Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Kuala Lumpur in 2020 is 7,997,000, a 2.79% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Kuala Lumpur in 2019 was 7,780,000, a 2.86% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Kuala Lumpur in 2018 was 7,564,000, a 3.35% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Kuala Lumpur in 2017 was 7,319,000, a 3.36% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Malaysia
City Name Population
Kuala Lumpur 7,997,000
Johor Bahru 1,024,000
Ipoh 814,000
Kuching 612,000
Kota Kinabalu 550,000
Kuantan 503,000
Seremban 475,000
Kuala Terengganu 384,000
Sandakan 375,000
Kota Bharu 348,000
Alor Star 342,000
Kuala Lumpur - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%