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Shah Alam, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 10, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Shah Alam, Malaysia is 673,000. People describe Shah Alam as a modern city with a mix of traditional and contemporary architecture, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of shopping and dining options. Expats love the city's convenient location, its diverse culture, and its affordability. The weather in Shah Alam is generally hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 75°F (24°C) to an average high of 90°F (32°C). The average cost of living in Shah Alam for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $700 USD per month.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Shah Alam, they said:

"Expats considering retiring in Shah Alam should be aware that the city is a bustling metropolis with a population of over 1 million people. It is the capital of the state of Selangor and is located in the Klang Valley, about 25 km from Kuala Lumpur. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in Shah Alam is relatively low compared to other cities in Malaysia, making it an attractive option for retirees. Additionally, the city is well-connected to the rest of the country by public transportation, making it easy to get around. Finally, expats should be aware that the climate in Shah Alam is tropical, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 33 degrees Celsius throughout the year," wrote a member in Shah Alam.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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