Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Kuala Lumpur in 2021 is 8,211,000, a 2.68% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Kuala Lumpur in 2020 was 7,997,000, a 2.79% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Kuala Lumpur in 2019 was 7,780,000, a 2.86% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Kuala Lumpur in 2018 was 7,564,000, a 3.35% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Malaysia
City Name Population
Kuala Lumpur 8,211,000
Johor Bahru 1,045,000
Ipoh 828,000
Kuching 621,000
Kota Kinabalu 563,000
Kuantan 514,000
Seremban 484,000
Kuala Terengganu 391,000
Sandakan 380,000
Kota Bharu 352,000
Alor Star 350,000
Kuala Lumpur - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 8,211,000 2.68%
2020 7,997,000 2.79%
2019 7,780,000 2.86%
2018 7,564,000 3.35%
2017 7,319,000 3.36%
2016 7,081,000 3.36%
2015 6,851,000 3.35%
2014 6,629,000 3.35%
2013 6,414,000 3.35%
2012 6,206,000 3.35%
2011 6,005,000 3.36%
2010 5,810,000 3.36%
2009 5,621,000 3.35%
2008 5,439,000 3.34%
2007 5,263,000 3.36%
2006 5,092,000 3.35%
2005 4,927,000 3.36%
2004 4,767,000 3.36%
2003 4,612,000 3.34%
2002 4,463,000 3.36%
2001 4,318,000 3.40%
2000 4,176,000 7.02%
1999 3,902,000 7.02%
1998 3,646,000 7.01%
1997 3,407,000 7.00%
1996 3,184,000 7.03%
1995 2,975,000 7.01%
1994 2,780,000 7.01%
1993 2,598,000 7.05%
1992 2,427,000 7.11%
1991 2,266,000 8.01%
1990 2,098,000 8.03%
1989 1,942,000 8.01%
1988 1,798,000 7.99%
1987 1,665,000 7.98%
1986 1,542,000 8.06%
1985 1,427,000 7.94%
1984 1,322,000 8.01%
1983 1,224,000 8.03%
1982 1,133,000 8.01%
1981 1,049,000 8.03%
1980 971,000 8.01%
1979 899,000 7.92%
1978 833,000 8.04%
1977 771,000 7.98%
1976 714,000 8.02%
1975 661,000 8.01%
1974 612,000 7.94%
1973 567,000 8.00%
1972 525,000 8.02%
1971 486,000 7.76%
1970 451,000 2.73%
1969 439,000 2.81%
1968 427,000 2.64%
1967 416,000 2.72%
1966 405,000 2.79%
1965 394,000 2.87%
1964 383,000 2.68%
1963 373,000 2.75%
1962 363,000 2.83%
1961 353,000 2.62%
1960 344,000 2.99%
1959 334,000 2.77%
1958 325,000 2.52%
1957 317,000 2.92%
1956 308,000 2.67%
1955 300,000 2.74%
1954 292,000 2.82%
1953 284,000 2.90%
1952 276,000 2.60%
1951 269,000 2.67%
1950 262,000 0.00%