Try our corporate solution for free!
(212) 419-8286

Malaysia urban population 2005-2018

In 2018, the urban population in Malaysia was approximately 24.4 million. In the years since 2005, the urban population in Malaysia had been steadily increasing, and as is in line with global trends, it is projected to increase further in the future.

Rapid urbanization

In 2017, approximately 75 percent of Malaysia’s population lived in urban areas and cities. This puts Malaysia as one of Southeast Asia’s most urbanized countries. The metropolitan area of Greater Kuala Lumpur had a population of more than seven million in that year, making it Malaysia’s biggest urban area. However, about twice as many Malaysians lived in cities with half a million inhabitants or less.

Urban-rural divide

For many Malaysians, urbanization brought about more and better economic opportunities and job prospects. The average monthly income for urban households was more than three thousand ringgit higher than that of rural households. Poverty rates in rural areas were also significantly higher than that in urban areas. Even so, the countryside still holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of Malaysians, encapsulated in the romanticized idea of the ‘kampung’ or Malay village.

Urban population in Malaysia from 2005 to 2018

Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date




Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Definition: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the administrative criteria used by each country or area.

Aggregation: Sum of individual country values. Missing data are not imputed.

Source: World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision. Estimated demographic trends are projections based on censuses, administrative data and surveys provided by countries through an annual questionnaire. Population data from all sources are evaluated by the United Nations for completeness, accuracy and consistency.

Data obtained: 5 August 2014.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
The ideal entry-level account for individual users
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Demographics of Denmark"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.