Malaysia Population (LIVE)

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Malaysia Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Malaysia is 34,687,815 as of Thursday, July 18, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Malaysia 2023 population is estimated at 34,308,525 people at mid year.
  • Malaysia population is equivalent to 0.43% of the total world population.
  • Malaysia ranks number 46 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Malaysia is 104 per Km2 (270 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 328,550 Km2 (126,854 sq. miles)
  • 78.3 % of the population is urban (26,866,688 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Malaysia is 30.8 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of Malaysia (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationMalaysia
Global Rank
2024 34,671,895 1.06 % 363,370 48,997 31.2 1.76 106 78.9 % 27,360,379 0.43 % 8,118,835,999 48
2023 34,308,525 1.09 % 370,304 48,997 30.8 1.77 104 78.3 % 26,866,688 0.43 % 8,045,311,447 46
2022 33,938,221 1.09 % 364,347 48,997 30.3 1.79 103 77.7 % 26,366,660 0.43 % 7,975,105,156 45
2020 33,199,993 1.21 % 395,973 57,483 29.5 1.82 101 76.4 % 25,361,963 0.42 % 7,840,952,880 45
2015 31,068,833 1.59 % 470,220 80,603 27.3 2.04 95 73.4 % 22,800,563 0.42 % 7,426,597,537 42
2010 28,717,731 2.07 % 558,839 114,491 25.1 2.14 87 69.4 % 19,934,949 0.41 % 6,985,603,105 42
2005 25,923,536 2.47 % 595,677 245,376 23.4 2.33 79 65.9 % 17,087,554 0.40 % 6,558,176,119 44
2000 22,945,150 2.65 % 561,652174,011 22.9 2.91 70 62.6 % 14,369,654 0.37 % 6,148,898,975 45
1995 20,136,888 2.83 % 523,967 94,297 21.9 3.32 61 56.7 % 11,413,601 0.35 % 5,743,219,454 47
1990 17,517,054 3.00 % 481,784 94,487 21.0 3.37 53 51.3 % 8,981,973 0.33 % 5,316,175,862 47
1985 15,108,135 2.71 % 378,486 50,994 19.8 3.78 46 47.4 % 7,158,888 0.31 % 4,861,730,613 49
1980 13,215,707 2.61 % 319,552 6,622 18.6 4.06 40 43.9 % 5,801,245 0.30 % 4,444,007,706 51
1975 11,617,947 2.42 % 262,288 -15,218 17.3 4.52 35 39.4 % 4,579,380 0.29 % 4,069,437,231 51
1970 10,306,508 2.54 % 243,098 -25,428 16.2 5.03 31 35.1 % 3,614,368 0.28 % 3,695,390,336 52
1965 9,091,016 3.02 % 251,447 -13,158 15.6 5.83 28 31.3 % 2,849,667 0.27 % 3,337,111,983 58
1960 7,833,782 2.91 % 209,541 -10,446 16.2 6.41 24 27.7 % 2,169,592 0.26 % 3,019,233,434 57
1955 6,786,077 2.59 % 162,640 -11,592 17.3 6.44 21 24.3 % 1,648,504 0.25 % 2,746,072,141 58
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Malaysia Population Forecast

48,997
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationMalaysia
Global Rank
2025 35,028,030 1.08 % 365,607 48,997 31.6 1.76 107 79.5 % 27,844,592 0.43 % 8,191,988,453 47
2030 36,687,569 0.93 % 331,908 48,997 33.7 1.73 112 82.1 % 30,109,432 0.43 % 8,546,141,327 48
2035 38,109,999 0.76 % 284,486 48,997 35.6 1.71 116 84.1 % 32,066,630 0.43 % 8,879,397,401 50
2040 39,279,459 0.61 % 233,892 48,997 37.4 1.69 120 85.8 % 33,717,113 0.43 % 9,188,250,492 50
2045 40,244,776 0.49 % 193,063 48,997 39.1 1.69 122 87.3 % 35,138,248 0.43 % 9,467,543,575 51
2050 41,032,433 0.39 % 157,531   40.5 1.68 125 88.8 % 36,439,872 0.42 % 9,709,491,761 51
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Malaysia Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Malaysia
Life Expectancy
76.42 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
5.7
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
6.7
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Malaysia

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Kota Bharu 1,459,994
2 Kuala Lumpur 1,453,975
3 Klang 879,867
4 Kampung Baru Subang 833,571
5 Johor Bahru 802,489
6 Subang Jaya 708,296
7 Ipoh 673,318
8 Kuching 570,407
9 Petaling Jaya 520,698
10 Shah Alam 481,654
11 Kota Kinabalu 457,326
12 Sandakan 392,288
13 Seremban 372,917
14 Kuantan 366,229
15 Tawau 306,462
16 George Town 300,000
17 Kuala Terengganu 285,065
18 Sungai Petani 228,843
19 Miri 228,212
20 Taiping 217,647
21 Alor Setar 217,368
22 Bukit Mertajam 212,329
23 Sepang 212,050
24 Sibu 198,239
25 Malacca 180,671
26 Kulim 170,889
27 Kluang 169,828
28 Skudai 159,733
29 Batu Pahat 156,236
30 Bintulu 151,617
31 Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru 145,639
32 Kampung Sungai Ara 140,849
33 Tasek Glugor 135,786
34 Muar 127,897
35 Rawang 120,447
36 Butterworth 107,591
37 Lahad Datu 105,622
38 Semenyih 92,491
39 Port Dickson 89,198
40 Cukai 82,425
41 Putatan 78,340
42 Keningau 77,650
43 Ulu Tiram 75,350
44 Victoria 73,653
45 Taman Senai 73,176
46 Donggongon 71,585
47 Segamat 69,816
48 Kampong Baharu Balakong 69,302
49 Perai 65,301
50 Kangar 63,869
51 Kulai 63,762
52 Jitra 63,489
53 Teluk Intan 63,353
54 Semporna 62,641
55 Putra Heights 60,000
56 Temerluh 59,916
57 Kampong Dungun 58,674
58 Simpang Empat 58,004
59 Kuala Selangor 55,887
60 Kampung Bukit Baharu 55,656
61 Bandar Labuan 54,752
62 Kota Tinggi 52,743
63 Pontian Kechil 50,836
64 Putrajaya 50,000
65 Bentong Town 49,213
66 Banting 48,240
67 Bedong 47,585
68 Batu Gajah 46,183
69 Mentekab 42,171
70 Nibong Tebal 40,072

See also

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Notes

The Malaysia Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Malaysia delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Malaysia (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Malaysia in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.