Ghana’s Soaring Population to Surpass 50 Million by 2050, Says Report

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has projected that Ghana's population will surpass 50 million by 2050, a substantial increase from the 30.8 million recorded in 2021.

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has projected that Ghana’s population will surpass 50 million by 2050, a substantial increase from the 30.8 million recorded in 2021.

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has projected that Ghana's population will surpass 50 million by 2050, a substantial increase from the 30.8 million recorded in 2021.

According to the 2021 Population and Housing Census Thematic Report on Population Projections, the population is expected to grow 1.7 times the size of the 2021 enumerated population.

The report indicates that the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions will remain the most populous, each with an estimated 7.5 million residents by 2050.

The Northern, Northeast, and Savannah regions are expected to experience the highest growth rates, with their populations projected to double by 2050.

Significant demographic changes are also anticipated, including a decline in the youth population and an increase in the elderly population. Urban areas are set to see considerable growth, with over half of the regions expected to be urbanized by 2030.

The report states, “By the end of the decade (2030), the population is expected to grow to 37.2 million persons, meaning that an estimated 711,706 additional persons, on average, will be added to the population annually.

The population residing in urban areas is projected to increase by 4.0 percentage points between 2021 and 2030: from 56.7 to 60.7 percent.”

By 2030, more than half of Ghana’s 16 regions are expected to be urbanized. However, regions such as Volta, Oti, Western North, North East, Upper West, Savannah, and Upper East will remain predominantly rural.

This projected population growth underscores the need for strategic planning and infrastructure development to accommodate the rising number of inhabitants and the accompanying demographic shifts.

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