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Demographics of Ghana

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The Demography of Ghana describes the condition and overview of Ghana's population. This article is about the demographic features of the population of Ghana, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Ghana's population is 31,072,940 (January 2020 estimate).


A map of Ghana's ethno-linguistic areas.
A map of Ghana's ethno-linguistic areas.

Ghana is a multilingual country in which about eighty languages are spoken.[1] English is the official language and lingua franca.[2][3] Of the languages indigenous to Ghana, Akan is the most widely spoken.[4]

Ghana has more than seventy ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language.[5] Languages that belong to the same ethnic group are usually mutually intelligible.

Eleven languages have the status of government-sponsored languages: four Akan ethnic languages (Akuapem Twi, Asante Twi, Fante and Nzema) and two Mole-Dagbani ethnic languages (Dagaare and Dagbanli). The rest are Ewe, Dangme, Ga, Gonja, and Kasem, Hausa.[6]

Ethnic groups

Ghana has more than seventy ethnic groups.[5] Major ethnic groups in Ghana include the Akan at 47.5% of the population, the Mole-Dagbon at 16.6%, the Ewe at 13.9%, the Ga-Dangme at 7.4%, the Gurma at 5.7%, the Guang at 3.7%, the Grusi at 2.5%, the Kusaasi at 1.2%, and the Bikpakpaam a.k.a. Konkomba people at 3.5%. 4.3% of the population is white. They are of British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Scandinavian, American, Latin American or Australian descent. They live in Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina, Saltpond, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Tema as well as Kumasi, Koforidua, Sunyani and towns such as Ho and Nkawkaw. There are as well White Ghanaians of African American descent who have relatives who are racism escapees that are married to their ancestors. 2.4% of the population is Chinese.[7]


Primary and junior secondary school education is tuition-free and mandatory. Since 1987, the Government of Ghana has increased its education budget by 700%. Basic education's share has grown from 45% to 60% of that total.

Students begin their 6-year primary education at age six. They pass into a junior secondary school system for 3 years of academic training combined with technical and vocational training. Those continuing move into the 3-year senior secondary school program. Entrance to one of the best Ghanaian universities is by examination following completion of senior secondary school with a pass mark.

Demographic trends

Ghana's first postindependence population census in 1961 counted about 6.7 million inhabitants.[8] Between 1965 and 1989, a constant 45 percent of Ghana total female population was of childbearing age.[8]

The crude death rate of 18 per 1,000 population in 1965 fell to 13 per 1,000 population in 1992. Life expectancy rose from a 1992 average of forty-two years for men and forty-five years for women to fifty-two and fifty-six years in 2002. The fertility rate averaged two children per adult female in 2013.[8]

Fertility and Births based on Demographics Health Survey

Total Fertility Rate (TFR) (Wanted Fertility Rate) and Crude Birth Rate (CBR.) Demographics Health Survey:[9]

Year CBR (Total) TFR (WFR) (Total) CBR (Urban) TFR (WFR) (Urban) CBR (Rural) TFR (WFR) (Rural)
1993 38.0 5.5 (4.2) 32.9 3.99 (2.9) 40.2 6.36 (4.9)
1998 32.7 4.55 (3.7) 25.4 2.96 (2.4) 36.0 5.41 (4.3)
2003 32.6 4.4 (3.7) 26.6 3.1 (2.6) 36.7 5.6 (4.6)
2007 33.3 4.6 28.4 3.4 36.3 5.5
2008 30.8 4.0 (3.5) 27.1 3.1 (2.7) 33.6 4.9 (4.2)
2014 30.6 4.2 (3.6) 27.9 3.4 (3.1) 33.5 5.2 (4.3)
2017 3.9 3.3 4.7

Fertility and Births (Census 2000 & 2010)

Total Fertility Rate (TFR) and Crude Birth Rate (CBR):[10]

Year CBR (Total) TFR (Total) CBR (Urban) TFR (Urban) CBR (Rural) TFR (Rural)
2000 31.1 3.99 26.7 3.0 33.8 4.9
2010 25.3 3.28 23.0 2.78 26.9 3.94

Births and deaths [11]

Year Population Live births Deaths Natural increase Crude birth rate Crude death rate Rate of natural increase TFR
2010 24,200,000 623,700 163,534 460,166 25.3 6.6 18.7 3.28

Fertility data as of 2014 (DHS Program):[12]

Region Total fertility rate Percentage of women age 15-49 currently pregnant Mean number of children ever born to women age 40-49
Western 3.6 6.9 4.8
Central 4.7 7.8 5.2
Greater Accra 2.8 6.9 3.4
Volta 4.3 6.1 4.8
Eastern 4.2 7.9 4.9
Ashanti 4.2 5.8 4.8
Brong Ahafo 4.8 7.6 5.1
Northern 6.6 8.9 6.4
Upper East 4.9 7.9 5.7
Upper West 5.2 6.8 6.4

Life expectancy

Period Life expectancy in
1950–1955 42.17
1955–1960 Increase 44.66
1960–1965 Increase 46.90
1965–1970 Increase 48.62
1970–1975 Increase 50.03
1975–1980 Increase 51.60
1980–1985 Increase 53.05
1985–1990 Increase 55.31
1990–1995 Increase 57.75
1995–2000 Decrease 56.98
2000–2005 Increase 57.49
2005–2010 Increase 60.03
2010–2015 Increase 61.68

Other demographic statistics

Demographic statistics according to the World Population Review in 2019.[14]

  • One birth every 36 seconds
  • One death every 2 minutes
  • One net migrant every 26 minutes
  • Net gain of one person every 50 seconds

The following demographic are from the independent Ghana Statistical Service[15] and from the CIA World Factbook[16] unless otherwise indicated.


30,802,793 (Feb 2020 )
25,009,153 (December 2013 est.[17][18]) Females- 50.5% Male- 49.5%

Age structure

Population pyramid of Ghana in 2017
Population pyramid of Ghana in 2017
0-14 years: 37.83% (male 5,344,146 /female 5,286,383)
15-24 years: 18.61% (male 2,600,390 /female 2,629,660)
25-54 years: 34.21% (male 4,663,234 /female 4,950,888)
55-64 years: 5.05% (male 690,327 /female 727,957)
65 years and over: 4.3% (male 557,155 /female 652,331) (2018 est.)
0–14 years: 22.8% (male 2,362,094/female 2,208,178)
15–24 years: 23.7% (male 2,360,293/female 2,382,573)
25–54 years: 42.4% (male 4,120,921/female 4,363,889)
55–64 years: 5.9% (male 577,431/female 610,716)
65 years and over: 5.1% (male 476,297/female 546,765) (2013 est.)

Population growth rate

2.16% (2018 est.) Country comparison to the world: 40th
2.1% (2013 est.)[19]

Birth rate

30.2 births/1,000 population (2018 est.) Country comparison to the world: 35th
16.03 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)

Death rate

6.8 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.) Country comparison to the world: 134th
7.53 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)

Total fertility rate

3.96 children born/woman (2018 est.) Country comparison to the world: 34th
Fertility rate declined from 3.99 (2000) to 3.28 (2010) with 2.78 in Urban region and 3.94 in rural region.[10]

Median age

total: 21.2 years. Country comparison to the world: 185th
male: 20.7 years
female: 21.7 years (2018 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth

22.3 years (2017 est.)
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29

Contraceptive prevalence rate

33% (2017)

Net migration rate

-1.8 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.) Country comparison to the world: 154th
-1.85 migrant(s)/1,020 population (2013 est.)

Infant mortality rate

39.01 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)

Dependency ratios

total dependency ratio: 73 (2015 est.)
youth dependency ratio: 67.1 (2015 est.)
elderly dependency ratio: 5.9 (2015 est.)
potential support ratio: 17.1 (2015 est.)


urban population: 56.1% of total population (2018)
rate of urbanization: 3.34% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 67.4 years (2018 est.)
male: 64.9 years (2018 est.)
female: 70 years (2018 est.)
total population: 65.46 years (2013 est.); 66 years
male: 64.48 years (2013 est.); 66 years
female: 66.48 years (2013 est.); 67 years (2013 est.)


noun: Ghanaian
adjective: Ghanaian


  • Ghanaian citizens (20,000,000 million)[17][18]
Ghanaian people



Asante[7] 16%, Ewe[7] 14%, Fante[7] 11.6%, Brong[7] (Brong) 4.9%, Dagomba[7] 4.4%, Dangme[7] 4.2%, Dagarte[7] (Dagaba) 3.9%, Likpakpaanl[7] a.k.a. Konkomba language 3.5%, Akyem[7] 3.2%, Ga[7] 3.1%, Other[7] 31.2%


definition: age 15 and over can read and write (2015 est.)

total population: 76.6% (2015 est.)
male: 82% (2015 est.)
female: 71.4% (2015 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)

total: 12 years (2017)
male: 12 years (2017)
female: 11 years (2017)
total population: 71.5%
male: 78.3%
female: 65.3% (2010 census)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24

total: 15.2% (2015 est.)
male: 15.8% (2015 est.)
female: 14.6% (2015 est.)

Demographic history

Population distribution

Population density increased steadily from thirty-six per square kilometer in 1970 to fifty-two per square kilometer in 1984. In 1990 sixty-three persons per square kilometer was the estimate for Ghana's overall population density. These averages did not reflect variations in population distribution. For example, while the Northern Region, one of ten administrative regions, showed a density of seventeen persons per square kilometer in 1984, in the same year Greater Accra Region recorded nine times the national average of fifty-two per square kilometer.[20]

As was the case in the 1960 and 1970 figures, the greatest concentration of population in 1984 was to the south of the Kwahu Plateau. The highest concentration of habitation continued to be within the Accra-Kumasi-Takoradi triangle, largely because of the economic productivity of the region. All of Ghana's mining centers, timber-producing deciduous forests, and cocoa-growing lands lie to the south of the Kwahu Plateau. The Accra-Kumasi-Takoradi triangle is linked to the coast by rail and road systems—making this area an important magnet for investment and labor.[20]

A large part of the Volta Basin is sparsely populated. The far north is heavily populated. The population density of the Upper East Region is well above the national average. This may be explained in part by the better soil found in some areas.[20]

Urban-rural disparities

Localities of 5,000 persons and above have been classified as urban since 1960. The 1960 urban population totalled 1,551,174 persons, or 23.1 percent of total population. By 1970 the urban percentage had increased to 28 percent. That percentage rose to 32 in 1984 and was estimated at 33 percent for 1992.[21]

Urban areas in Ghana have customarily been supplied with more amenities than rural locations. Consequently, Kumasi, Accra, and many settlements within the southern economic belt attracted more people than the savanna regions of the north; only Tamale in the north has been an exception. The linkage of the national electricity grid to the northern areas of the country in the late 1980s may help to stabilize the north-to-south flow of internal migration.[21] Ghana has a hugely rural population that is dependent on subsistence agriculture. Ghana has continued to be a nation of rural communities. Rural residency was estimated to be 67 percent of the population in 1992. In the 1970s, 72 percent of Ghana's population lived in rural areas.[21] The "Rural Manifesto," which assessed the causes of rural underdevelopment, was introduced in April 1984. Development strategies were evaluated, and some were implemented to make rural residency more attractive. The Bank of Ghana established more than 120 rural banks to support rural entrepreneurs, and the rural electrification program was intensified in the late 1980s. The government presented its plans for district assemblies as a component of its strategy for rural improvement through decentralized administration.[21]


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