Malaysia Population 2018

31,993,108

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 2018 to be around 32.04 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 32.04 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 58 seconds
One death every 3 minutes
One net migrant every 11 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1 minutes

Malaysia Population in 2018Source: Naim Fadil

Malaysia Population Pyramid 2018

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Malaysia Median Age

28.2


Total

28


Male

28.5


Female

Malaysia Population by Age

There are 22,296,323 adults in Malaysia.

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 SpokenEnglish, Malay
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude2.5112.5
Currencies UsedMalaysia Ringgit
DemonymMalaysian

Countries Bordering Malaysia

Brunei
Indonesia
Thailand

Malaysia Population Density

Malaysia Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
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
Kota Bharu314,946
Tawau306,462
George Town300,000
Kuala Terengganu285,065
Sungai Petani228,843
Miri228,212
Taiping217,647

Malaysia Population Clock

The population of Malaysia (as of 5/19/2018)?31,993,108
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)32,042,458
Births Per Day1,478
Deaths Per Day440
Net Migrations Per Day 137
Net Change Per Day 1,175
Population Change Since January 1st163,325

Malaysia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 16.976 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.049 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.573 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.52 years
Male Life Expectancy 73.37 years
Female Life Expectancy 77.92 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.01 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.962 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 5.494 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 6.788 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.874 years
Rate of Natural Increase 11.927

Malaysia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201832,042,45851.58%48.42%96.86451.32%
201731,624,26451.62%48.38%95.60451.40%
201631,187,26551.66%48.34%94.28451.51%
201530,723,15551.68%48.32%92.87451.79%
201028,112,28951.54%48.46%84.98441.84%
200525,659,39351.24%48.76%77.57432.05%
200023,185,60850.95%49.05%70.09442.50%
199520,495,59750.90%49.10%61.96462.59%
199018,038,32150.88%49.12%54.53452.95%
198515,598,94250.56%49.44%47.15482.48%
198013,798,12550.55%49.45%41.71492.56%
197512,162,36950.56%49.44%36.77492.40%
197010,803,97850.68%49.32%32.66492.55%
19659,526,56350.83%49.17%28.80503.15%
19608,157,10650.91%49.09%24.66532.99%
19557,039,71951.00%49.00%21.28562.87%
19506,109,91551.46%48.54%18.47590.00%

Malaysia Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202032,869,32351.48%48.52%99.36450.00%
202534,949,75851.30%48.70%105.65471.23%
203036,814,96851.14%48.86%111.29451.05%
203538,380,67050.99%49.01%116.02470.84%
204039,668,26250.86%49.14%119.92480.66%
204540,760,92850.74%49.26%123.22480.54%
205041,729,21750.64%49.36%126.15500.47%
205542,560,48450.57%49.43%128.66520.40%
206043,194,48550.51%49.49%130.57520.30%
206543,580,75050.47%49.53%131.74530.18%
207043,697,58950.44%49.56%132.10540.05%
207543,580,73650.44%49.56%131.7453-0.05%
208043,307,70050.44%49.56%130.9254-0.13%
208542,958,59950.47%49.53%129.8656-0.16%
209042,585,80150.50%49.50%128.7356-0.17%
209542,203,73650.54%49.46%127.5856-0.18%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 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.

  2. GeoNames Gazetteer