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Preliminary Count Report, Population and Housing Census, Malaysia, 2010

Release Date : Friday 28, January 2011 1413
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Preliminary Count Report, Population and Housing Census, Malaysia, 2010



Census 2010 is the fifth census conducted for Malaysia. The previous censuses were conducted in 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2000. The 2010 Census is an enormous statistical project that has been undertaken in order to produce very useful data for planning and implementation of national development policy.

The information obtained from the census varies and comprehensive. As such, it undergoes thorough checking which consumes time to process the final result to ensure its quality. Thus, to provide a quick insight on population of Malaysia in 2010, the Department of Statistics, Malaysia publishes the Preliminary Count Report 2010.



The Preliminary Count Report of Census 2010 contains the preliminary data of the total population, households and living quarters for Malaysia by state and administrative districts.

This preliminary report shows that the total population of Malaysia is 27,565,821 which comprises 14,112,667 males and 13,453,154 females. Average annual population growth rate for the period of 2000-2010 is 2.17%. During the census period, there are 6,396,174 households and 7,380,865 living quarters in Malaysia.



The average annual growth rate for Malaysia dropped to 2.17% for the 2000–2010 period as compared with 2.60% for 1991-2000 and 2.64% for 1980-1991.



Selangor is the most populous state in Malaysia with 5,411,324 persons; 19.63 per cent of the country’s population. The state that experience the highest population growth during the 2000–2010 period is the Federal Territory of Putrajaya (17.77%), followed by Selangor (3.17%). The Federal Territory of Labuan, Sabah, Sarawak and Pahang experience declines in the growth rate during the 1980–2010 period. Among the other states that also experience declines in the growth rates are Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu. Melaka records an increasing growth rate since the year 1980 until 2010.



The overall sex ratio in Malaysia shows that there are 105 males for every 100 females. Among the states that show a higher sex ratio than the national ratio are Johor (112), Pahang (111), Negeri Sembilan (107) and Sabah (106). Meanwhile, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya records the lowest sex ratio of 88 males for every 100 females.



The average household size in the 2010 Census shows a decreasing trend with an average of 4.31 as compared with 4.62 in the 2000 Census. Sabah, Kelantan and Terengganu record the highest average household size among the other states with each recorded an average of 5.88, 4.86 and 4.78 respectively.

Download: Chart 1: Total Population and Average Annual Growth Rate by Year, 1980-2010
Table 1: Distribution of Population (Number & Percentage) and Average Annual Population Growth Rate By State, 1980-2010
Table 2: Distribution of Population and Sex Ratio(c) by Sex and State, 2010
Table 3: Average Household Size by State, 1980-2010



(a) Figures for the year 1980, 1991 and 2000 were not adjusted based on the under-enumeration rate. After adjustment for under enumeration, the total population of Malaysia were 13,745,241 persons in 1980; 18,379,655 persons in 1991; and 23,274,690 persons in 2000.

(b) Data for the Federal Territory of Putrajaya was included as part of Selangor.

(c) Sex ratio is the number of males per 100 females.

This report can be accessed through the website of the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (www.dosm.gov.my).