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 the latest national census, which was conducted in 2010.

Populations by cities and towns proper[edit]

The following is a list of 50 largest cities and towns, based on the populations within the local government areas according to the 2010 National Census.[1]

Largest Cities and Towns by Population
Rank Local government area State Total population Status District Notes Urban area
1 Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory (Malaysia) Federal Territories 1,588,750 City None Federal capital of Malaysia Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
2 Seberang Perai Penang Penang 818,197 City District of North Seberang Perai, Central Seberang Perai and South Seberang Perai Greater Penang
3 Kajang Selangor Selangor 795,522 Municipality District of Hulu Langat Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
4 Klang Selangor Selangor 744,062 Municipality Western Klang District Royal Town of Selangor Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
5 Subang Jaya Selangor Selangor 708,296 City District of Petaling Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
6 George Town Penang Penang 708,127 City District of Northeast Penang Island and Southwest Penang Island State Capital of Penang Greater Penang
7 Ipoh Perak Perak 657,892 City District of Kinta State Capital of Perak Kinta Valley
8 Petaling Jaya Selangor Selangor 613,977 City District of Petaling Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
9 Selayang Selangor Selangor 542,409 Municipality District of Gombak Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
10 Shah Alam Selangor Selangor 541,306 City District Of Petaling and Eastern Klang District State capital of Selangor Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
11 Iskandar Puteri Johor Johor 529,074 City Western Johor Bahru District Iskandar Malaysia
12 Seremban Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan 515,490 City District of Seremban Capital of Negeri Sembilan and includes Nilai[2]
13 Johor Bahru Johor Johor 497,067 City Central Johor Bahru District State capital of Johor Iskandar Malaysia
14 Malacca City Malacca Malacca 484,855 City Southern Central Melaka District State capital of Malacca
15 Ampang Jaya Selangor Selangor 468,961 Municipality Parts of district of Gombak and Hulu Langat Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
16 Kota Kinabalu Sabah Sabah 452,058 City District of Kota Kinabalu State capital of Sabah Greater Kota Kinabalu
17 Sungai Petani Kedah Kedah 443,488 Municipality District of Kuala Muda Largest city in Kedah Greater Penang
18 Kuantan Pahang Pahang 427,515 City District of Kuantan State capital of Pahang Greater Kuantan
19 Alor Setar Kedah Kedah 405,523 City District of Kota Setar and District of Pokok Sena State capital of Kedah
20 Tawau Sabah Sabah 397,673 Municipality District of Tawau Third largest city in Sabah
21 Sandakan Sabah Sabah 396,290 Municipality District of Sandakan Second largest city in Sabah
22 Kuala Terengganu Terengganu Terengganu 337,553 City District of Kuala Terengganu and District of Kuala Nerus State capital of Terrenganu
23 Kuching Sarawak Sarawak 325,132 City District of Kuching State capital of Sarawak Greater Kuching
24 Kota Bharu Kelantan Kelantan 314,964 Municipality Northern Kota Bharu District State capital of Kelantan
25 Kulim Kedah Kedah 281,260 Municipality District of Kulim Greater Penang
26 Padawan Sarawak Sarawak 273,485 Municipality Southern part of district of Kuching Greater Kuching
27 Taiping Perak Perak 245,182 Municipality District of Larut and Matang Second largest city in Perak
28 Miri Sarawak Sarawak 234,541 City District of Miri Second largest city in Sarawak
29 Kulai Johor Johor 234,532 Municipality District of Kulai Iskandar Malaysia
30 Kangar Perlis Perlis 225,590 Municipality State of Perlis State capital of Perlis
31 Kuala Langat Selangor Selangor 220,214 Municipality District of Kuala Langat
32 Kubang Pasu Kedah Kedah 214,479 Municipality District of Kubang Pasu
33 Manjung Perak Perak 211,113 Municipality District of Manjung Third largest city in Perak
34 Batu Pahat Johor Johor 209,461 Municipality Western part of district of Batu Pahat Second largest city in Johor
35 Sepang Selangor Selangor 207,354 Municipality District of Sepang Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley)
36 Kuala Selangor Selangor Selangor 205,257 Municipality District of Kuala Selangor
37 Muar Johor Johor 201,148 Municipality District of Muar Royal town of Johor
38 Lahad Datu Sabah Sabah 199,830 District District of Lahad Datu
39 Hulu Selangor Selangor Selangor 194,387 District District of Hulu Selangor
40 Bintulu Sarawak Sarawak 189,146 Development Board Bintulu and Sebauh part of Bintulu
41 Kinabatangan Sabah Sabah 182,328 District District of Kinabatangan and district of Tongod
42 Pasir Mas Kelantan Kelantan 180,878 District District of Pasir Mas
43 Penampang Sabah Sabah 176,667 District District of Penampang and district of Putatan Greater Kota Kinabalu
44 Alor Gajah Malacca Malacca 173,712 Municipality Northern part of district of Alor Gajah
45 Keningau Sabah Sabah 173,130 Municipality District of Kiningau
46 Kluang Johor Johor 167,833 Municipality Northern part of district of Kluang Iskandar Malaysia
47 Kemaman Terengganu Terengganu 166,750 Municipality District of Kemaman Second largest city in Terengganu Greater Kuantan
48 Sibu Sarawak Sarawak 162,676 Municipality Urban part of Sibu Third largest city in Sarawak
49 Temerloh Pahang Pahang 158,724 Municipality District of Temerloh Second largest city in Pahang
50 Ketereh Kelantan Kelantan 153,474 District Southern Kota Bharu District Greater Kota Bharu

Largest urban agglomerations[edit]

The following is a list of 10 largest urban agglomerations, metropolitan areas or conurbations, based on data from the 2010 National Census within local government areas. Also included for comparison are the populations within the districts which are fully or partially covered by the urban agglomerations.

Largest Urban Agglomerations by Population
Rank Conurbation Local government[1] Local government population Total population (local government areas) District[3] District population Total population (districts)
1 Greater Kuala Lumpur/
Klang Valley
Kuala Lumpur City Hall 1,588,750 6,499,212 Kuala Lumpur 1,674,621 6,684,904
Petaling Jaya City Council 613,977 Petaling 1,812,633
Shah Alam City Council 541,306
Subang Jaya City Council 708,296
Klang Municipal Council 744,062 Klang 861,189
Kajang Municipal Council 795,522 Ulu Langat 1,156,585
Selayang Municipal Council 542,409 Gombak 682,226
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council 468,961
Sepang Municipal Council 207,354 Sepang 211,361
Putrajaya Corporation 68,361 Putrajaya 72,413
Kuala Langat Municipal Council 220,214 Kuala Langat 213,876
2 Greater Penang Penang Island City Council 708,127 2,412,616 Northeast Penang Island 520,202 2,473,462
Southwest Penang Island 202,142
Seberang Perai City Council 818,197 North Seberang Perai 295,979
Central Seberang Perai 371,975
South Seberang Perai 171,045
Sungai Petani Municipal Council 443,488 Kuala Muda 456,605
Kulim Municipal Council 281,260 Kulim 287,694
Bandar Baharu District Council 41,352 Bandar Baharu 47,628
Kerian District Council 120,192 Kerian (partial) 120,192
3 Iskandar Malaysia Johor Bahru City Council 497,067 1,313,527 Johor Bahru 1,072,712 1,359,327
Iskandar Puteri City Council 529,074
Pasir Gudang City Council 46,571
Kulai Municipal Council 234,532 Kulai 251,650
Pontian District Council (south) 6,283 Pontian (partial) 34,965
4 Greater Kuching Kuching North City Hall 165,642 804,380 Kuching 617,887 797,409
Kuching South City Council 159,490
Padawan Municipal Council 273,485
Kota Samarahan Municipal Council 116,685 Samarahan 87,923
Serian District Council 89,078 Serian 91,599
5 Ipoh Ipoh City Council 657,892 737,861 Kinta (partial) 737,861 737,861
Batu Gajah District Council 79,969
6 Greater Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu City Hall 452,058 628,725 Kota Kinabalu 462,963 644,740
Putatan 55,864
Penampang District Council 176,667 Penampang 125,913
7 Seremban Seremban City Council 515,490 515,490 Seremban 515,490 515,490
8 Greater Malacca City Historical Malacca City Council 484,885 484,885 Central Melaka 503,127 503,127
Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council
9 Kuantan Kuantan City Council 427,515 427,515 Kuantan (partial) 427,515 427,515
10 Alor Setar Alor Setar City Council 405,523 405,523 Kota Setar 366,787 416,293
Pokok Sena 49,506

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population Distribution by Local Authority Areas and Mukims, 2010 (page 1 & 8)" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. ^ "MPS, MPN merge as Seremban City Council, says MB | Malay Mail". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012.