Malaysia Population clock (live)

22-07-2018 08:15:28
Current population
Current male population (50.7%)
Current female population (49.3%)
Births this year
Births today
Deaths this year
Deaths today
Net migration this year
Net migration today
Population growth this year
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Malaysia

Current population (as of Sunday, July 22 2018)
Total area
329,740 km2 (127,313 mi2)
Population density
96.3 per km2 (249.5 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.03 (16,109,644 men to 15,660,045 women)
Median age
27.7 years
Life expectancy
73.8 years (71.1 - men, 76.7 - women)
94.6 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters ( based on the latest United Nations data)

Malaysia population 2018

During 2018 Malaysia population is projected to increased by 476,989 people and reach 31,982,197 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 379,953. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 97,036 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 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Malaysia population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Malaysia will be increased by 1,307 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Malaysia 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Malaysia was estimated to be 31,505,208 people. This is an increase of 1.51 % (469,875 people) compared to population of 31,035,333 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 374,286. Due to external migration, the population increased by 95,589. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.030 (1,030 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 2017.

Below are the key figures for Malaysia population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Malaysia population density

Malaysia population density is 95.5 people per square kilometer (247.5/mi2) as of July 2018. 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 (127,313 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Malaysia

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Religiously Unaffiliated222,3840.7

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Sunday, July 22 2018).

Malaysia age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 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.

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 21,003,506 persons or 94.71% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Malaysia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,172,694 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 96.18% (10,771,987 persons). 427,484 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 93.21% (10,231,519 persons). 745,210 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 - 2018)

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 %
201831,505,2081.51 %

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