Malaysia Population 2024 (Live)

34,548,765

Malaysia is currently experiencing population growth at a rate that is gradually slowing down. Malaysia’s population is currently 32.37 million people. It is estimated that Malaysia’s population will peak in the year 2068 at 42.07 million people. Following 2069, the population will begin to steadily decline.

Malaysia’s population is growing at a rate of 1.30% as of 2020. This is significantly lower than its rate in 2000, which was 2.51%. This decrease in the population growth rate is expected to continue in the next few decades, slowing down population growth until the numbers plateau and eventually decline.

If Malaysia wants to continue to grow its population further than current projections and prevent an aging population, it will need to increase its fertility rate. The fertility rate is 2.01 births per woman, just under the population replacement rate.

Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
328,550
The current population of Malaysia is 34,548,765 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 34,671,895.

Malaysia Growth Rate

Malaysia Population 2024 (Live)

Malaysia Population Clock

Malaysia Population (as of 2/26/2024)34,548,765
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)34,671,895
Births per Day1,382
Deaths per Day532
Migrations per Day134
Net Change per Day985
Population Change Since Jan. 156,145

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1.05 minutes
One death every 2.7 minutes
One immigrant every 10.75 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1.47 minutes

Malaysia Population Clock

City
2024 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
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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 Population Density Map

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
19556,786,0772.59%2158134
19607,833,7822.91%2457133
19659,091,0163.02%2853134
197010,306,5082.54%3152135
197511,617,9472.42%3551134
198013,215,7072.61%4051133
198515,108,1352.71%4649131
199017,517,0543%5347129
199520,136,8882.83%6147126
200022,945,1502.65%7045118
200525,923,5362.47%7944117
201028,717,7312.07%8742116
201531,068,8331.59%9542113
201731,975,8061.43%9742112
201832,399,2711.32%9943112
201932,804,0201.25%10044110
202033,199,9931.21%10145110
202334,308,5251.15%10446111
202434,671,8951.11%10648108
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Malaysia Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202434,671,8951.11%10648108
202535,028,0301.08%10747108
203036,687,5690.93%11248104
203538,109,9990.76%11650106
204039,279,4590.61%12050107
204540,244,7760.49%12251107
205041,032,4330.39%12551106
205541,639,0270.29%12752107
206042,043,5140.19%12854107
206542,228,2240.09%12955109
207042,177,549-0.02%12856110
207541,925,664-0.12%12856110
208041,526,445-0.19%12655113
208541,047,236-0.23%12556113
209040,532,012-0.25%12356113
209540,006,088-0.26%12256113
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Malaysia Population by Year (Projections)

Malaysia Population Pyramid 2024

Malaysia Median Age

29.2

Total

28.9

Male

29.6

Female

Malaysia Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Malaysia.

Census Years

Year
Date
199114 August 1991
20005 July 2000
201022 August 2010
20202020
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Malaysia Population Pyramid

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

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 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 Rank 2024
Area (km²)
330,803
2024 Growth Rate
GDP (IMF '23)
$430.89
GDP (UN '22)
$406.31 Bn

Malaysia - General Info

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