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Some quick statistical information on Ghana.  For more specific information see Links, or for narative descriptions about life in Ghana check out the experiences page of this site!

 

The Rebublic of Ghana

 

Area: 238,537 square kilometers

Population: 17,748,400 (1996 est.)

Population growth rate 3.12% (1993 est.)

Pop. density: 175 per sq. mi. Urban (1990): 33%.

Birth rate: 44.66 births/1,000 population (1993 est.)

Death rate: 12.52 deaths/1,000 population (1993 est.)

Net migration rate: -1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1993 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 84.5 deaths/1,000 live births (1993 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 55.19 years   male- 53.27 years    female- 57.17 years

Total fertility rate: ~6 children/woman (1995 est.)

Nationality: noun - Ghanaian(s); adjective - Ghanaian Ethnic divisions: black African 99.8%

major tribes: Akan 44% Mole-Dagomba 16% Ewe 13% Ga 8% European and other 0.2%

Religions: Christian-42.8%; Muslim-12.0% ; Other religions-38.2%

Languages: English (official), African (Akan, Mole-Dagomba, Ewe,and Ga)

Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write (1990)

total population: 60%   male: 70%   female: 51%

Labor force: total- 3.7 million

agriculture and fishing- 54.7%; industry- 18.7%; sales and clerical- 15.2%

services, transportation, and communications- 7.7%; professional 3.7%;

note: 48% of population of working age (1983)