Top 10 reasons why Koforidua is the best city to live in Ghana
If you are thinking of migrating to Ghana or are already in Ghana but want to relocate, then Koforidua is your best bet.
Koforidua is undoubtedly one of the most popular cities in Ghana, serving as the regional capital of the Eastern Region. Many people who have had a chance to visit, reside or work in the city, find it hard to leave and proclaim it as one of the best if not the best city or regional capital in Ghana. But what makes people adjudge Koforidua as such? Jetsanza.com has narrowed the many reasons why Koforidua is the best city to live in Ghana to just ten.
Below are Top 10 Reasons Why Koforidua Is The Best City To Live In Ghana
No Traffic Jam at any point in Time
Koforidua is one of the few cities in Ghana that hardly experiences traffic situations. Unlike places like Accra and Kumasi where you could stay in traffic for hours when riding from one place to another, Koforidua is traffic-free and you don’t have to bother about waking up at dawn to go to work in order to avoid the traffic. This has made movement in the city very easy and comfortable, a reason why people from elsewhere who have visited the city believe it is the best in Ghana.
Koforidua relatively has very good roads compared to the other major cities in Ghana. Almost every road in the city, major or minor is tarred with only a handful of portholes which is normal in Ghana, even though shouldn’t be the case. Anyone who has lived in places like Accra would attest to how impressive the roads in Koforidua as all the main roads have been tarred.
The cost of accommodation in Koforidua is ridiculously cheap if you compare it to the likes of Accra, Kumasi, and Takoradi. The cost of renting in Accra costs about 6 times the price in Koforidua for the same kind of apartment. Though areas closer to schools are expensive, it’s the case in all other cities since those houses are usually used as hostels for students.
The cost of accommodation has contributed significantly to people leaving other regions to resettle in Koforidua.
Moderate Transport Fare
Transportation in Koforidua is hustle free with transport fares being very moderate. Hardly will you have to pay more than GHS2 for transportation in Koforidua, irrespective of where you are going. As far as your destination is within the city, expect to pay anything not more than GHS2. This is a sharp contrast to what pertains in other cities in Ghana, where transportation fares are a headache for the ordinary Joe. Interestingly, there is no Trotro in Koforidua and taxi fares remain cheaper than Trotro in other cities.
Good Restaurants with Cheap Foods
Koforidua is one of the few places in Ghana where you will find very good restaurants where the prices of food are very cheap. This is not so common in the country or other cities. You could easily find hotels and restaurants that meet the standard of those in Accra or Kumasi and even offer better services yet the cost of food at these restaurants are way cheaper than those in Accra. Though many have argued that foodstuffs are expensive in Koforidua, foods at the top hotels and restaurants are relatively cheaper than the same stars of hotels in other cities.
Cheap Hotel Prices
Another phenomenon that makes Koforidua the best city in Ghana is the low cost of hotels and guest houses. Usually, hotels and guest houses in regional capitals are very expensive due to the cosmopolitan nature of the cities and the high demand for these facilities. That however is not the case in Koforidua where the cost of staying in hotels and guesthouses is far less cheap compared to other regional capitals. This makes visiting the city very cheap as one can easily lodge at a guesthouse or a hotel for days and still pay an amount that can’t book a hotel for a day in Accra. Hotel rooms that go for GHS350 ($30) in Accra, are only GHS120 ($10) in Koforidua.
Almost all government institutions have branches in Koforidua
Even though Koforidua is just an hour and a half drive from Accra, you wouldn’t need to visit the national capital if you want to deal with any state institution as all the important state institutions like the Passport office, Drivers and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA) and others have offices in the city. Others may argue that these offices are found in other cities as well but what makes Koforidua different is NO QUEUES.
Koforidua has one of the best and most beautiful landscapes in Ghana. These landscapes are what people have been traveling to India, Sri Lanka and other countries to see. The town is overlooked by the Akuapem Mountains while the land itself is not tilted much to one side and has a relatively leveled surface making movement less hectic. The city also boasts a lot of green vegetation and trees, providing a better climate for residents. This is something which is missing in places like Accra where one could walk for hours without coming across a tree.
The issue of flooding in Ghana has been one of the most topical and discussed subjects in Ghana for decades, as most parts of the country, especially our regional capitals flood during the rainy seasons. Koforidua has however been an exemption from the norm. The city doesn’t experience flooding no matter the heaviness of the downpour and on the few occasions there has been flooding; hardly does it affect life and property as has become the case in places like Accra, Tamale, and Kumasi.
Koforidua has become one of the few cities in Ghana where you can expect life to go on normally without residents making any adjustments during the rainy season.
Koforidua is one of the cleanest cities in Ghana today if not the cleanest. It is normal to go jogging at dawn and see Zoomlion workers sweeping the streets and collecting all waste materials before the day breaks. Sadly is not the case in most cities in Ghana. A walk through the streets of Accra and you would see heaps of waste left by the roadsides, some of which are left uncollected for days and even weeks at times.
All the reasons cannot be listed. Aside from its closeness to Accra and Kumasi, the crime rate in the city is almost zero despite seeing Policemen in few places. The usual GHS2 collected by Policemen in other cities is not seen in Koforidua. The city also boasts of the best basic schools which are highly patronised by politicians who have second homes in the city.
It’s proximity to various attractions, easy accessibility to nearby towns, the well-patronised market days, the nightlife, the huge parking space at Jackson Park that hardly gets even one-third filled, and yes, you enjoy B. Foster Bread while it’s still fresh.
Koforidua undoubtedly is one of the best cities in Ghana and one could go on and on to explain why the city deserves all the praise it gets. Once a small and hardly spoken-about town, Koforidua is gradually defying the odds to become Ghana’s finest city.