The Birim North District was carved out of the former Birim District Council in 1987 as part of the Government’s decentralisation programme to promote effective decentralised governance and speed up the development of the area. It is bordered by Kwahu West to the north, the Asante Akyem South, Amansie East and Adansi South districts all in the Ashanti region to the west, Birim South district to the south and Atiwa and Kwaebibirem districts to the east.
The district has a very strategic location especially its capital New Abirem as it is situated among major commercial towns such as Nkawkaw, Oda and Kade. With improved road conditions linking the district to these commercial centers, the economy of the district stands a better chance of being improved. New Abirem can be described as a nodal or a confluence town as it is located at the meeting point of the Nkawkaw- Oda-Kade roads.