Central Region, Ghana
|• Regional Minister||Ama Benyiwa-Doe|
|• Total||9,826 km2 (3,794 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 8th|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||Ranked 8th|
|• Density||220/km2 (580/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||GH-CP|
The Central Region is located in south Ghana and one of ten administrative regions. It is bordered by Ashanti and Eastern regions to the north, Western region to the west, Greater Accra region to the east, and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The Central region is renowned for its many elite higher education institutions and an economy based on an abundance of industrial minerals and tourism. The Central region attains many tourist attractions such castles, forts and beaches stretched along the Central region's coastline.
The Central Region comprises 17 districts:
- Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District
- Agona East District
- Agona West Municipal District
- Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam District
- Asikuma/Odoben/Brakwa District
- Assin North Municipal District
- Assin South District
- Awutu Senya District
- Cape Coast Metropolitan District
- Effutu Municipal District
- Gomoa East District
- Gomoa West District
- Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem Municipal District
- Mfantsiman Municipal District
- Twifo/Heman/Lower Denkyira District
- Upper Denkyira East Municipal District
- Upper Denkyira West District
Economy and Education
The Central Region is a hub of education in Ghana, with some of the best schools in the country. The region's economy is dominated by services followed by mining and fishing. Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle are prominent UNESCO World Heritage sites and serve as a reminder of the slave trade. The Central Region is a major center for tourism within south Ghana and it has some of the most beautiful beaches, and national parks (Kakum National Park). U.S. President Barack Obama made his first international trip to the city of Cape Coast in 2009.
The Central Region is well known for its varied Akan cuisine. Kenkey and Fufu are both eaten with a variety of sauces, stews, and soups. Seafood is commonly eaten across the Central region.
- "List of All MMDAs in Ghana - Central Region". ghanadistricts.com website. Retrieved 2009-10-17.