Kuala Lumpur

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
58/265
Details
Large apartment$675.77
Medium apartment$556.50
Rent index [score]0.88
Small apartment$437.22

Cost of Living

8
42/263
Details
5km taxi ride$2.00
A Cappuccino$2.70
A beer$2.60
A kilogram of Apples$2.30
Bread$0.36
Inflation [score]0.84
Lunch$3.20
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$28.00
Movie ticket$3.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$24.26

Startups

5
95/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co21
Meetups [score]0.30
Meetups groups65
Meetups members27701
Number of investors37
Number of startup events in the last 12 months2483
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.59
Startup events233
Startup events184
Startup events [score]0.87
Startups [score]0.72
Total number of startups271

Venture Capital

5
80/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.45

Travel Connectivity

4
107/265
Details
Airport hub115
Airport hub [score]0.52
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.19

Commute

4
196/261
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Malaysia/Kuala_Lumpur
Traffic handling [score]0.46

Business Freedom

8
162/263
Details
Business freedom91.40
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption52.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.48
Lack of labor restrictions71.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.65
Time to open a business18.00
Time to open a business [score]0.80

Safety

6
208/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.19
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents2
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

6
207/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.66
Healthcare quality [score]0.62
Life expectancy (years)74.97
Life expectancy [score]0.50

Education

3
193/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversiti Putra Malaysia
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test409.09
Country mean scores in PISA reading test398.20
Country mean scores in PISA science test419.50
PISA math ranking (high school)34
PISA ranking38
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.41
PISA reading (high school)37
PISA science (high school)36
Percent of happy students0.88
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.52
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.53
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.46
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.00
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.00
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
220/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.32
Cleanliness [score]0.37
Drinking water quality [score]0.33
Urban greenery [score]0.42

Economy

6
81/262
Details
Currency for urban areaMYR
GDP growth rate0.06
GDP growth rate [score]0.86
GDP per capita$24654.19
GDP per capita [score]0.40

Taxation

6
55/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.62
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes164
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

4
198/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)13.76
Internet access (download) [score]0.32
Internet access (upload) [score]0.43
Upload speed (Mbps)9.59

Leisure & Culture

8
55/264
Details
Art galleries314
Art galleries [score]0.86
Cinemas306
Cinemas [score]1.00
Comedy clubs289
Comedy clubs [score]0.92
Concert venues363
Concerts [score]0.89
Historical sites243
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums165
Museums [score]0.83
Performing art venues259
Performing arts [score]0.85
Sport venues253
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos145
Zoos [score]0.94

Tolerance

1
265/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.09
LGBT Equality Index13.88
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.11
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.13

Outdoors

5
135/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters396.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)44.00
Water access [score]0.72
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Kuala Lumpur are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 263 Teleport cities. Moving to Kuala Lumpur will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$477$874
$676
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$3
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$28
Lunch$3
-59%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Kuala Lumpur are low. For this job type, Kuala Lumpur ranks 232nd for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Kuala Lumpur.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$19,521
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

1.50
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Visa

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Embassies

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2nd Floor, Wisma Chinese Chamber, 258 Jalan Ampang, 50450

Phone: +603-4256 9400/ +603-4253 4707

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People in Kuala Lumpur

Population of Kuala Lumpur

1,453,975
1,221 /km²
108/264
Density (people per unit of area)
10%
Growth in 2015-2020
Kuala Lumpur

Demographics of Malaysia

Median age
28
Elderly people
6%
Life expectancy at birth
75
GDP per capita (in USD)
$24,654
191/262
Unemployment
3%
16/263

Languages

English proficiency score
61
136/228
Common spoken languages
Malay
English

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Founder
10.91%
Marketing Manager
7.27%
Software Engineer
4.85%
Web Developer
4.24%
Project Manager
3.03%
Account Manager
2.42%
Operations Manager
2.42%
Other
64.85%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical Rainforest

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur, simply called KL by locals, is the federal capital and the largest city in Malaysia. Literally meaning muddy river confluence in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of around 6.5 million (city-proper population of 1.8 million) in just 150 years. Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot with some of the world's cheapest 5-star hotels, impressive shopping districts, even better food and some of nature's wonders just an hour away, making this a dynamic city with much to offer.

Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling city with residential suburbs that seem to go on forever. The city proper is a 243 km2 (94 sq mi) Federal Territory managed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and comprising eight divisions which are further split into 42 local areas, mainly for administrative purposes. The following districts have been conceptualised for visitors to Kuala Lumpur.

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