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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. 

POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS

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.

Population growth:   
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%.

Household Size:
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


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