Malaysia Population 2017

31,670,356

Malaysia is a federal state that has a monarchy system of governance. It is comprised of 13 large states and 3 different federal territories. Its area is about 330,803 square kilometers. The Malaysian land is divided into two parts, namely Malaysian Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia, between which the South China Sea flows. The population of Malaysia is estimated in 2017 to be around 31.62 million.

Malaysia borders Brunei, Thailand, and Indonesia. Its sea borders Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia.

The current population of Malaysia is 31.62 million, a significant increase from 2013's estimate of 29,791,949. In 2014, the number of births taking place in Malaysia was 511,865 while deaths were recorded at 145,648.

Malaysia Population History

During the 1960s, the Malaysian population was recorded at 8.16 million, which gradually increased to 10.91 million in 1970. In 1980, the Malaysian population increased to 13.83 million, after which a drastic rise took place and the population reached 20.21 million in 1994. Finally, the population rate was 28.86 million in the year 2011.

Malaysia Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in Malaysia showed a dramatic increase in the years from 1960 to 2011 as it grew from an average of 59.42 years to 74.26 years respectively. In 2016, the life expectancy is 74.1.

The life expectancy in Malaysia was 59.42 years in 1960, reached 63.94 years in 1970, then 67.40 years in 1980, and finally reached 70.06 years in 1990. In 2000, the statistics showed the average life expectancy to be 72.14 years, and in 2016 it has reached 74.1 years with male life expectancy at 71.7 years and female life expectancy at 76.4 years.

Demographics

The population of Malaysia was 28,334,135 according to the 2010 census. This made Malaysia the 42nd most populated country in the world. Malaysia consists of people of different cultures and religions. Only 50.4% of the population is Malay, and the rest is Bumiputera, Muslim, and other ethnic groups including majorities and minorities.

Malaysian nationality is only given to a child whose parents are both Malaysian. Dual nationality in Malaysia is not allowed.

The infant mortality rate in 2012was 14.57 deaths per 1000, and life expectancy at birth in 2012 was 75 years in Malaysia. Five percent of the government social sector development budget is spent on health care to develop Malaysia into a medical tourism destination. Peninsular Malaysia has an urban population of 70%. This area consists of approximately 25 million Malaysians, and the population is mostly concentrated here. Kuala Lampur is the capital and is also the center of financial and commercial activities. A city named Putrajaya was constructed in Malaysia to normalize the growing population in Kuala Lumpur and is now the seat of government.

Malaysia is estimated to have about 6 million migrant workers because of a rise in labor-intensive industries. It is estimated by the Sabah-based NGOs that out of those 6 million migrant workers, about half are illegal migrants.

Refugees and asylum seekers are also found to be living in Malaysia, so Malaysian officials are working on enforcing its immigration law.

Malaysia Population in 2018Source: Naim Fadil

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Malaysia Population Growth

The annual growth of Malaysia is statistically estimated to be 1.6%. As we see in the population growth statistics, Malaysia’s growth rate gets lower each year. From being 2% in 2000, it went down to 1.8 % in 2005, and then declined to 1.72% in 2009. It dropped to 1.61% in 2010 and finally to 1.54% in the year 2012. This statistical analysis shows that Malaysia needs to improve on a lot in order to raise its population growth rate. There is a need to increase the birth ratio over the death ratio. Some other measures taken by the government, such as health and social services, can help to increase the population growth rate.

It is expected there will be an increase in the population growth of Malaysia with significant changes in the ethnic composition of the population in the next 40 years. The number of Malays will continue to rise as it did from 56.6 percent in 1980 to 60.1 percent in the year 2000. It will finally rise to about 64.4 percent in the year 2020.

About Malaysia

Official NameMalaysia
Languages SpokenMalay, English
BordersBRN, IDN, THA
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude2.5112.5
Currencies UsedMYR

Malaysia Population Density

Name Population
Kota Bharu1,459,994
Kuala Lumpur1,453,975
Klang879,867
Kampung Baru Subang833,571
Johor Bahru802,489
Subang Jaya708,296
Ipoh673,318
Kuching570,407
Petaling Jaya520,698
Shah Alam481,654
Kota Kinabalu457,326
Sandakan392,288
Seremban372,917
Kuantan366,229
Tawau306,462
George Town300,000
Kuala Terengganu285,065
Sungai Petani228,843
Miri228,212
Taiping217,647
Alor Setar217,368
Bukit Mertajam212,329
Sibu198,239
Malacca180,671
Kulim170,889
Kluang169,828
Skudai159,733
Batu Pahat156,236
Bintulu151,617
Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru145,639
Kampung Sungai Ara140,849
Tasek Glugor135,786
Muar127,897
Rawang120,447
Butterworth107,591
Lahad Datu105,622
Semenyih92,491
Port Dickson89,198
Cukai82,425
Putatan78,340
Keningau77,650
Ulu Tiram75,350
Victoria73,653
Taman Senai73,176
Donggongon71,585
Segamat69,816
Kampong Baharu Balakong69,302
Perai65,301
Kangar63,869
Kulai63,762
Jitra63,489
Teluk Intan63,353
Semporna62,641
Temerluh59,916
Kampong Dungun58,674
Simpang Empat58,004
Kuala Selangor55,887
Kampung Bukit Baharu55,656
Bandar Labuan54,752
Kota Tinggi52,743
Pontian Kechil50,836
Putrajaya50,000
Bentong Town49,213
Banting48,240
Bedong47,585
Batu Gajah46,183
Mentekab42,171
Nibong Tebal40,072
Raub40,024
Kampong Pangkal Kalong39,904
Lumut39,595
Kuala Kangsar39,331
Klebang Besar38,643
Kampung Ayer Keroh37,716
Kampung Baharu Nilai36,720
Tangkak35,109
Jerantut33,606
Kudat32,393
Pekan31,826
Bahau31,273
Bakri30,280
Kuah30,212
Bidur30,016
Sarikei29,281
Kampong Masjid Tanah29,185
Tanah Merah29,116
Serendah28,484
Tampin28,238
Tapah Road27,863
Parit Buntar27,313
Simanggang27,207
Permatang Kuching27,191
Yong Peng27,138
Sungai Besar26,939
Limbang26,199
Sungai Udang26,044
Batu Berendam25,028
Jenjarum24,857
Kertih24,401
Tanjung Tokong24,071
Ladang Seri Kundang23,307
Pekan Nenas23,292
Peringat23,288
Batu Arang22,579
Tanjung Sepat22,340
Mersing22,007
Labis21,906
Marang21,410
Kuang21,185
Paka21,044
Bagan Serai20,476
Alor Gajah20,163
Batang Berjuntai20,001
Gua Musang19,731
Kuala Pilah19,510
Ranau19,294
Papar19,278
Kampong Kadok19,233
Kuala Kedah19,231
Kampar19,056
Pasir Mas19,017
Kampung Simpang Renggam17,528
Parit Raja17,441
Bukit Rambai17,391
Sabak Bernam17,251
Kepala Batas17,131
Kampung Tanjung Karang16,393
Pantai Remis16,317
Gurun15,964
Beaufort15,855
Kapit15,771
Kinarut15,716
Kampung Ayer Molek15,497
Kuala Lipis15,448
Bemban14,329
Kuala Perlis13,917
Sungai Pelek New Village13,829
Jertih13,526
Kelapa Sawit13,239
Buloh Kasap13,088
Kota Belud12,825
Kampung Bukit Tinggi, Bentong12,346
Tumpat12,280
Kuala Sungai Baru12,269
Juru12,265
Pulau Sebang11,879
Chaah11,844
Taman Rajawali10,000
Tanah Rata7,000

Malaysia Population Clock

What is the population of Malaysia (as of 11/15/2017)?31,670,356
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)31,624,264
Births Per Day284
Deaths Per Day87
Net Migrations Per Day 137
Net Change Per Day 334
Population Change Since January 1st106,546

Malaysia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 16.649 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.122 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.595 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.234 years
Male Life Expectancy 72.904 years
Female Life Expectancy 77.606 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.901 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.907 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 6.703 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 8.058 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.797 years
Rate of Natural Increase 11.441
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 3.248%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.588%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.894%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 12.522%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 16.881%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.138%
Median Age (Total) 28.2 years
Median Age (Female) 28.5 years
Median Age (Male) 28 years

Malaysia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201731,624,26451.62%48.38%961.46%
201530,723,15551.68%48.32%931.79%
201028,112,28951.54%48.46%851.84%
200525,659,39351.24%48.76%782.05%
200023,185,60850.95%49.05%702.50%
199520,495,59750.90%49.10%622.59%
199018,038,32150.88%49.12%552.95%
198515,598,94250.56%49.44%472.48%
198013,798,12550.55%49.45%422.56%
197512,162,36950.56%49.44%372.40%
197010,803,97850.68%49.32%332.55%
19659,526,56350.83%49.17%293.15%
19608,157,10650.91%49.09%252.99%
19557,039,71951.00%49.00%212.87%
19506,109,91551.46%48.54%180.00%

Malaysia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202032,869,32351.48%48.52%990.00%
202534,949,75851.30%48.70%1061.23%
203036,814,96851.14%48.86%1111.05%
203538,380,67050.99%49.01%1160.84%
204039,668,26250.86%49.14%1200.66%
204540,760,92850.74%49.26%1230.54%
205041,729,21750.64%49.36%1260.47%
205542,560,48450.57%49.43%1290.40%
206043,194,48550.51%49.49%1310.30%
206543,580,75050.47%49.53%1320.18%
207043,697,58950.44%49.56%1320.05%
207543,580,73650.44%49.56%132-0.05%
208043,307,70050.44%49.56%131-0.13%
208542,958,59950.47%49.53%130-0.16%
209042,585,80150.50%49.50%129-0.17%
209542,203,73650.54%49.46%128-0.18%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer