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Malaysia Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 22,071   Population 2000 (UN '000) 22,218
Area (km2) 329,941   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 19
Number of Administrative Units 920   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 24
Number of Urban Extents 101   Number of Settlement Points 123

Malaysia Details

Continent Asia
Country Name Malaysia
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type State
Level2 Type District (jajahan)
Level3 Type Mukim
Number of Units 920
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 24
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2000
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 17,005
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 19,264
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 22,071
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 17,845
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 20,017
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 22,218
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 329,941
Average Input Resolution (km) 19
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 123
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,297,526
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 7,322
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 90,322
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 101
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 2,268
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 1
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 158
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 15,995
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 4,241,895
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,073
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 133,682
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 13,501,900
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 5%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 59%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 58%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 159
Regression-estimated Extents 6
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Population and Housing Census of Malaysia 2000, Banci Penduduk Dan Perumaham Malasia 2000 (administrative 2 level), Preliminary County Report, Laporan Kiraan Permulaan.
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Australian Centre of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network (ACASIAN).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,; Malaysia Yearbook of Statistics2000, University of Texas Libraries;World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
Getty, Map, NIMA, Times Atlas of the World, 1999, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Gazetted areas with their adjoining built-up areas and with a combined population of 10,000 persons or more.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
A district (administrative 2 level) population growth rate was calculated between 1991 and 2000 and applied to all mukim (administrative level 3) units to extrapolate to target years.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
The new district (administrative level 2) of Bera, in Pahang state (administrative level 1), was formed from parts of Temerloh district. Population totals for Bera and Temerloh districts were combined and assigned to Temorloh district to match the spatial data in GPW2. The new district of Asajaya was formed from parts of Samarahan and Sadong-Jaya sub-district (in Simunjan district). It was aggregated with Samarahan district to match the spatial data. The new district of Tongod, in Sabah state, was formed from parts of Kinabatangan district. It was aggregated with Kinabatangan to match the spatial data. Districts specified as "NA" that are islands belonging to Johor state have been attributed to Pontian district; District specified as "NA" that are islands belonging to Terengganu state have been attributed to Setiu district.