Malaysia Population clock (live)

32,362,459
Current population
16,410,224
Current male population (50.7%)
15,952,235
Current female population (49.3%)
424,216
Births this year
952
Births today
121,312
Deaths this year
272
Deaths today
77,358
Net migration this year
174
Net migration today
380,262
Population growth this year
853
Population growth today

14-10-2019 14:26:15

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



Quick facts about the population of Malaysia

Current population (as of Monday, October 14, 2019)
32,361,606
Population rank
44 (0.42% of world population)
Total area
329,740 km2 (127,313 mi2)
Population density
98.1 per km2 (254.2 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.03 (16,410,224 men to 15,952,235 women)
Median age
27.7 years
Life expectancy
73.8 years (71.1 - men, 76.7 - women)
Literacy
94.6 %

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

Malaysia population 2019

During 2019 Malaysia population is projected to increase by 484,210 people and reach 32,466,407 in the beginning of 2020. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 385,705. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 98,505 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 2019

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Malaysia population in 2019 will be the following:

The population of Malaysia will be increasing by 1,327 persons daily in 2019.

Demographics of Malaysia 2018

As of 1 January 2019, the population of Malaysia was estimated to be 31,982,197 people. This is an increase of 1.51 % (476,989 people) compared to population of 31,505,208 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 379,953. Due to external migration, the population increased by 97,036. 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 2018.

Below are the key figures for Malaysia population in 2018:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2019

Malaysia population density

Malaysia population density is 97.0 people per square kilometer (251.2/mi2) as of October 2019. 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 external link.

Religion in Malaysia

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Islam20,614,34363.7 %
Buddhism5,728,00417.7 %
Christianity3,041,9919.4 %
Hinduism1,941,6966.0 %
Folk or traditional religions744,3172.3 %
Religiously Unaffiliated226,5310.7 %
Other64,7230.2 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Monday, October 14 2019).

Malaysia age structure

As of the beginning of 2019 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). external link

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 21,321,500 persons or 94.71% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Malaysia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,190,449 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 96.18% (10,935,075 persons). 433,956 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 93.21% (10,386,425 persons). 756,493 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 - 2019)

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 %
201931,982,1971.51 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
202032,869,317N/A %
202534,949,7636.33 %
203036,814,9635.34 %
203538,380,6704.25 %
204039,668,2573.35 %
204540,760,9272.75 %
205041,729,2212.38 %
205542,560,4951.99 %
206043,194,4851.49 %
206543,580,7530.89 %
207043,697,5890.27 %
207543,580,738-0.27 %
208043,307,709-0.63 %
208542,958,607-0.81 %
209042,585,800-0.87 %
209542,203,729-0.90 %
210041,799,364-0.96 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

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