of  30.8 million. The population of towns and cities in Ghana has also doubled.

In this article, we’ll look at the most populated regions in Ghana. The most populated region in Ghana is the Greater Accra, while the least populated region is Ahafo Region.

Most Populated Regions in Ghana

Below is the list of the most populated regions in Ghana. Find which city or town makes the list.

1. Greater Accra

The Greatest Accra region might be the smallest region by landmass in Ghana occupying just 3,245 square kilometers. However, it’s the most populated with a total population of 5,446,237.

Accra is the Greater Accra Region’s economic and administrative hub, with its central business district containing banks, department stores, and Ghana’s government administrative offices.

2. Ashanti Region

Second on the list of the most populous regions in Ghana is the Ashanti region with a population size of 5,432,486. Previously, Ashanti was the most populous region in Ghana.

The Ashanti Region is located in south Ghana and it is the third largest of 16 administrative regions, occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi) or 10.2 percent of the total land area of Ghana.

3. Eastern Region

The Eastern region is located in the south of Ghana and covers an area of 19,323 square kilometers, which is about 8.1% of Ghana’s total landform. The region has a population size of 2,917,039.

4. Central Region

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Next on the list is Central region with a population size of 2,859,821. The Central region is renowned for its many elite higher education institutions and an economy based on an abundance of industrial minerals and tourism.

5. Northern Region

The Northern region is located in the north of the country and was the largest of the sixteen regions, covering an area of 70,384 square kilometers until 2018. According to the 2021 census result, the Northern region has a population size of 2,310,943.

6. Western

The Western Region is located in south Ghana and covers an area of 23,921 sq. km, and had a population. The region has a population of 2,057,225 according to the 2021 census.

7. Volta

The Volta region is located west of the Republic of Togo and to the east of Lake Volta. According to the 2021 census conducted by PHC,  Volta Region has a population size of 1,649,523.

8. Upper East

The Upper East Region occupying a total land surface of 8,842 square kilometers or 2.7 percent of the total land area of Ghana. The region has a total population size of 1,301,221.

9. Bono

The Bono region is one of the 16 administrative regions of Ghana. It is the remains of Brong -Ahafo region following the creation of the Bono East Region and the Ahafo region. The Bono region has a population size of 1,208,965.

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10. Bono East

Bono East region is one of the newly created regions in Ghana. Carved out of Brong Ahafo Region, the Bono East region has a population size of 1,203,306.

11. Upper West

The Upper West Region of Ghana is located in the north-western corner of Ghana. The region has a population size of 904,695 according to the 2021 census.

12. Western North

The Western North Region is one of the six newly created regions of Ghana. According to the PHC 2021 census result, the region has a population size of 880,855.

13. Oti

The Oti Region is one of the six regions created regions of Ghana. Carved out of the Volta Region, the Oti Region has a population size of 747,227 according to PHC.

14. North East

The North-East Region is one of the newly created regions of Ghana. The region which broke off the Northern Region has a total population size of 658,903.

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15. Savannah Region

The Savannah Region is one of the newly created regions of Ghana. The region which broke off the Northern Region has a total population size of 649,627.

16. Ahafo Region

The Ahafo Region is a newly created Region in Ghana. The region was carved out of the Brong Ahafo region. According to the PHC census result, the Ahafo region has a total population size of 564,536.

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