Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

Seems to be good for singles, lots of dating for all genders. There are always the visa asks just like everywhere else. Teenagers do ok, there is a mall and some kids do go out and about. Other expat parents seem a bit more lenient on the party scene than is typical for American teens so sometimes that is an issue. Accra itself can seem boring or at least more of a small town. - Nov 2019


I can really only speak to how it's been for us as a family, and we have truly enjoyed it. The school has worked out well for us, our kids found the school community very welcoming and accepting, and we've enjoyed living in a compound with friendly and incredibly helpful neighbors. When I was on medevac my husband was humbled by the support he received from neighbors. For us it's been a great family post. - May 2019


I'm not single so I don't know. I think most of the people posted here who find Ghana most comfortable are families with young children. - Apr 2018


It's probably not a good city for anyone who does not have their own transportation. It can get frustrating walking everywhere. Families should be content with their spacious living quarters and the swimming pools and other families on the housing compounds. Single people will need transportation to go to the restaurants and clubs. - Aug 2017


It is horrible for expat singles: there are very few of them. Couples and families seem to have more options. - Apr 2017


I can only comment that this is a great post for families because there are a lot of other families. Between play dates and birthday parties, time gets filled up pretty fast. There aren't SO many things to do with kids, but as families you make your own fun. - Aug 2016


Good for everyone. There are places to eat and I'm told there is more than one night club. - May 2014


We have friends in every circumstance. Everyone seems fairly happy, if they want to be. It’s easy to get frustrated by West Africa (just try to eat in a decent restaurant in less than two hours), but our community is strong and active. I would not say that it is better or worse for married people or single people, it’s best for people who know how to amuse themselves. - Apr 2012


Singles and couples should do well here. Families are in abundance. - Aug 2011


It is good for families in certain respects - children are included in most embassy events and there are a lot of crazy birthday parties. It is great for couples with children because paying for babysitting here will not require you to take out a mortgage on your house. I would NOT want to be at this post as a single person. Single women here seems to fall into two categories:happy and VERY unhappy. I think dating here can be very tough - especially if the Visa Question comes up if you are attached to the embassy. I honestly think non-embassy expats have it much easier in this regard. - Feb 2010


Families - especially with young children - not sure about singles and couples - as there are a limited number of things to do. - Feb 2010


There is an active expat community here for singles. Couples seems to be able to take more advantage of outings beyond Accra. Families do well enough entertaining each other. - May 2009


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