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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 10, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Accra, Ghana is 2.3 million people. People describe Accra as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique culture and a rich history. Expats love the friendly people, the delicious food, and the vibrant nightlife. The weather in Accra is generally hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $700 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $700 to $1,000 per month.

What are the pros and cons of living in Accra?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Accra responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Accra, often appreciate the friendly and welcoming nature of the local people, making it easy to form connections and feel at home. They also enjoy the vibrant culture, rich history, and lively music scene that the city offers. The relatively low cost of living, affordable housing, and availability of fresh produce at local markets are other aspects that attract expats and digital nomads to Accra. The city's coastal location provides access to beautiful beaches, and the warm climate is a draw for those looking to escape colder weather. Additionally, Accra serves as a convenient base for exploring other parts of West Africa, with many interesting destinations within a short flight or drive. However, there are also some challenges that expats and digital nomads face while living in Accra. Traffic congestion can be a significant issue, leading to long commutes and frustration. The city's infrastructure may not be as developed as in some other countries, which can result in unreliable internet connections, power outages, and water shortages. Healthcare facilities in Accra may not meet the standards that some expats are accustomed to, and it may be necessary to travel to other countries for certain medical treatments. Additionally, the city can be quite noisy and polluted, which may be a concern for those with health issues or sensitivities. Finally, while many locals speak English, there can still be language barriers and cultural differences that may take some time to adjust to. Overall, living in Accra can be a rewarding experience for expats and digital nomads, but it also comes with its share of challenges," explained one expat living in Accra.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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