How Many People Live in Accra?

How many people live in the Accra 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.

2019 Greater Accra Region Population by Districts
  • Accra Metropolis
    2,052,341
  • Ga South Municipal
    507,192
  • Ashaiman Municipal
    235,465
  • Tema Metropolis
    360,828
  • Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal
    280,924
  • Ga West
    270,989
  • La Dadekotopon Municipal
    226,148
  • Ga East Municipal
    182,183
  • Ga Central Municipal
    144,521
  • La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal
    137,975
  • Kpone Kataminaso
    135,438
  • Adenta Municipal
    96,478
  • Ada East
    88,321
  • Ningo Prampram
    87,393
  • Ada West
    72,880
  • Shai Osudoku
    64,000

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.

Historical Growth of Accra's Population
  • 1950
    177,000
  • 1960
    393,000
  • 1970
    631,000
  • 1980
    96,478
  • 1990
    1,197,000
  • 2000
    1,668,000
  • 2010
    2,060,000
  • 2020 (Projected)
    2,514,000
  • 2030 (Projected)
    3,187,000

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.

Most Populous Cities in Ghana
  • Kumasi
    3,348,000
  • Accra
    2,514,000
  • Secondi Takoradi
    946,000
  • Tamale
    642,000

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