The population of the Atebubu – Amantin Municipal has its own unique features. It has always experienced growth in numbers over the years and has a large youthful population which is male dominant. The population of the Municipal is not evenly distributed, and the number of persons per square kilometer is also on the increase.
Population Size, Growth Rates and Distribution
The Atebubu-Amantin Municipal has an estimated population of 130,693.This comprises 50.7males and 49.3% females. This pattern is different from the regional and national statistics where females are more than males. This may be due to the fact that the Municipal is a farming community and majority of males migrate to the area for farming activities. The land size is 2,624 km² with a population density of 49.8 person/km² and a growth rate of 3.0%.
With respect to locality of residence, 46.7 percent of the population lives in the urban areas and 53.3 percent in the rural communities. However, from age 15-29 the trend is different. Rural communities have lesser persons of the same age cohort as compared to the urban areas. This may be as a result of education and economic activities. Therefore, there is the need for planners and policy makers to redevelop strategies to make the rural areas accessible to educational facilities and other economic ventures
Age - Sex Structure
The Municipal has a relatively large male population compared to that of female which makes it unique to compare both Regional and the national statistics. The large male population in the Municipal is due partly to the continuous influx of settler farmers who come into the Municipal to tap the district’s agricultural potentials. It has been observed that most of these settler farmers if not all are males.
In terms of age structure, the Municipal has a large youthful population. The two cohort that contains most of the people are the 0-14 group and 15 –64 group (See Table 4).
Another significant feature of the Municipal population is its large labor force. The cohort that falls within the active labor force constitutes 52.9% of the Municipal population. This is a bit higher than the regional and national active labor force of 52.4%. This large active labor force could be positioned to harness and maximize the vast agricultural potentials of the district. Though the dependent population of 47.1% can also be said to be high, the number of dependants could be lower since most of those in the aged senile age group could still be engaged in one or other form of agricultural production.
The population density of the Municipal has never been stable nor has it experienced any decline over time. The increase in population over time is reflected in the high population densities recorded for the period 1970, 1984 and 2000 (See Table 1.5). The number of persons per square kilometer (density) as at each of the population censuses has increased from 9 persons in 1970 to 14 persons in 1984 to 24 persons in 2000 and to 40 persons in 2010. The increasing density in time shows the increasing pressure of the district’s population on the land and its resources. This may be an indication of growing pressure on the district’s fragile environment which may gradually result in environmental degradation.
There is high concentration of people in the two major towns of the Municipal - Atebubu and Amantin. There are also pockets of concentration in the settlements along the main Kumasi-Ejura-Atebubu trunk road. This trend could be attributed to the availability of economic opportunities and social services in the two major towns of the Municipal and the opening up of the area by the Kumasi-Ejura-Atebubu highway.
The population of the Municipal is basically rural. About 53% of the people reside in the rural areas. The remaining 47% of the people can be found in the only two main towns of the district, Atebubu and Amantin. Apart from these two towns, the other settlements have their population figures below 5000. Refer to Figure 3 for the spatial distribution of settlements of various population sizes in the district.
This section discusses the spatial organization of settlements in the district. It provides a summary of the socio-economic profile within a spatial context. It further deals with the type, number, distribution of facilities and services, and how these factors ultimately shape the hierarchy of settlements in the district.
The spatial pattern of settlements in the Municipal could generally be described as dispersed, with the exception of a few settlements located along the major Atebubu-Yeji road. There are only two urban settlements in the district, namely, Atebubu and Amantin, through which one of the subsidiary highways linking Northern Ghana with Southern Ghana passes. At the moment, this highway is the only paved road within the district. This settlement pattern, coupled with the generally low population thresholds of these settlements has made it very expensive and difficult to economically distribute projects including road networks in the district.
Geographical Distribution of Services
An analysis of the distribution of services using the Scalogram Analysis technique shows that facilities and services are not evenly distributed within the district. The Scalogram is a non-statistical tool that arrays facilities and services by their ubiquity and ranks settlements by their functional complexity, on a matrix. By this, the settlements were ranked based on both their population, the number of facilities and type of services they offer. The distribution of these services and facilities in the selected settlements are presented in the Scalogram (See Table 1.19) for details.
In constructing the scalogram, the top 25 settlements in terms of population size, with populations ranging from 460 to over 23,000 people were selected and arranged in a descending order. Also, a total of 26 functions cutting across commerce, security, transport and communication, public administration, education, health and sanitation, water supply, recreation and other areas were considered. The functions were weighed according to their level of complexity. Subsequently, the Total Centrality for each settlement was determined.
From the analysis, Atebubu and Amantin were found to be performing more functions than the other settlements in the district. Next to these settlements in the functional order were New Konkrompe and Kumfia. This is a clear indication of spatial inequity, and if not corrected, will polarize the Municipal population and resources at the urban areas leaving the rural communities more deprived. Conscious efforts are needed to re-direct population concentration in Atebubu and Amantin to the other major settlements in the Municipal through well balanced and equitable distribution of facilities and services.
Hierarchy and Distribution of Settlements
Weights were assigned to various services and facilities and the total centrality index which represents the degree to which each of the settlements provide functions to people in other areas, was then calculated, and this was used to classify settlements into five levels of hierarchy. The hierarchy of settlements based on the functions of the settlement was found to run at par with the population sizes of the communities. This is shown in Table 1.20.
The scalogram depicts spatial inequalities in the distribution of services and facilities. Atebubu alone has 22 facilities and services, Amantin has 12 facilities and services and Jato-Zongo has 11 facilities and services, leaving the remaining settlements with less than 11 facilities and services. It has also been observed that population and services in the Municipal are concentrated along the major (road) highway. Such a skewed distribution reinforces the primacy of Atebubu. A deliberate development policy is required to resource deficient areas, for example by upgrading some settlements, through the provision of relevant services at the appropriate scale.
Date Created : 11/21/2017 6:48:27 AM
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