Malaysia’s population stands at 32.4m


THE total population of Malaysia in 2020 was 32.4 million as compared to 27.5 million in 2010, according to the Key Findings Population and Housing Census of Malaysia 2020 (MyCensus 2020) Report.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the country’s population registered a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.7% over a 10-year period as compared to 2.2% a year between 2000 and 2010.

“Malaysians made up 29.8 million or 91.7% of the population while non-citizens totalled 2.7 million or 8.3%.

“52.3% of the population are men and 47.7% women, giving a ratio of 110 men to 100 women,” he said when launching the report on MyCensus 2020 today.

On average, Malaysia has a population density of 98 persons per square kilometre in 2020 as compared to 83 persons per square kilometre in 2010. Kuala Lumpur has the highest population density with 8,157 persons per square kilometre, followed by Putrajaya (2,215 persons) and Penang (1,659 persons).

Sarawak has the lowest population density with 20 persons per square kilometre, followed by Pahang (44 persons) and Sabah (46 persons).

The urbanisation rate in Malaysia increased to 75.1% (24.3 million persons) in 2020 as compared to 70.9% (19.5 million persons) in 2010. Meanwhile, the population of rural areas declined to 24.9% in 2020 as compared to 29.1% in 2010.

Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have 100% of the population living in urban areas. Besides that, Selangor was the state with the highest composition of urban population at 95.8% (2010: 91.3%), followed by Pulau Pinang 92.5% (2010: 90.7%) and Melaka 90.9% (2010: 86.5%).