Malaysia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Malaysia was 23,505,840 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 23,505,840 in 2016 and a minimum value of 2,169,627 in 1960.

Definition: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects.

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Year Value
1960 2,169,627
1961 2,293,273
1962 2,424,861
1963 2,562,819
1964 2,705,118
1965 2,849,681
1966 2,996,126
1967 3,144,854
1968 3,296,635
1969 3,452,656
1970 3,614,363
1971 3,791,174
1972 3,975,265
1973 4,166,879
1974 4,367,901
1975 4,579,375
1976 4,802,893
1977 5,038,324
1978 5,284,791
1979 5,539,950
1980 5,801,284
1981 6,050,273
1982 6,305,434
1983 6,571,316
1984 6,854,309
1985 7,158,822
1986 7,488,384
1987 7,841,164
1988 8,212,746
1989 8,594,730
1990 8,982,002
1991 9,371,457
1992 9,851,253
1993 10,353,580
1994 10,873,270
1995 11,413,590
1996 11,976,780
1997 12,559,000
1998 13,156,630
1999 13,761,880
2000 14,369,740
2001 14,911,830
2002 15,452,390
2003 15,993,340
2004 16,537,880
2005 17,087,620
2006 17,642,460
2007 18,201,430
2008 18,767,640
2009 19,344,470
2010 19,934,990
2011 20,541,410
2012 21,156,160
2013 21,770,280
2014 22,371,760
2015 22,951,730
2016 23,505,840

Development Relevance: Explosive growth of cities globally signifies the demographic transition from rural to urban, and is associated with shifts from an agriculture-based economy to mass industry, technology, and service. In principle, cities offer a more favorable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income, and deliver education, health care and other services. Cities also present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverage. There is no consistent and universally accepted standard for distinguishing urban from rural areas, in part because of the wide variety of situations across countries. Most countries use an urban classification related to the size or characteristics of settlements. Some define urban areas based on the presence of certain infrastructure and services. And other countries designate urban areas based on administrative arrangements. Because of national differences in the characteristics that distinguish urban from rural areas, the distinction between urban and rural population is not amenable to a single definition that would be applicable to all countries. Estimates of the world's urban population would change significantly if China, India, and a few other populous nations were to change their definition of urban centers. Because the estimates of city and metropolitan area are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross-country comparisons should be made with caution.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The indicator is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. To estimate urban populations, UN ratios of urban to total population were applied to the World Bank's estimates of total population. Countries differ in the way they classify population as "urban" or "rural." The population of a city or metropolitan area depends on the boundaries chosen.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization