Sorin Cosoveanu provided population data from 1948 to 2010, gathered from sources  and .
In 1900, the coastal region of Ghana had been colonized by the United Kingdom as the Gold Coast. In 1901, Ashanti, already a British protectorate, was annexed. The Northern Territories Protectorate followed in 1902. After World War I, the Allies divided Germany's African possessions among them. The League of Nations mandated Togoland to Great Britain and France. They split it longitudinally. Britain received the smaller western strip, which became Transvolta-Togoland territory. This territory was administered from the Gold Coast until 1956-12-13, when it formally merged with the Gold Coast. The country was granted independence on 1957-03-06, and took the name Ghana.
after an ancient West African kingdom, from Sarakolé ghana: king.
Ghana is divided into ten regions.
See the Districts of Ghana page.
The regions are subdivided into 138 districts, of which three are metropolitan districts and eight are municipal districts. The ordinary districts have urban councils, town councils, and area councils under them. The metropolitan districts are divided into sub-metropolitan districts, which are further subdivided into town councils. The municipal districts are divided into zones. Unit committees are the lowest level of local government, subsidiary to all of the entities already mentioned. There are 16,000 of them, but no more than 8,000 are operational.
GH07, capital Bolgatanga) split into Upper East and Upper West regions.
Note: Blank cells represent regions that had not been created as of the census date, except that 1948 data are proleptic to 1957, and 1970 data are proleptic to 1982. Volta figure for 1948 includes all of Transvolta Togoland. Upper East figure for 1970 includes all of Upper region.
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