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Young Women: Life Choices and Livelihoods in Urban Areas in Ghana


The proportion of Ghana’s
population living in urban
localities has been rising sharply
since Independence.1 F rom a
relative low 23% in 1960, it is estimated
that the urban population reached 52%
in 2010 and that it will hit 62-63% by
2 0 2 5 .2 The capital region of Gre a t e r
Accra, which occupies less than 1.4%
of Ghana’s land area, is home to 16%
of the nation’s population.3 P ro v i s i o n a l
results from a 2010 census suggest
that the population of the capital re g i o n
has grown by nearly 35% in just 10
y e a r s ,4 mainly re flecting high levels of inmigration
from other parts of Ghana.5