Ghana’s Population has been estimated as 30.8 million according to the just ended 2021 Population And Housing Census. However, this figure indicates a much greater female population compared to the males. This according to the statistical service has been the trend for the past four censuses conducted nationwide.
According to the statistical service “the population has grown almost fivefold since the first post-independence census was conducted in 1960”. Also Greater Accra has overtaken Ashanti as the nation’s most populous region.
Ahafo has replaced Upper West as the nation’s least populous region. Average household size, which has been on the decline since 2000, is 3.6 members.
“Ghana’s Population is growing, but at a declining rate compared with previous censuses. Females make up a greater proportion of the population in the 2021 PHC as has been the trend for the past four censuses. They outnumber males in 10 out of the 16 regions”.
The 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) is Ghana’s first fully digital census, employed technology in all aspects of its implementation. The 2021 PHC counted and collected detailed information on all persons that spent the Census Night, that is Sunday 27th June 2021, in the country (de facto approach). The initial enumeration period was from 27th June to 11th July, with a mop-up period, first for one week and subsequently extending it to 15th August in some areas with challenges. Prior to the Census Night, the listing of structures took place between 13th and 25th June, 2021.