Malaysia: Population Census 2015

The total population in Malaysia is estimated to have reached 31.7 million, an increase of 0.5 million from 31.2 million last year.

The Department of Statistics in a statement said of the total, 16.4 million were male and 15.3 million were female with a sex ratio of 107 males per 100 females.

"Bumiputera ethnic recorded the highest percentage at 68.6%, followed by Chinese (23.4%), Indians (7%) and others (1%).

The percentage of non-citizens is recorded at 10.3% out of the total population.

According to the department, the distribution of the population according to age group did not show significant differences compared to last year.

The proportion of the population below the age of 14 decreased by 0.4% this year to 24.5% compared to 24.9% last year.

The population of those in the working age of 15 to 64, had increased by 0.2% in 2016 to 69.5% compared to last year and the population of those aged 65 and above also had increased by only 0.2% to 6% in the same period.

Population distribution by state showed that Selangor was the most populous state with 19.9% this year, followed by Sabah (12%) and Johor (11.5%), while the state with the smallest population were Putrajaya and Labuan with each recorded 0.3%

/Bernama 23-07-2016

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