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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Malaysia population 2017

During 2017 Malaysia population is projected to increased by 469 875 people and reach 31 505 208 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 374 286. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 95 589 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Malaysia (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Malaysia population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Malaysia will be increased by 1 287 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Malaysia 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Malaysia was estimated to be 31 035 333 people. This is an increase of 1.51 % (462 867 people) compared to population of 30 572 466 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 368 704. Due to external migration, the population increased by 94 163. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.029 (1 029 males per 1 000 females) which is higher than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Malaysia population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Malaysia population density

Malaysia population density is 94.1 people per square kilometer as of July 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Malaysia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Malaysia. The total area of Malaysia is 329 740 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Malaysia age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Malaysia had the following population age distribution:

29.6 65.4 5

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Malaysia population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malaysia age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Malaysia is 52.9 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Malaysia must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Malaysia is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Malaysia is 45.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Malaysia is 7.6 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malaysia age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Malaysia is 73.8 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 71.1 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 76.7 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 20 690 257 persons or 94.71% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Malaysia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1 155 204 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 96.18% (10 611 332 persons). 421 108 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 93.21% (10 078 925 persons). 734 096 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.34% and 98.5% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 98.42%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malaysia population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Malaysia historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Malaysia population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19516 185 912N/A %
19526 347 5392.61 %
19536 525 7182.81 %
19546 715 8262.91 %
19556 914 7382.96 %
19567 120 8612.98 %
19577 334 1373.00 %
19587 555 8783.02 %
19597 788 4343.08 %
19608 034 3693.16 %
19618 295 1723.25 %
19628 570 0243.31 %
19638 854 9633.32 %
19649 143 3453.26 %
19659 428 6133.12 %
19669 706 9502.95 %
19679 978 0182.79 %
196810 243 8992.66 %
196910 508 1122.58 %
197010 774 4912.53 %
197111 045 3562.51 %
197211 321 0792.50 %
197311 600 9652.47 %
197411 883 8902.44 %
197512 168 8562.40 %
197612 455 7192.36 %
197712 745 6852.33 %
197813 041 7072.32 %
197913 348 0662.35 %
198013 669 0862.40 %
198114 006 9162.47 %
198214 361 8392.53 %
198314 735 2812.60 %
198415 130 1732.68 %
198515 548 8552.77 %
198615 993 0542.86 %
198716 462 6342.94 %
198816 952 7662.98 %
198917 454 5482.96 %
199017 959 0812.89 %
199118 460 4662.79 %
199218 957 2682.69 %
199319 452 7312.61 %
199419 953 3772.57 %
199520 465 6832.57 %
199620 993 1282.58 %
199721 534 5032.58 %
199822 083 1272.55 %
199922 628 3542.47 %
200023 159 6652.35 %
200123 670 8572.21 %
200224 161 4702.07 %
200324 635 7001.96 %
200425 100 7251.89 %
200525 564 0751.85 %
200626 029 5861.82 %
200726 496 8281.80 %
200826 964 0131.76 %
200927 429 2181.73 %
201027 890 2591.68 %
201128 346 2351.63 %
201228 797 4551.59 %
201329 243 6561.55 %
201429 683 6851.50 %
201530 116 5021.46 %
201630 572 4661.51 %
201731 035 3331.51 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.