|Population density||237 Ew. / km²|
The region lies in the middle of the country and borders in the north on the Bono East Region , in the east on the Eastern Region , in the south on the Central Region , in the southwest on the Western North Region and in the west on the Ahafo Region and the Bono Region .
The vast majority of the population consists of members of the Akan people of the Ashanti . The Ashanti make up about 19% of the population. The next largest groups are the ethnic groups of the northern Ghanaian Mole Dagbane language group with 16.5% and the Ewe from southwest Ghana with a good 13%, furthermore the Ga-Adangme and finally Guans with 4%. The proportion of non-Africans in the population is less than 2%.
More than half of the population lives in metropolitan areas, around a third of the total population in Kumasi alone.
In addition to state government structures (regional ministers and district chiefs) there is a pronounced and recognized traditional parallel structure in the form of 36 traditional "councils" ( Traditional Councils ), in each of which a traditional leader ( Paramount Chief ) of the Presidency. These councils are part of the administration and members of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs . The president of this “House of Lords” is the respective Asantehene , that is, the influential traditional head of the Ashanti.
The region is divided into 43 districts :
- 2010 Population & Housing Census ( Memento from July 12, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF document, 5.5 MB, English)
- District list on ghanadistricts.gov.gh, accessed December 19, 2019
- Ashanti Region on ghanadistricts.gov.gh