Upper Denkyira District
|Upper Denkyira District|
|Population density||108 Ew. / km²|
Upper Denkyira District is one of 13 districts in the Central Region of Ghana . It borders the Twifo / Hemang / Lower Denkyira and Assin North districts in the Central Region. Upper Denkyira also borders the Western Region with its districts Bibiani / Anhwiaso / Bekwai , Wasa Amenfi West and Wasa Amenfi East . In the north, the district also borders the Ashanti region with the districts Obuasi Municipal , Amansie East and Amansie West . Chief Executive of the district with the capital Dunkwa-On-Offin and 122,537 inhabitants is Richard Anane Adabor .
The district is located on a plateau that rises to a height of 250 meters above sea level. The capital Dunkwa-On-Offin takes its name from the location of the village of Dunkwa on the Offin River . The well-known Pra river also flows through the district, whose tributaries Subin Ninta , Aponapon , Tuatian, Dia, Afiefi and Subin are also located in the district.
The total population was 34,011 in 1960, 44,468 in 1970, 68,329 in 1984, and 108,444 in 2000. For 2006 estimates put the population at 122,537. The population grew between 1960 and 1984 by 2.8 percent annually and between 1984 and 2000 by 3.1. The population is currently growing by 3.1. In Upper Denkyira women make up 50.4 percent of the population.
The average population is 19.1 years old, the national average is 19.4 years. Over half of the population is younger than 20 years, children under 15 make up 28.9 percent of the population. The age group between 15 and 64 years is of working age and makes up 52 percent of the total population. Women of childbearing age between 15 and 45 years make up 45.8 percent of the female population.
In the 2000 census, only the district capital, Dunkwa-On-Offin, with a population of 26,215 at the time, achieved a statistically urban environment. Second largest city is Ayanfuri in 2000 with a population of 3,935 people. Only 23.2 percent of the district's population live in the city, 76.8 percent in rural areas.
The Denkyira are a people belonging to the Akan who originally lived in the area of today's Upper Denkyira District. Due to a large number of migration movements within Ghana, Ashanti , Fante , Akwapim , Ewe and ethnic groups from northern Ghana came to the district.
The dominant religion in the district is Christianity with an estimated following of 93 percent of the population in 1996. Another 4 percent are followers of Islam, 1.7 percent belong to traditional religions and 1.6 percent belong to another or no religion.
Two constituencies have been established in the Upper Denkyira district. In the constituency of Upper Denkyira West, Benjamin Kofi Ayeh won his seat in the Ghanaian parliament for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2004 general election. In the constituency of Upper Denkyira East, Nana Amoakoh from the party (NPP) succeeded in doing this .
- Maps of individual districts in the region on various topics ( Memento from November 19, 2008 in the Internet Archive )