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May 31, 2012

Over 24 Million People Live In Ghana...Regional Breakdown Revealed

Ghana’s population currently stands at 24, 658,823. That is according to the results of the 2010 Population census released by the Ghana Statistical Service.

The announcement of the 2010 Population Census results, which had been postponed for many months, was finally made public by the GSS on Thursday. Announcing the results, Dr. Philomena Nyarko, acting Government Statistician said the main objective for the census was to provide up to date information that will be the fulcrum on which policy decisions will be made.

The census which marked the fifth edition in the annals of the country saw the Ashanti Region obtaining the highest number of residents with a total of 4,780,380; representing 19.4 percent of the population, with Greater Accra following closely with 4,010,054; representing 16.1 percent.

Below is the regional breakdown of the census figures.

Ashanti Region---4,780,380

Greater Accra-------4,010,054

Volta Region--------2,118,252

Western region----2,376,021

Central Region-----2,201,863

Upper East----------1,046,545

Upper West----------702,110

Brong Ahafo----------2,310,983

Northern Region----2,479,461

Eastern Region-----2,633,154

The results also revealed that females outnumber their male counterparts in the country. Females constituted 51.2 percent of the population with a total of 12,633,978 while their male counterparts were 12,024,845 representing 48.8 percent of the population. The sex ration therefore came to 95 males per 100 females.

According to Dr Nyarko, the released figures represent the number of "persons who were found within the borders of Ghana on Census Night, irrespective of their nationality and status."

Source: GNA