Population of Cities in Malaysia (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
36
100,000 to 1 Million
115
10,000 to 100,000
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Klang
  • Kampung Baru Subang
  • Johor Bahru
  • Subang Jaya
  • Ipoh
  • Kuching
  • Petaling Jaya
  • Shah Alam
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Sandakan
  • Seremban
  • Kuantan
  • Kota Bharu
  • Tawau
  • George Town
  • Kuala Terengganu
  • Sungai Petani
  • Miri
  • Taiping
  • Alor Setar
  • Bukit Mertajam
  • Sepang
  • Sibu
  • Malacca
  • Kulim
  • Kluang
  • Skudai
  • Batu Pahat
  • Bintulu
  • Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru
  • Kampung Sungai Ara
  • Tasek Glugor
  • Muar
  • Rawang
  • Butterworth
  • Lahad Datu
  • Semenyih
  • Port Dickson
  • Cukai
  • Putatan
  • Keningau
  • Ulu Tiram
  • Victoria
  • Taman Senai
  • Donggongon
  • Segamat
  • Kampong Baharu Balakong
  • Perai
  • Kangar

Malaysia is the world's 67th largest country by area, and a country of this size has a population to match. As one of the most populated countries in the world, Malaysia has many major cities that add to these numbers. Its largest city, Kota Bharu, has a population of 1.459 million as of 2016. However, its second largest city, Kuala Lumpur, doesn't fall far behind, boasting a population of 1.453 million. While these are the only two cities in the country to have surpassed the one million person milestone, there are other major cities that have contributed to its overall population. The country has over 30 cities that have a minimum population of 100,000, while an additional 111 cities have populations exceeding 10,000 and adding to the overall population size of this country.

There are also a number of residents that don't reside within the urbanized cities of Malaysia but instead, live in its rural areas. In fact, 25% of the total population lives in rural areas, according to data from 2015. However, looking at numbers from past decades show just how much the cities of Malaysia are growing, as 73% of the country lived in rural areas in 1960. Many of Malaysia's major cities boast mosques, former and current palances and royal buildings that preserve the country's history, distinct cuisine that can be sampled throughout its restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, natural scenery and a variety of landmarks and tourist destinations that have led to the development and expansion of its cities, and with it, the increase in urban population.

Malaysia has 1 cities with more than a million people, 36 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 115 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, with a population of 1,453,975 people.

Kuala Lumpur

The alpha world city is also a key city that is a cultural, financial and economical center of the country.

1,453,975

Klang

This royal city has a history that dates back to prehistoric times.

879,867

Kampung Baru Subang

This city is known for being Malaysia's hub for private and corporate aviation and being the home to beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods.

833,571

Johor Bahru

This city boasts multiple tourist attractions including Grand Palace and Danga Bay.

802,489

Subang Jaya

Shopping malls, a water park and many cafes and restaurants set this Malaysian city apart.

708,296

Ipoh

Mountains, lakes and limestone caves add to the natural beauty of this city.

673,318

Kuching

This major industrial center is considered the ideal destination for foodies.

570,407

Petaling Jaya

'PJ' began its rapid growth in the 1950s, and today is one of Malaysia's most populous cities.

520,698

Shah Alam

This was Malaysia's first planned city after gaining independence from Britain.

481,654

Name 2018 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
Alor Setar217,368Map
Bukit Mertajam212,329Map
Sepang212,050Map
Sibu198,239Map
Malacca180,671Map
Kulim170,889Map
Kluang169,828Map
Skudai159,733Map
Batu Pahat156,236Map
Bintulu151,617Map
Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru145,639Map
Kampung Sungai Ara140,849Map
Tasek Glugor135,786Map
Muar127,897Map
Rawang120,447Map
Butterworth107,591Map
Lahad Datu105,622Map
Semenyih92,491Map
Port Dickson89,198Map
Cukai82,425Map
Putatan78,340Map
Keningau77,650Map
Ulu Tiram75,350Map
Victoria73,653Map
Taman Senai73,176Map
Donggongon71,585Map
Segamat69,816Map
Kampong Baharu Balakong69,302Map
Perai65,301Map
Kangar63,869Map
Kulai63,762Map
Jitra63,489Map
Teluk Intan63,353Map
Semporna62,641Map
Putra Heights60,000Map
Temerluh59,916Map
Kampong Dungun58,674Map
Simpang Empat58,004Map
Kuala Selangor55,887Map
Kampung Bukit Baharu55,656Map
Bandar Labuan54,752Map
Kota Tinggi52,743Map
Pontian Kechil50,836Map
Putrajaya50,000Map
Bentong Town49,213Map
Banting48,240Map
Bedong47,585Map
Batu Gajah46,183Map
Mentekab42,171Map
Nibong Tebal40,072Map
Raub40,024Map
Kampong Pangkal Kalong39,904Map
Lumut39,595Map
Kuala Kangsar39,331Map
Klebang Besar38,643Map
Kampung Ayer Keroh37,716Map
Kampung Baharu Nilai36,720Map
Tangkak35,109Map
Jerantut33,606Map
Kudat32,393Map
Pekan31,826Map
Bahau31,273Map
Bakri30,280Map
Kuah30,212Map
Bidur30,016Map
Sarikei29,281Map
Kampong Masjid Tanah29,185Map
Tanah Merah29,116Map
Serendah28,484Map
Tampin28,238Map
Tapah Road27,863Map
Parit Buntar27,313Map
Simanggang27,207Map
Permatang Kuching27,191Map
Yong Peng27,138Map
Sungai Besar26,939Map
Limbang26,199Map
Sungai Udang26,044Map
Batu Berendam25,028Map
Jenjarum24,857Map
Kertih24,401Map
Tanjung Tokong24,071Map
Ladang Seri Kundang23,307Map
Pekan Nenas23,292Map
Peringat23,288Map
Batu Arang22,579Map
Tanjung Sepat22,340Map
Mersing22,007Map
Labis21,906Map
Marang21,410Map
Kuang21,185Map
Paka21,044Map
Bagan Serai20,476Map
Alor Gajah20,163Map
Batang Berjuntai20,001Map
Pelabuhan Klang20,000Map
Batu Feringgi20,000Map
Gua Musang19,731Map
Kuala Pilah19,510Map
Ranau19,294Map
Papar19,278Map
Kampong Kadok19,233Map
Kuala Kedah19,231Map
Kampar19,056Map
Pasir Mas19,017Map
Kampung Simpang Renggam17,528Map
Parit Raja17,441Map
Bukit Rambai17,391Map
Sabak Bernam17,251Map
Kepala Batas17,131Map
Kampung Tanjung Karang16,393Map
Pantai Remis16,317Map
Gurun15,964Map
Beaufort15,855Map
Kapit15,771Map
Kinarut15,716Map
Kampung Ayer Molek15,497Map
Kuala Lipis15,448Map
Pantai Cenang15,000Map
Bemban14,329Map
Kuala Perlis13,917Map
Sungai Pelek New Village13,829Map
Jertih13,526Map
Kelapa Sawit13,239Map
Buloh Kasap13,088Map
Kota Belud12,825Map
Kampung Bukit Tinggi, Bentong12,346Map
Tumpat12,280Map
Kuala Sungai Baru12,269Map
Juru12,265Map
Pulau Sebang11,879Map
Chaah11,844Map
Telaga Batu10,000Map
Padang Mat Sirat10,000Map
Ayer Hangat10,000Map
Taman Rajawali10,000Map
Tanah Rata7,000Map