Accra Population 2024

Accra's 2024 population is now estimated at 2,721,165In 1950, the population of Accra was 177,147Accra has grown by 61,093 in the last year, which represents a 2.3% annual change.These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Accra, which typically includes Accra's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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.

Country
Ghana
Growth Rate
2.3%

Accra Population 2024

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Growth
1950177,147
1951191,9948.38%14,847
1952208,1078.39%16,113
1953225,5238.37%17,416
1954244,4248.38%18,901
1955264,9088.38%20,484
1956287,1418.39%22,233
1957311,1718.37%24,030
1958337,2508.38%26,079
1959365,5148.38%28,264
1960392,5827.41%27,068
1961411,8434.91%19,261
1962432,0794.91%20,236
1963453,3094.91%21,230
1964475,6134.92%22,304
1965498,9494.91%23,336
1966523,4644.91%24,515
1967549,1844.91%25,720
1968576,2064.92%27,022
1969604,4774.91%28,271
1970630,6704.33%26,193
1971650,7713.19%20,101
1972671,5413.19%20,770
1973692,9143.18%21,373
1974714,9983.19%22,084
1975737,7873.19%22,789
1976761,3343.19%23,547
1977785,5653.18%24,231
1978810,6023.19%25,037
1979836,4383.19%25,836
1980863,1343.19%26,696
1981890,6053.18%27,471
1982918,9903.19%28,385
1983948,2793.19%29,289
1984979,1833.26%30,904
19851,012,5013.4%33,318
19861,047,0003.41%34,499
19871,082,6753.41%35,675
19881,119,6173.41%36,942
19891,157,7133.4%38,096
19901,197,1613.41%39,448
19911,237,9523.41%40,791
19921,280,1923.41%42,240
19931,323,7523.4%43,560
19941,368,8573.41%45,105
19951,415,4983.41%46,641
19961,463,7973.41%48,299
19971,513,6043.4%49,807
19981,565,1773.41%51,573
19991,618,5083.41%53,331
20001,668,2403.07%49,732
20011,703,7652.13%35,525
20021,740,0972.13%36,332
20031,777,2032.13%37,106
20041,815,1542.14%37,951
20051,853,8072.13%38,653
20061,893,3392.13%39,532
20071,933,7132.13%40,374
20081,975,0062.14%41,293
20092,017,0632.13%42,057
20102,060,0762.13%43,013
20112,104,0062.13%43,930
20122,148,9352.14%44,929
20132,194,8232.14%45,888
20142,241,6922.14%46,869
20152,289,5612.14%47,869
20162,338,4522.14%48,891
20172,388,3882.14%49,936
20182,439,3892.14%51,001
20192,475,2081.47%35,819
20202,514,0051.57%38,797
20212,556,9721.71%42,967
20222,605,4021.89%48,430
20232,660,0722.1%54,670
20242,721,1652.3%61,093
20252,788,3842.47%67,219
20262,861,0032.6%72,619
20272,938,0992.69%77,096
20283,018,7172.74%80,618
20293,102,0682.76%83,351
20303,187,4582.75%85,390
20313,274,4012.73%86,943
20323,362,5272.69%88,126
20333,451,6762.65%89,149
20343,541,6442.61%89,968
20353,632,2842.56%90,640
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