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How Many People Live in Accra?

How many people live in the Metropolitan Area? How many people can your Accra based business reach? How has the population of Accra been growing since Ghana's independence?

There are about 2.5 million in the city of Accra as of 2020. This excludes all the other 15 municipalities within the Greater Accra Region 

This might surprise you, but there are more people in Kumasi than Accra Metropolitan Area. The city of Kumasi has about 3.35 million people. 

Be mindful that except for the eastern fringes, the whole Greater Accra Region has developed into a vast cosmopolitan area almost blending into many areas of Central and Eastern Regions. People in this whole area see themselves as living in Accra. But the data above is for only Accra Metropolitan Area,  the administrative capital city of Ghana. 

If you're looking at the entire Greater Accra Area, then the figures are 4,943,075 residents as of 2019 according to Ghana Statistical Services.

Data Source: Ghana Statistical Services

Historical Data

Population levels and growth rate in Ghana, Accra metro area has been increasing very slightly for the past few years according to United Nations population projections.

From about 180,000 people in 1950, it shot up to 400,000 people in 1960. By 1970, there were a little over 631,0000 residents in the city. Then there were 863,000 in 1980.

We crossed the one million residents mark in 1990 to reach 1.2 million people, and nearly 1.7 million by the year 2000.

The 2010 census discovered 2,060,000 Accra residents. Population experts say there are 2,514,000 living in Accra today in 2020. The next 10 years will see our number come to nearly 3.2 million people.

Data Source: United Nations – World Population Prospects

Beyond Accra, Ghana has some very beautiful cities you should definitely visit. The first is Kumasi, which has a higher population density even more that Accra.

Sekondi-Takoradi has quickly become an industrial hub because of the new oil explorations off the west coast of Ghana.

Then up north is Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana.

Data Source: United Nations – World Population Prospects

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