Mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central area
Tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north
Population: 25,758,108 (July 2014 est.)
Languages: Asante 14.8%, Ewe 12.7%, Fante 9.9%, Boron (Brong) 4.6%, Dagomba 4.3%, Dangme 4.3%, Dagarte (Dagaba) 3.7%, Akyem 3.4%, Ga 3.4%, Akuapem 2.9%, other (includes English (official) 36.1% (2000 census)
Christian 71.2% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 28.3%, Protestant 18.4%, Catholic 13.1%, other 11.4%), Muslim 17.6%, traditional 5.2%, other 0.8%, none 5.2% (2010 census)
Ghana's economy has been strengthened by a quarter century of relatively sound management, a competitive business environment, and sustained reductions in poverty levels. In late 2010, Ghana was recategorized as a lower middle-income country. Ghana is well-endowed with natural resources and agriculture accounts for roughly one-quarter of GDP and employs more than half of the workforce, mainly small landholders. The services sector accounts for 50% of GDP.
Most city houses are one-story or two-story family units built of cement. Apartment buildings over ten stories high are rare in most cities. Wealthier suburbs have large two-story houses surrounded by walls and shaded by palm and fruit trees. The older areas in the center of the city are often made up of mud and cement houses with corrugated zinc roofs. Traditional architectural styles are found in the rural communities, with variously shaped adobe houses with thatched roofs.
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