Accra Population 2022

2,605,402
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Accra is the capital of the Republic of Ghana. It is also the most populous city in the country. The city is one of the most urban in the country, and it has developed significantly since the 1990s with the addition of nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and other buildings. The most recent estimates show that the population of urbanized Accra is 2.27 million.

Accra Size

Accra's urban area covers 225.67 square kilometers of land, while the entire metropolis has grown to nearly 900 square kilometers. In the metro area, the population density is approximately 1,300 people per square kilometer.

Accra Demographics

One of the most interesting things to note about the demographics of Accra is the high population of younger residents. Approximately 56% of the people are under the age of 24. This trend is not expected to change in the coming years. There is a slightly higher population of males than females in the city, which is on par with numbers recorded across the country.

Data show about 45% of Accra’s residents are immigrants that initially lived in other African countries. However, migration rates are expected to decrease in the future. There are multiple low-income housing areas located in Accra, with about 58% of the total population living in one of these areas.

Major ethnic groups of Accra include Akan, Ga-Dangme and Ewe. The largest religious groups are Christians, which make up 83% of the population. Muslims make up 10.2% of the population, and 4.6% claim no religion.

Accra History

During the late 1800s, the city was captured by the British. It was in 1877 that the city was designated as the capital of the Gold Coast. It was during this time that the city began to expand and its population grew. Boundaries continued to expand throughout the early 1900s.

A turning point for the city occurred in 1908 with the construction of the Accra-Kumasi railway, which connected Accra to other regions in Ghana.

After World War II, the city of Accra’s central business district was developed. Rural migrants also settled in surrounding neighborhoods, resulting in shanty-towns. Further development of the town was planned to include a country club, polo and cricket fields, and ornamental fountains and statues. However, Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah developed his plan that focused more on pride and nationalism.

Today, the city is a business and transportation hub in Ghana. It is home to many popular tourist attractions, including the Academy of Arts and Science and the National Theater. The city also boasts a multi-story hotel, restaurants, and other buildings that were built during the 1990s. The city’s economy is reliant upon the finance and commercial sectors and industries including processed food, textiles, and lumber.

Accra Population Growth

Accra has seen its population grow throughout the years, primarily because of immigration. However, decentralization is expected to reduce migration rates, which could have an impact on future population growth. Still, the city has a high number of young residents, and this trend is not expected to slow. Given the city’s role within Ghana, it can only be assumed that Accra will see continued growth well into the future.

Year Population
20353,632,284
20343,541,644
20333,451,676
20323,362,527
20313,274,401
20303,187,458
20293,102,068
20283,018,717
20272,938,099
20262,861,003
20252,788,384
20242,721,165
20232,660,072
20222,605,402
20212,556,972
20202,514,005
20192,475,208
20182,439,389
20172,388,388
20162,338,452
20152,289,561
20142,241,692
20132,194,823
20122,148,935
20112,104,006
20102,060,076
20092,017,063
20081,975,006
20071,933,713
20061,893,339
20051,853,807
20041,815,154
20031,777,203
20021,740,097
20011,703,765
20001,668,240
19991,618,508
19981,565,177
19971,513,604
19961,463,797
19951,415,498
19941,368,857
19931,323,752
19921,280,192
19911,237,952
19901,197,161
19891,157,713
19881,119,617
19871,082,675
19861,047,000
19851,012,501
1984979,183
1983948,279
1982918,990
1981890,605
1980863,134
1979836,438
1978810,602
1977785,565
1976761,334
1975737,787
1974714,998
1973692,914
1972671,541
1971650,771
1970630,670
1969604,477
1968576,206
1967549,184
1966523,464
1965498,949
1964475,613
1963453,309
1962432,079
1961411,843
1960392,582
1959365,514
1958337,250
1957311,171
1956287,141
1955264,908
1954244,424
1953225,523
1952208,107
1951191,994
1950177,147

Accra Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20353,632,2842.56%90,640
20343,541,6442.61%89,968
20333,451,6762.65%89,149
20323,362,5272.69%88,126
20313,274,4012.73%86,943
20303,187,4582.75%85,390
20293,102,0682.76%83,351
20283,018,7172.74%80,618
20272,938,0992.69%77,096
20262,861,0032.60%72,619
20252,788,3842.47%67,219
20242,721,1652.30%61,093
20232,660,0722.10%54,670
20222,605,4021.89%48,430
20212,556,9721.71%42,967
20202,514,0051.57%38,797
20192,475,2081.47%35,819
20182,439,3892.14%51,001
20172,388,3882.14%49,936
20162,338,4522.14%48,891
20152,289,5612.14%47,869
20142,241,6922.14%46,869
20132,194,8232.14%45,888
20122,148,9352.14%44,929
20112,104,0062.13%43,930
20102,060,0762.13%43,013
20092,017,0632.13%42,057
20081,975,0062.14%41,293
20071,933,7132.13%40,374
20061,893,3392.13%39,532
20051,853,8072.13%38,653
20041,815,1542.14%37,951
20031,777,2032.13%37,106
20021,740,0972.13%36,332
20011,703,7652.13%35,525
20001,668,2403.07%49,732
19991,618,5083.41%53,331
19981,565,1773.41%51,573
19971,513,6043.40%49,807
19961,463,7973.41%48,299
19951,415,4983.41%46,641
19941,368,8573.41%45,105
19931,323,7523.40%43,560
19921,280,1923.41%42,240
19911,237,9523.41%40,791
19901,197,1613.41%39,448
19891,157,7133.40%38,096
19881,119,6173.41%36,942
19871,082,6753.41%35,675
19861,047,0003.41%34,499
19851,012,5013.40%33,318
1984979,1833.26%30,904
1983948,2793.19%29,289
1982918,9903.19%28,385
1981890,6053.18%27,471
1980863,1343.19%26,696
1979836,4383.19%25,836
1978810,6023.19%25,037
1977785,5653.18%24,231
1976761,3343.19%23,547
1975737,7873.19%22,789
1974714,9983.19%22,084
1973692,9143.18%21,373
1972671,5413.19%20,770
1971650,7713.19%20,101
1970630,6704.33%26,193
1969604,4774.91%28,271
1968576,2064.92%27,022
1967549,1844.91%25,720
1966523,4644.91%24,515
1965498,9494.91%23,336
1964475,6134.92%22,304
1963453,3094.91%21,230
1962432,0794.91%20,236
1961411,8434.91%19,261
1960392,5827.41%27,068
1959365,5148.38%28,264
1958337,2508.38%26,079
1957311,1718.37%24,030
1956287,1418.39%22,233
1955264,9088.38%20,484
1954244,4248.38%18,901
1953225,5238.37%17,416
1952208,1078.39%16,113
1951191,9948.38%14,847
1950177,1470.00%

Accra Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Kumasi3,630,3264.02%
Accra2,605,4021.89%
Sekondi Takoradi1,034,9174.47%
Tamale701,1714.37%

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