Asia

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s bustling capital, famous for its Petronas Towers-dominated skyline, is a modern jungle of skyscrapers, food stalls and banyan trees. The largest city in the country, it is also Malaysia’s cultural, financial and economic center, and the official residence of the Malaysian king. Financial, insurance and real estate industries drive the local economy and have created a large service sector. Outside working hours, locals enjoy shopping in the city’s many air-conditioned malls and indulging in the local food scene.

City rank out of 77 cities

Price level
59
Earning level
56
Purchasing power
49
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Facts about Kuala Lumpur

Price Level Index
Kuala Lumpur
57.3
New York
100.0
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1
5
59
77
Earnings Level Index
Kuala Lumpur
20.5
New York
100.0
Global rankingShow all cities
1
7
56
77
Working Time
Kuala Lumpur
0/ 31.7m
New York
0/ 15.2m
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1
12
43
77
Purchasing Power Index
Kuala Lumpur
35.8
New York
100.0
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1
10
49
77
Did you know…
In 1857, 87 Chinese prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers and set up camp, naming the spot Kuala Lumpur, meaning 'muddy confluence'.