Demographics of Malaysia

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date04 Nov 2021

As of 2021, the population of Malaysia is projected at 32.78 million, up by 1.27% compared with 32.37 million in 2020. Malaysia is ranked 45th in terms of population and 88th in terms of population growth rate.

There are 0.53 million births in Malaysia in 2021. That is 1,457 per day, which is ranked 54th. The crude birth rate is 16.23 per 1000 people. There are 0.17 million deaths in Malaysia in 2021. That is 479 per day, which is ranked 57th. The crude death rate is 5.34 per 1000 people.

3.69 million people are living in urban areas, which is 77.7% of Malaysia population. Malaysia is ranked 76th in terms of urbanization.

The Sex Ratio in Malaysia in 2021 is 105.61 males per 100 females. There are 16.83 million males and 15.94 million females in Malaysia. The percentage of female population is 48.64% compare to 51.36% male population. Malaysia has 0.89 million more males than females. Malaysia is at 185th position out of 201 countries/territories in terms of female to male ratio.

  • Population
  • Growth rate

Malaysia population

Year Population Growth (%)
19506,109,902-
19557,038,9102.96
19608,156,3423.11
19659,526,5582.95
197010,804,1312.41
197512,162,1892.45
198013,798,0942.51
198515,598,9242.68
199018,029,8242.86
199520,487,6042.55
200023,194,2522.35
200525,690,6151.98
201028,208,0281.71
201530,270,9651.35
201630,684,6521.37
201731,104,6551.37
201831,528,0331.36
201931,949,7891.34
202032,365,9981.3
202132,776,1951.27
  • Total
  • Crude

Malaysia death and birth rate

Year Total Crude(per 1000)
DeathBirthCrude deathCrude birth
195099,602273,00515.9743.81
195592,478304,12913.0943.13
196086,003350,68810.4842.69
196580,563367,7148.4738.81
197077,713366,3907.1733.84
197578,711389,7356.4431.93
198080,224432,4205.8131.31
198582,617472,1825.2630.09
199087,359506,3494.8528.10
199595,220538,6064.6326.18
2000104,783507,7144.5321.98
2005116,289468,1164.5218.16
2010130,728485,9184.6517.26
2015147,729516,1034.8817.02
2020169,951531,8045.2516.43
2021174,884531,7725.3416.23
  • Population
  • Urbanization

Urban and rural population of Malaysia

Year Population Urbanization
UrbanRuralgrowth rate (%)Urban (%)
1950103,5604,865,892-20.361
1955127,6215,391,2155.8323.417
1960158,8485,987,5145.6326.598
1965199,1886,676,8965.3429.913
1970278,6467,189,6104.6833.454
1975404,9867,582,9894.8437.652
1980557,7717,996,8804.7242.044
1985732,8618,440,0544.4445.893
19901,090,9929,056,3484.5149.794
19951,314,2789,081,9964.9755.688
20001,662,0508,815,9544.4261.977
20051,962,9828,571,8393.3266.594
20102,357,5818,177,3403.0570.912
20152,866,7007,922,5922.5274.213
20203,534,8367,507,3602.0177.160
20213,691,0817,424,9271.9877.696
  • Population pyramid
  • Gender ratio

Malaysia population by Age Group (2011)

Age group Male Female Total M per 100 F
PersonsShare (%)
00-04 1,363,219 1,285,803 2,649,022 8.08 106.021
05-09 1,306,411 1,230,096 2,536,507 7.74 106.204
10-14 1,255,318 1,185,082 2,440,400 7.45 105.927
15-19 1,354,946 1,272,823 2,627,769 8.02 106.452
20-24 1,465,772 1,379,264 2,845,036 8.68 106.272
25-29 1,493,667 1,413,119 2,906,786 8.87 105.700
30-34 1,513,803 1,425,704 2,939,507 8.97 106.179
35-39 1,472,912 1,330,590 2,803,502 8.55 110.696
40-44 1,161,384 1,034,677 2,196,061 6.70 112.246
45-49 992,121 927,800 1,919,921 5.86 106.933
50-54 856,197 851,730 1,707,927 5.21 100.524
55-59 772,838 728,548 1,501,386 4.58 106.079
60-64 638,848 623,160 1,262,008 3.85 102.517
65-69 477,419 486,961 964,380 2.94 98.041
70-74 330,926 359,098 690,024 2.11 92.155
75-79 187,269 207,106 394,375 1.20 90.422
80-84 112,050 122,394 234,444 0.72 91.549
85-89 55,337 56,947 112,284 0.34 97.173
90-94 18,878 17,027 35,905 0.11 110.871
95-99 4,718 3,019 7,737 0.02 156.277
100+ 951 263 1,214 0.00 361.597
Total 16,834,984 15,941,211 32,776,195 105.607