Malaysia Population: 32,238,918

Malaysia has a federal-state system with monarchy governance. Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo are the 2 divisions of the Malaysian land. Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia boundary Malaysia. It is a multicultural and multi-ethnic country. It is popular for its rainforests, beaches, and Malay mix. The place is highly influenced by the cultural backgrounds of Indian, Chinese, and European. The place is popular for its colonial constructions, skyscrapers, and shopping districts. Here lies the Petronas Twin Towers, which are 451 meters tall. The most popular nature island also lies here, which is a great site for a family.

Largest cities by population in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, which is largely populated along with other cities like Seberang Perai, Klang, George Town, etc.

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Kota Bharu 1,459,994 Malacca 180,671 Perai 65,301
Kuala Lumpur 1,453,975 Kulim 170,889 Kangar 63,869
Klang 879,867 Kluang 169,828 Kulai 63,762
Kampung Baru Subang 833,571 Skudai 159,733 Jitra 63,489
Johor Bahru 802,489 Batu Pahat 156,236 Teluk Intan 63,353
Subang Jaya 708,296 Bintulu 151,617 Semporna 62,641
Ipoh 673,318 Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru 145,639 Putra Heights 60,000
Kuching 570,407 Kampung Sungai Ara 140,849 Temerluh 59,916
Petaling Jaya 520,698 Tasek Glugor 135,786 Kampong Dungun 58,674
Shah Alam 481,654 Muar 127,897 Simpang Empat 58,004
Kota Kinabalu 457,326 Rawang 120,447 Kuala Selangor 55,887
Sandakan 392,288 Butterworth 107,591 Kampung Bukit Baharu 55,656
Seremban 372,917 Lahad Datu 105,622 Bandar Labuan 54,752
Kuantan 366,229 Semenyih 92,491 Kota Tinggi 52,743
Tawau 306,462 Port Dickson 89,198 Pontian Kechil 50,836
George Town 300,000 Cukai 82,425 Putrajaya 50,000
Kuala Terengganu 285,065 Putatan 78,340 Bentong Town 49,213
Sungai Petani 228,843 Keningau 77,650 Banting 48,240
Miri 228,212 Ulu Tiram 75,350 Bedong 47,585
Taiping 217,647 Victoria 73,653 Batu Gajah 46,183
Alor Setar 217,368 Taman Senai 73,176 Mentekab 42,171
Bukit Mertajam 212,329 Donggongon 71,585 Nibong Tebal 40,072
Sepang 212,050 Segamat 69,816
Sibu 198,239 Kampong Baharu Balakong 69,302

Malaysia Population History

In the 1960s, 8.16 million were recorded in Malaysia. This rose to 10.91 million by 1970 and then 13.83 million by 1980 and reached to 20.21 million by 1994. By 2011, it was 28.86 million people. About 6 million are migrants, as there is an increase in labor-intensive factories.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 32,365,999 1.30% 416,222 50,000 30.3 2.01 99 78.40% 25,361,963 0.42% 7,794,798,739 45
2019 31,949,777 1.34% 421,744 50,000 28.6 2.09 97 77.80% 24,862,312 0.41% 7,713,468,100 44
2018 31,528,033 1.36% 423,387 50,000 28.6 2.09 96 77.30% 24,363,730 0.41% 7,631,091,040 44
2017 31,104,646 1.37% 419,992 50,000 28.6 2.09 95 76.70% 23,859,450 0.41% 7,547,858,925 44
2016 30,684,654 1.37% 413,692 50,000 28.6 2.09 93 76.10% 23,340,549 0.41% 7,464,022,049 44
2015 30,270,962 1.42% 412,585 50,000 28.2 2.11 92 75.30% 22,800,563 0.41% 7,379,797,139 44
2010 28,208,035 1.89% 503,485 152,376 26 2.22 86 70.70% 19,934,949 0.41% 6,956,823,603 44
2005 25,690,611 2.07% 499,271 134,295 25 2.45 78 66.50% 17,087,554 0.39% 6,541,907,027 44
2000 23,194,257 2.51% 541,330 103,338 23.8 3.13 71 62.00% 14,369,654 0.38% 6,143,493,823 44
1995 20,487,607 2.59% 491,557 58,471 22.5 3.44 62 55.70% 11,413,601 0.36% 5,744,212,979 45
1990 18,029,824 2.94% 486,179 85,091 21.6 3.67 55 49.80% 8,981,973 0.34% 5,327,231,061 45
1985 15,598,927 2.48% 360,168 -15,457 20.5 3.97 47 45.90% 7,158,888 0.32% 4,870,921,740 48
1980 13,798,085 2.56% 327,180 -1,089 19.5 4.2 42 42.00% 5,801,245 0.31% 4,458,003,514 49
1975 12,162,187 2.40% 271,611 -27,061 18.6 4.72 37 37.70% 4,579,380 0.30% 4,079,480,606 49
1970 10,804,131 2.55% 255,515 -27,856 17.6 5.38 33 33.50% 3,614,368 0.29% 3,700,437,046 49
1965 9,526,558 3.15% 274,042 -11,720 16.9 6.37 29 29.90% 2,849,667 0.29% 3,339,583,597 57
1960 8,156,347 2.99% 223,487 -12,568 17.6 6.38 25 26.60% 2,169,592 0.27% 3,034,949,748 52
1955 7,038,913 2.87% 185,800 -3,436 18.5 6.35 21 23.40% 1,648,504 0.25% 2,773,019,936 57

Malaysia Population Forecast

As per UN data, the Malaysian urban population shall rise to 36,439,872 by the mid-21st century or 2050. But, Malaysia’s share in the global population remains 0.42 percent.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 32,365,999 1.35% 419,007 50,000 30.3 2.01 99 78.40% 25,361,963 0.42% 7,794,798,739 45
2025 34,349,936 1.20% 396,787 50,000 32.2 2.01 105 81.10% 27,844,592 0.42% 8,184,437,460 46
2030 36,095,054 1.00% 349,024 46,626 34.1 2.01 110 83.40% 30,109,432 0.42% 8,548,487,400 46
2035 37,566,148 0.80% 294,219 48,598 36 2.01 114 85.40% 32,066,630 0.42% 8,887,524,213 48
2040 38,754,574 0.62% 237,685 48,585 37.8 2.01 118 87.00% 33,717,113 0.42% 9,198,847,240 49
2045 39,729,699 0.50% 195,025 48,664 39.3 2.01 121 88.40% 35,138,248 0.42% 9,481,803,274 49
2050 40,550,365 0.41% 164,133 40.5 2.01 123 89.90% 36,439,872 0.42% 9,735,033,990 51

Malaysia Demographics

With 28,334,135 people in 2010, Malaysia became the 42nd country in the most populated countries on the globe. The government’s development for the social sector budget is invested in health care to enhance Malaysia’s growth as a medical tourism location. The urban population is around 70 percent. Its capital is the commercial and financial center.

The density of the population is 99/km2 in Malaysia. The land area in overall is 328,550/km2. The urban population is 78.4 percent. 30.3 years is Malaysian’s median age.

Malaysia Religion and Politics

There are different religions and cultures followed in Malaysia. 50.4 percent of people are Malay, and the remaining are Muslim, Bumiputera, and other groups in minority and majority. There is no permission for dual nationality, and citizenship is granted to only children whose parents are Malaysians.

The religion of the Federation is granted to Islam. Islam is practiced by 61.3 percent, 9.2 percent follow Christianity, 19.8 percent follow Buddhism, 1.3 percent follow Confucianism, Chinese religions and Taoism, and 6.3 percent follow Hinduism. 1.4 percent follow other faiths.

Malaysia Economy

This is an industrialized market that is emerging. It is a state-oriented economy. The predominant economic sources were agriculture and mining in the 1970s. Currently, there is a multi-sector, and an industrial economy is prevalent in Malaysia. Manufacturing, agricultural, and natural sources like petroleum are exported. It is the largest producer of palm oil, tin, and rubber on the globe.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%