Kuala Lumpur Population 2022

8,419,566
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Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is the federal capital and most populous city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the fastest growing metropolitan area of the country. Ranked as an alpha world city, it's the economic, financial and cultural city of the country and one of three Malaysian Federal Territories. The city also has a high Human Development Index. In 2016, Kuala Lumpur had an estimated population of 1.76 million.

City Size and Population Density

Kuala Lumpur has an estimated 2016 population of 1.76 million people in an area of just 94 square kilometers (243 square kilometers). This gives the city proper a very high population density of 17,310 people per square mile or 6,890 per square kilometer. Greater Kuala Lumpur, or the Klang Valley, is a significant urban agglomeration with an estimated population of 7.2 million in 2016 with a population density that is nearly equal to that of the city proper.

Kuala Lumpur Demographics

According to the 2010 census, major ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur are:

  • Malay/Bumiputera: 45.9%
  • Chinese: 43.2%
  • Indians: 10.3%
  • Other: 1.6%

The city is primarily a mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, although there are many cultures in the city such as Eurasians, Kadazans, Ibans and indigenous peoples from East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia. In the 1970s, the Malaysian government put in place policies deemed "racially discriminatory" to favor the Malays (also called Bumiputera, a term that describes the Malay and other indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia). This was done to defuse ethnic tensions after violence against Chinese Malaysians, and it created a strong urban Malay middle class, although it did little to get rid of poverty in rural areas and it led to resentment from other groups, including the large Chinese and Indian minorities.

In recent years, the share of foreign residents in the city has increased, now accounting for about 9% of the total population. Rapid development in the city has led to an influx of low-skilled foreign workers from countries like Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Vietnam. Many have come illegally or without the permits necessary for work.

Kuala Lumpur has many religions. Islam accounts for 46.4% of the population, followed by Buddhism (35.7%), Hinduism (8.5%), Christianity (5.8%), Daoism (1.1%) and other religions (2%).

Kuala Lumpur Population Growth

Kuala Lumpur is an aging city as birth rates have fallen in the last decade or two. This has led to a lower percentage of young people under 15, a group that has dropped from 33% in 1980 to under 27% in 2000. The working age group between 15 and 59 has increased from 63% in 1980 to 67% in 2000 as more people move to the city for opportunities.

Year Population
203510,466,823
203410,344,356
203310,216,981
203210,084,727
20319,947,603
20309,805,249
20299,657,385
20289,503,591
20279,343,327
20269,175,809
20259,000,280
20248,815,630
20238,621,724
20228,419,566
20218,210,745
20207,996,830
20197,780,301
20187,563,912
20177,318,545
20167,081,137
20156,851,431
20146,629,176
20136,414,131
20126,206,062
20116,004,742
20105,809,953
20095,621,482
20085,439,373
20075,262,684
20065,091,967
20054,926,787
20044,767,182
20034,612,329
20024,462,708
20014,317,941
20004,176,469
19993,902,215
19983,646,311
19973,407,189
19963,184,046
19952,974,961
19942,779,865
19932,597,564
19922,427,445
19912,265,540
19902,097,661
19891,942,223
19881,798,493
19871,665,047
19861,541,666
19851,427,427
19841,321,794
19831,223,718
19821,133,039
19811,049,080
1980971,445
1979899,365
1978832,722
1977771,016
1976713,959
1975660,984
1974612,004
1973566,654
1972524,721
1971485,787
1970451,201
1969439,064
1968427,269
1967415,760
1966404,576
1965393,692
1964383,116
1963372,796
1962362,768
1961353,010
1960343,527
1959334,273
1958325,281
1957316,531
1956308,028
1955299,730
1954291,668
1953283,822
1952276,197
1951268,757
1950261,528

Kuala Lumpur Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203510,466,8231.18%122,467
203410,344,3561.25%127,375
203310,216,9811.31%132,254
203210,084,7271.38%137,124
20319,947,6031.45%142,354
20309,805,2491.53%147,864
20299,657,3851.62%153,794
20289,503,5911.72%160,264
20279,343,3271.83%167,518
20269,175,8091.95%175,529
20259,000,2802.09%184,650
20248,815,6302.25%193,906
20238,621,7242.40%202,158
20228,419,5662.54%208,821
20218,210,7452.67%213,915
20207,996,8302.78%216,529
20197,780,3012.86%216,389
20187,563,9123.35%245,367
20177,318,5453.35%237,408
20167,081,1373.35%229,706
20156,851,4313.35%222,255
20146,629,1763.35%215,045
20136,414,1313.35%208,069
20126,206,0623.35%201,320
20116,004,7423.35%194,789
20105,809,9533.35%188,471
20095,621,4823.35%182,109
20085,439,3733.36%176,689
20075,262,6843.35%170,717
20065,091,9673.35%165,180
20054,926,7873.35%159,605
20044,767,1823.36%154,853
20034,612,3293.35%149,621
20024,462,7083.35%144,767
20014,317,9413.39%141,472
20004,176,4697.03%274,254
19993,902,2157.02%255,904
19983,646,3117.02%239,122
19973,407,1897.01%223,143
19963,184,0467.03%209,085
19952,974,9617.02%195,096
19942,779,8657.02%182,301
19932,597,5647.01%170,119
19922,427,4457.15%161,905
19912,265,5408.00%167,879
19902,097,6618.00%155,438
19891,942,2237.99%143,730
19881,798,4938.01%133,446
19871,665,0478.00%123,381
19861,541,6668.00%114,239
19851,427,4277.99%105,633
19841,321,7948.01%98,076
19831,223,7188.00%90,679
19821,133,0398.00%83,959
19811,049,0807.99%77,635
1980971,4458.01%72,080
1979899,3658.00%66,643
1978832,7228.00%61,706
1977771,0167.99%57,057
1976713,9598.01%52,975
1975660,9848.00%48,980
1974612,0048.00%45,350
1973566,6547.99%41,933
1972524,7218.01%38,934
1971485,7877.67%34,586
1970451,2012.76%12,137
1969439,0642.76%11,795
1968427,2692.77%11,509
1967415,7602.76%11,184
1966404,5762.76%10,884
1965393,6922.76%10,576
1964383,1162.77%10,320
1963372,7962.76%10,028
1962362,7682.76%9,758
1961353,0102.76%9,483
1960343,5272.77%9,254
1959334,2732.76%8,992
1958325,2812.76%8,750
1957316,5312.76%8,503
1956308,0282.77%8,298
1955299,7302.76%8,062
1954291,6682.76%7,846
1953283,8222.76%7,625
1952276,1972.77%7,440
1951268,7572.76%7,229
1950261,5280.00%

Kuala Lumpur Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Kuala Lumpur8,419,5662.54%
Johor Bahru1,065,3411.99%
Ipoh842,2811.76%
Kuching631,1021.61%
Kota Kinabalu575,8802.32%
Kuantan525,8722.23%
Seremban494,1042.01%
Kuala Terengganu397,7291.73%
Sandakan385,3891.39%
Alor Star358,7382.40%
Kota Bharu357,5411.45%

Other Cities in Malaysia

  1. Department of Statistics Malaysia - Population statistics for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
  2. Department of Statistics Malaysia - Malaysia Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristic Report

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