Urban Living in Malaysia
The Kuala Lumpur region had a population of approximately 7.1 million, according to the 2010 census. This includes 1.6 million in the federal territory (core city) of Kuala Lumpur and 5.5 million in the suburbs (which include Putrajaya). The region has experienced strong growth since modern Malaysia evolved between 1957 and 1963. In 1950, the region had only 900,000 residents. By 1980, the population had more than doubled to nearly 2.4 million and by 2010; the population had tripled from its 1980 level.
Kuala Lumpur continues experiencing strong population growth. Since 1980 (the first census after the creation of the new territory), the city has experienced a population increase of 77 %. Yet, the suburbs and exurbs have grown far more rapidly. The suburbs and exurbs have grown 280 % and have added nearly 6 times the population increase of the city. This general distribution of growth continued over the past decade, with the suburbs attracting 83 % of the new population, while the city centre of Kuala Lumpur received 17 % of the growth. Indeed measures to facilitate the increase of the population in the inner city are seen crucial.