Malaysia Population 2019

31,961,127

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 2019 to be around 31.95 million, which ranks 44th in the world.

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 31.95 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 Area and Population Density

The surface area of Malaysia is approximately 127,722.6 square miles (330,800 square kilometers) with a population density as of 2016 of 95 individuals per square kilometer. Much of the population is denser around the coastal areas. See the map below for more visual information on Malaysia's population density.

Largest Cities in Malaysia

Roughly three-quarters of the Malaysian population live in urban areas, and there are several large cities. The capital of Kuala Lumpur is by far the largest city in the country with a population of 1.808 million. Although Kuala Lumpur is the only city with a population over one million, there are a handful of sizable cities with populations between 500,000 and one million including Seberang Perai, George Town, Ipoh, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Iskandar Puteri, Seremban, and Johor Bahru.

Malaysia 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.

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 Lumpur is the capital and is also the center of financial and commercial activities.

Malaysia Religion, Economy and Politics

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.

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.

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 Population Growth

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 Projections

The growth rate in Malaysia is projected to remain close to 1.25% annually for the next decade, but is also predicted to decrease below 1% close to 2030. The population is forecast to be 32,869,323 in 2020, 36,814,968 by 2030, and to break over 40 million by 2042.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1 minutes
One death every 3 minutes
One net migrant every 11 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1 minutes

Malaysia Population in 2018Source: By Flying Pharmacist [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia Population Pyramid 2019

Malaysia Population by Age

There are 22,777,060 adults in Malaysia.

Census Years

Year Date
20202020
201022 August 2010
20005 July 2000
199114 August 1991
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.

Official NameMalaysia
Languages SpokenEnglish, Malay
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude2.5112.5
Currencies UsedMalaysia Ringgit
DemonymMalaysian
Name Population Location
Kuala Lumpur1,453,975Map
Klang879,867Map
Kampung Baru Subang833,571Map
Johor Bahru802,489Map
Subang Jaya708,296Map
Ipoh673,318Map
Kuching570,407Map
Petaling Jaya520,698Map
Shah Alam481,654Map
Kota Kinabalu457,326Map
Sandakan392,288Map
Seremban372,917Map
Kuantan366,229Map
Kota Bharu314,946Map
Tawau306,462Map
George Town300,000Map
Kuala Terengganu285,065Map
Sungai Petani228,843Map
Miri228,212Map
Taiping217,647Map

Malaysia Population Clock

The population of Malaysia (as of 7/10/2019)?31,961,127
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)31,949,777
Births Per Day1,445
Deaths Per Day447
Net Migrations Per Day 137
Net Change Per Day 1,135
Population Change Since January 1st216,785

Malaysia Population Estimator

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Estimate as of July 10th 2019 is: 31,960,040

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201931,949,77751.40%48.60%96.58441.34%
201831,528,03351.42%48.58%95.31441.36%
201731,104,64651.44%48.56%94.03441.37%
201630,684,65451.46%48.54%92.76441.37%
201530,270,96251.49%48.51%91.51441.42%
201028,208,03551.58%48.42%85.27441.89%
200525,690,61151.26%48.74%77.66442.07%
200023,194,25750.95%49.05%70.12442.51%
199520,487,60750.90%49.10%61.93452.59%
199018,029,82450.87%49.13%54.50452.94%
198515,598,92750.56%49.44%47.15482.48%
198013,798,08550.55%49.45%41.71492.56%
197512,162,18750.55%49.45%36.77492.40%
197010,804,13150.68%49.32%32.66492.55%
19659,526,55850.82%49.18%28.80513.15%
19608,156,34750.90%49.10%24.66522.99%
19557,038,91350.99%49.01%21.28572.87%
19506,109,91551.46%48.54%18.47580.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202032,365,99951.38%48.62%97.84450.00%
202534,349,93651.28%48.72%103.84471.20%
203036,095,05451.19%48.81%109.11471.00%
203537,566,14851.10%48.90%113.56500.80%
204038,754,57451.02%48.98%117.15490.62%
204539,729,69950.96%49.04%120.10490.50%
205040,550,36550.90%49.10%122.58510.41%
205541,230,75950.87%49.13%124.64530.33%
206041,731,87750.85%49.15%126.15530.24%
206542,013,36150.85%49.15%127.00540.13%
207042,061,94450.89%49.11%127.15540.02%
207541,912,49150.94%49.06%126.7054-0.07%
208041,625,09251.02%48.98%125.8354-0.14%
208541,267,99751.09%48.91%124.7555-0.17%
209040,886,93951.15%48.85%123.6057-0.19%
209540,492,78551.19%48.81%122.4158-0.19%
  1. Department of Statistics Malaysia
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with censuses from 1960 through 2010, and with the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer