The population of the Municipality, according to the 2000 Population and Housing Census is 219,508. This is 6.1 percent of the total population of Ashanti region.
Pprojected Population from the Municipal Population Census for 2008
134,354 (from MDHS 2008)
Intercensal rate of Growth 3.2%
Males in 2000(%) 52%
Female in 200(%) 49%
Sex Ratio 51:49%
Rural Population 88.4%
Urban Population 11.6%
Basis: Population of community of 5,000 and above Urban
Population of community less than 5,000 Rural
Population by Sex:
Sex Ratio: The male - female ratio of the district as given by the 2000 Population and Housing provisional report is 1:1.03.
The population of the Municipality grew at the rate of 2.1 % between 1970 and 1984. The current rate of population growth is 3.0%. This is about the same as the National Population growth rate of 3.1% and higher than the regional figure of 2.8%.
The average household size is estimated at 7.1 persons, which is higher than the national rural figure of 5.2 persons. This implies that each household has a large number of people to feed, cloth and house. Given the low per capital income of ¢ 11.172.81 * in the district, it is clear that most families are characterized by low standard of living as evidenced by the expenditure pattern where the bulk of the families income goes into food (37.2%), clothing (11.0%) and education (27.5%). * (Source: Dept of Planning – KNUST Field survey – 1996)
Population By settlement:
The Municipality has 413 settlement concentrated in the central part of the district with numerous dispersed small villages. The population sizes of nearly all the communities are very small. Apart from Bekwai with population of 18,978 and 9,310 respectively, the rest of the settlements have population size s below 5,000 (see table below).
Bekwai - 19,679 Urban
Ofoase Kokoben - 3,051 Semi- Urban
Domenase - 3,266 “
Poano - 3,762 “
Bogyawe - 2,024 “
Abodom - 2,120 “
Kokofu - 2,681 “
Boni - 2,626 “
Source: 2000 Population & Housing Census (Provisional)
Refer to pdf file attached for tables