List of cities and towns in Malaysia by population

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The following is a list of cities and towns in Malaysia by population according to various sources and methods of calculations.

Explanation[edit]

The population situation for Malaysian cities is very confusing, even to Malaysians, and is in a constant definition revamp that just confuses more. There are LGAs (Local government areas), in urbanized areas mostly town and city councils, which do not fit cleanly into districts or correspond to them, haphazardly, and furthermore, in 2013 the Malaysian government released population figures for 2010 Census for only 12 cities/towns that fail to correspond with LGAs or Districts data.[1] Therefore, all the Malaysian statistical agency published manners of data are presented here, in addition to 3rd party information.

Population by local government areas[edit]

The following is a list of 50 largest cities or towns based on the population within the local government area according to the 2010 census.[2]

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Rank Local government area Total population Notes Status
1 Kuala Lumpur 1,588,750 City
2 Seberang Perai 818,197 Includes Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam Municipality
3 Kajang 795,522 Municipality
4 Klang 744,062 Municipality
5 Subang Jaya 708,296 Municipality
6 Penang Island 708,127 Municipality
7 Ipoh 657,892 City
8 Petaling Jaya 613,977 City
9 Selayang 542,409 Municipality
10 Shah Alam 541,306 City
11 Johor Bahru Tengah 529,074 Most areas of Johor Bahru District except Johor Bahru (city). Municipality
12 Johor Bahru 497,067 City
13 Malacca City 484,855 City
14 Ampang Jaya 468,961 Municipality
15 Kota Kinabalu 452,058 City
16 Sungai Petani 456,605 Municipality
17 Kuantan 427,515 Municipality
18 Alor Setar 405,523 City
19 Tawau 397,673 2nd largest city in Sabah. Municipality
20 Sandakan 396,290 Municipality
21 Kuala Terengganu 337,553 City
22 Kota Bharu 314,964 Municipality
23 Seremban 314,502 Municipality
24 Kulim 281,260 Municipality
25 Padawan 273,485 Part of Kuching. Municipality
26 Taiping 245,182 Municipality
27 Miri 234,541 2nd largest city in Sarawak City
28 Kulai 234,532 Municipality
29 Kangar 225,590 Municipality
30 Kuala Langat 220,214 District
31 Kubang Pasu 214,479 District
32 Bintulu 212,994 Development Board
33 Manjung 211,113 Municipality
34 Batu Pahat 209,461 Municipality
35 Sepang 207,354 Municipality
36 Kuala Selangor 205,257 District
37 Muar 201,148 Municipality
38 Nilai 200,988 Most areas of Seremban (district) except Seremban (town). Municipality
39 Lahad Datu 199,830 District
40 Hulu Selangor 194,387 District
41 Kinabatangan 182,328 District
42 Pasir Mas 180,878 District
43 Penampang 176,667 Part of Greater Kota Kinabalu. District
44 Alor Gajah 173,712 Municipality
45 Keningau 173,103 District
46 Kluang 167,833 Municipality
47 Kemaman 166,750 Municipality
48 Kuching North 165,642 City
49 Sibu 162,676 Municipality
50 Kuching South 159,490 City

Population by administrative districts[edit]

The following is a list of largest cities or towns by the population of the administrative districts according to the 2010 Malaysian General Census.[3]

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Rank District 2010 Population Area (km2) Cities/Towns and notes State
1 Petaling 1,812,633 501 Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya (part of Greater Kuala Lumpur) Selangor
2 Kuala Lumpur 1,674,621 243 Part of Greater Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory
3 Johor Bahru District 1,386,569 1,112 Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, Skudai, Nusajaya Johor
4 Hulu Langat 1,156,585 840 Kajang, Cheras, Ampang (part of Greater Kuala Lumpur) Selangor
5 Klang 861,189 636 Klang, Port Klang (part of Greater Kuala Lumpur) Selangor
6 Kinta 767,794 1,975 Ipoh, Batu Gajah Perak
7 Gombak 682,226 628 Selayang, Rawang (part of Greater Kuala Lumpur) Selangor
8 Kuching 617,887 1,863 Kuching Sarawak
9 Seremban 555,935 959 Seremban, Nilai Negeri Sembilan
10 North-East Penang Island 520,202 121 Georgetown (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Penang
11 Central Malacca 503,127 689 Malacca City, Ayer Keroh Melaka
12 Kota Bharu 491,237 403 Kota Bharu Kelantan
13 Kota Kinabalu 462,963 351 Kota Kinabalu Sabah
14 Kuantan 461,906 3,067 Kuantan Pahang
15 Kuala Muda 456,605 930 Sungai Petani (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Kedah
16 Batu Pahat 417,458 1,999 Batu Pahat, Yong Peng, Parit Raja Johor
17 Tawau 412,375 6,125 Tawau Sabah
18 Sandakan 409,056 2,266 Sandakan Sabah
19 Central Seberang Perai 371,975 239 Bukit Mertajam (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Penang
20 Kota Setar 366,787 670 Alor Setar Kedah
21 Kuala Terengganu 343,284 604 Kuala Terengganu Terengganu
22 Larut & Matang 334,073 2,095 Taiping Perak
23 Miri 300,543 4,707 Miri Sarawak
24 Kluang 298,332 2,885 Kluang Johor
25 North Seberang Perai 295,979 269 Butterworth (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Penang
26 Kulim 287,694 768 Kulim (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Kedah
27 Kulaijaya 251,650 753 Kulai Johor
28 Sibu 247,995 2,230 Sibu Sarawak
29 Muar 247,957 2,370 Muar Johor
30 Manjung 232,227 1,074 Sitiawan Perak
31 Perlis 231,541 821 Kangar Perlis
32 Kuala Langat 224,648 885 Banting Selangor
33 Kubang Pasu 220,740 954 Jitra Kedah
34 Sepang 211,361 612 Sepang, Kuala Lumpur International Airport Selangor
35 Kuala Selangor 209,590 1,232 Kuala Selangor Selangor
36 Hilir Perak 208,570 1,752 Teluk Intan Perak
37 Lahad Datu 206,861 7,444 Lahad Datu Sabah
38 South-West Penang Island 202,142 176 Bayan Lepas (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Penang
39 Hulu Selangor 198,132 1,764 Kuala Kubu Bharu Selangor
40 Kota Tinggi 193,210 3,433 Kota Tinggi Johor
41 Segamat 189,820 2,879 Segamat Johor
42 Pasir Mas 189,292 572 Pasir Mas Kelantan
43 Bintulu 189,146 7,220 Bintulu Sarawak
44 Alor Gajah 182,666 674 Alor Gajah, Masjid Tanah Melaka
45 Kerian 179,706 905 Parit Buntar Perak
46 Batang Padang 179,494 2,738 Tanjung Malim, Tapah Perak
47 Keningau 177,735 3,533 Keningau Sabah
48 Kemaman 171,383 2,581 Chukai Terengganu
49 South Seberang Perai 171,045 243 Nibong Tebal, Sungai Jawi (part of Greater Penang conurbation) Penang
50 Temerloh 165,451 2,471 Temerloh Pahang

Largest urban agglomerations[edit]

The following is a list of 10 largest urban agglomerations, metropolitan area or conurbation based on 2010 population census within local government areas surrounding the urban agglomeration and based on Google Earth compared the population within districts boundaries as wells as figures obtained from other online web sources.

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Rank Area Local government(s)[2] Total population (local government areas) District(s)[3] Total population (districts) Demographia[4] City Population (2000)[5] World Gazetteer[6]
1 Greater Kuala Lumpur/
Klang Valley
Kuala Lumpur City Hall: 1,588,750
Petaling Jaya City Council: 613,977
Shah Alam City Council: 541,306
Selayang Municipal Council: 542,409
Klang Municipal Council: 744,062
Subang Jaya Municipal Council: 708,296
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council: 468,961
Kajang Municipal Council: 795,522
6,071,644 Kuala Lumpur: 1,674,621
Petaling: 1,812,633
Hulu Langat: 1,156,585
Klang: 861,189
Gombak: 682,226
6,187,254 6,094,000 4,815,400 -
2 George Town Conurbation/
Greater Penang
Municipal Council of Penang Island: 708,127
Seberang Perai Municipal Council: 818,197
Sungai Petani Municipal Council: 443,488
Kulim Municipal Council: 281,260
2,251,072 North-East Penang Island: 520,202
Central Seberang Perai: 371,975
North Seberang Perai: 295,979
South-West Penang Island: 202,142
South Seberang Perai: 171,045
Kuala Muda: 456,605
Kulim: 287,694
2,305,642 1,450,000 1,266,800 -
3 Johor Bahru
excluding Singapore (Iskandar Malaysia)
Johor Bahru City Council: 497,067
Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council:529,074
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council: 46,571
Kulai Municipal Council: 234,532
1,277,244 Johor Bahru District: 1,386,569
Kulaijaya: 251,650
1,638,219 1,578,000 1,013,000 -
4 Ipoh Ipoh City Council: 657,892
Batu Gajah District Council: 79,969
737,861 Kinta: 767,794 767,794 625,000 608,100 798,708
5 Kuching Kuching North City Hall: 165,642
Kuching South City Council: 159,490
Padawan Municipal Council: 273,485
Samarahan District Council: 116,685
715,302 Kuching: 617,887 617,887 450,000 - -
6 Greater Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu City Hall: 452,058
Penampang District Council: 176,667
628,725 Kota Kinabalu: 462,963
Penampang: 125,913
Putatan: 55,864
644,740 - - -
7 Malacca City Historical Malacca City Council: 484,885 484,885 Central Malacca: 503,127 503,127 - - -
8 Kuantan Kuantan Municipal Council: 427,515 427,515 Kuantan: 461,906 461,906 - - -
9 Alor Setar Alor Setar City Council: 405,523 405,523 Kota Setar: 366,797 366,787 - - -
10 Kota Bharu Kota Bharu Municipal Council: 314,964 314,964 Kota Bharu: 491,237 491,237 - - -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.my/portal/download_Stats_Malaysia/files/MMS/2010/BI/03_Population_and_Housing.pdf
  2. ^ a b "Key Summary Statistics For Local Authority Areas, Malaysia 2010". Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010". Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Urban Areas". Demographia. April 2012. pp. 74–75. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Malaysia: Federal States, Territories, Major Cities & Conurbations - Statistics & Maps on City Population". City Population. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Malaysia: metropolitan areas". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 9 Feb 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.