Height Chart of Men and Women in Different Countries (2023)

Published: 2017-12-01 - Updated: 2021-08-02
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Synopsis: Chart showing the average height of males and females in various world countries. The average height for American males 20+ is 69.1 inches (175.4 cm), or 5' 9" tall. The average height of an American female 20+ is 63.5 inches (161.5 cm), or 5' 3.5" tall.


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The study of human growth is known as auxology. Growth and height have long been recognized as a measure of the health and wellness of individuals. The chart below shows the average height of males and females in various world countries.

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People from different countries grow to different heights. This may be partly due to genetics, but most differences in height between countries have other causes. For example, children and adolescents who are malnourished, or who suffer from serious diseases, will generally be shorter as adults.

Adult height between ethnic groups also often differs significantly and the average height for each sex within a countries population is significantly different, with adult males being (on average) taller than adult females.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average age-adjusted height for American men 20 years and older is is 69.1 inches (175.4 cm), or 5 feet 9 inches tall, and the average height of an American female over 20 years of age is 63.5 inches (161.5 cm), or 5' 3.5" tall.

Recent breakthroughs in sequencing the human genome have allowed identification of 697 genetic variants that influence the height of an individual (https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.3097).

Although genetics plays an important role in understanding variation within a given population, human growth can be limited by poor childhood nutrition and illness. The only gene so far attributed with normal height variation is HMGA2.

Genetically speaking, the heights of mother and son and of father and daughter correlate, which suggests that a short mother will be more likely to give birth to a shorter son, and taller fathers are more likely to have tall daughters.

Chart showing the average height of males and females in various world countries.
Country/RegionAverage male heightAverage female heightSampled Age Range
Albania174.0 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)161.8 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20-29
Argentina-159.6 cm (5ft 3in)19-49
Argentina174.46 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)161.01 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)18
Armenia-158.1 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Australia175.6 cm (5ft 9in)161.8 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)18
Australia177.8 cm (5ft 10in)163.8 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)18-24
Austria179 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)166 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-49
Austria180 cm (5ft 11in)167 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-24
Austria178.80 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)-30-34
Austria179.2 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)167.6 cm (5ft 6in)21
Azerbaijan171.8 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)165.4 cm (5ft 5in)16
Bahrain165.1 cm (5ft 5in)154.2 cm (5ft 1/2in)19+
Bahrain171.0 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)156.6 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)18
Bangladesh-150.6 cm (4ft 11 1/2in)25-49
Belgium178.70 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)-30-34
Belgium178.6 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)168.1 cm (5ft 6in)21
Benin-159.3 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Bolivia-151.8 cm (5ft 0in)25-49
Bolivia160.0 cm (5ft 3in)142.2 cm (4ft 8in)20-29
Bosnia and Herzegovina183.9 cm (6ft 1/2in)171.8 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)19-32
Brazil170.7 cm (5ft 7in)158.8 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)18+
Brazil173.0 cm (5ft 8in)161.1 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20-24
Brazil-Urban173.5 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)161.6 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20-24
Brazil-Rural170.9 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)158.9 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)20-24
Bulgaria175.2 cm (5ft 9in)163.2 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)-
Bulgaria-Sofia178.1 cm (5ft 10in)164.8 cm (5ft 5in)-
Burkina Faso-161.6 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)25-49
Cambodia-152.4 cm (5ft 0in)25-49
Cameroon-Urban170.6 cm (5ft 7in)161.3 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)15+
Cameroon-Urban172.1 cm (5ft 8in)162.0 cm (5ft 4in)35-44
Canada175.1 cm (5ft 9in)162.3 cm (5ft 4in)18-79
Canada176.0 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)163.3 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)25-44
Central African Republic-158.9 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Chad-162.6 cm (5ft 4in)25-49
Chile169.6 cm (5ft 7in)156.1 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)15
Chile171.2 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)157.2 cm (5ft 2in)25-44
Chile171 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)159.1 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)15-24
China, People's Republic of167.1 cm (5ft 6in)155.8 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)18
172.1 cm (5ft 8in)160.1 cm (5ft 3in)19
People's Republic of-Urban
170.2 cm (5ft 7in)158.6 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)17
People's Republic of-Rural
166.3 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)157.0 cm (5ft 2in)17
People's Republic of-Beijing
174.7 cm (5ft 9in)161.3 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)21
People's Republic of-Sichuan
169.2 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)158.2 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)20-24
Colombia170.6 cm (5ft 7in)158.7 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)18-22
Colombia-155.0 cm (5ft 1in)25-49
Comoros-154.8 cm (5ft 1in)25-49
Democratic Republic of the
-157.7 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Congo, Republic of the-159.0 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Croatia180.4 cm (5ft 11in)166.49 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)18
Cuba-Urban168 cm (5ft 6in)156 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)15
Czech Republic180.31 cm (5ft 11in)167.22 cm (5ft 6in)17
Denmark180.4 cm (5ft 11in)-18-20
Denmark181.4 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)-30
Denmark182.6 cm (6ft 0in)168.7 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)23
Dinaric Alps185.6 cm (6ft 1in)171.1 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)17
Dominican Republic-156.4 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)25-49
El Salvador-160.3 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
Egypt170.3 cm (5ft 7in)158.9 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)20-24
Egypt-159.5 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
Estonia179.1 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)-17
Ethiopia-157.6 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Europe177.6 cm (5ft 10in)-17-29
Finland178.9 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)165.3 cm (5ft 5in)25-34
Finland180.7 cm (5ft 11in)167.2 cm (5ft 6in)25
Finland177.9 cm (5ft 10in)-30-34
France175.6 cm (5ft 9in)162.5 cm (5ft 4in)18-70
France174.1 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)161.9 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20
France177.0 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)164.6 cm (5ft 5in)20-29
France176.2 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)-30-34
Gabon-158.4 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Gambia-Rural168.0 cm (5ft 6in)157.8 cm (5ft 2in)21-49
Germany175.4 cm (5ft 9in)162.8 cm (5ft 4in)18-79
Germany178.9 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)166.1 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)18-37
Germany-Urban180.6 cm (5ft 11in)168.5 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)18-37
Germany180.17 cm (5ft 11in)-30-34
Germany178 cm (5ft 10in)165 cm (5ft 5in)18+
Germany181 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)168 cm (5ft 6in)18-25
Ghana-159.3 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Ghana169.5 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)158.5 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-29
Greece177 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)165 cm (5ft 5in)18-49
Greece177 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)166 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-24
Greece178.06 cm (5ft 10in)-18-26
Greece177.29 cm (5ft 10in)-30-34
Greece178.3 cm (5ft 10in)166.6 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)21
Guatemala-147.3 cm (4ft 10in)25-49
Guinea-158.8 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Haiti-158.6 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Honduras-152.0 cm (5ft 0in)25-49
Hong Kong171.7 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)158.7 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)18
Hong Kong173.4 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)160.1 cm (5ft 3in)19-20
Hungary176 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)164 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)Adults
Hungary177.3 cm (5ft 10in)-18
India164.7 cm (5ft 5in)151.9 cm (5ft 0in)20-49
India-Rural161.2 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)152.1 cm (5ft 0in)17+
India166.3 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)152.6 cm (5ft 0in)20
Indonesia158 cm (5ft 2in)147 cm (4ft 10in)50+
Iran170.3 cm (5ft 7in)157.2 cm (5ft 2in)21+
Iran173.4 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)159.8 cm (5ft 3in)21-25
Iraq-Baghdad165.4 cm (5ft 5in)155.8 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)18-44
Ireland177 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)163 cm (5ft 4in)20-49
Ireland179 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)163 cm (5ft 4in)20-24
Ireland176.60 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)-30
Ireland177.5 cm (5ft 10in)163.5 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)21
Israel177 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)166 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)18-21
Italy176.5 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)162.5 cm (5ft 4in)18
Italy174.48 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)-30
Italy177.2 cm (5ft 10in)167.8 cm (5ft 6in)21
Ivory Coast170.1 cm (5ft 7in)159.1 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-29
Ivory Coast-159.8 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
Jamaica171.8 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)160.8 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)25-74
Japan172 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)158 cm (5ft 2in)20-49
Japan172.0 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)158.70 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)20-24
Japan170.7 cm (5ft 7in)158.0 cm (5ft 2in)17
Jordan-158.2 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Kazakhstan-159.8 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
Kenya-159.4 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
North Korea165.6 cm (5ft 5in)154.9 cm (5ft 1in)20-39
South Korea170.7 cm (5ft 7in)157.4 cm (5ft 2in)20+
South Korea173.5 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)160.4 cm (5ft 3in)20-24
South Korea173.5 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)-18-19
South Korea-Seoul173.9 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)-18-19
Kyrgyzstan-158.0 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Lesotho-157.6 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Liberia-157.3 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Lithuania177.2 cm (5ft 10in)-19-25
Lithuania-Urban178.4 cm (5ft 10in)-19-25
Lithuania-Rural176.2 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)-19-25
Lithuania181.3 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)167.5 cm (5ft 6in)18
Madagascar-154.3 cm (5ft 1/2in)25-49
Malawi-Urban166 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)155 cm (5ft 1in)16-60
Malaysia166.3 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)154.7 cm (5ft 1in)20-24
Malaysia168.5 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)158.1 cm (5ft 2in)Chinese, 20-24
Malaysia169.1 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)155.4 cm (5ft 1in)Indian, 20-24
Mali-Southern Mali171.3 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)160.4 cm (5ft 3in)Adults
Malta169.9 cm (5ft 7in)159.9 cm (5ft 3in)18
Malta175.2 cm (5ft 9in)163.8 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)25-34
Mexico167 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)154 cm (5ft 1/2in)20-49
Mexico169 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)155 cm (5ft 1in)20-24
Mexico172 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)-Young adults
Mexico-Bajio172 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)-Adults
Mexico-Central-162 cm (5ft 4in)26-39
Mexico-Morelos167 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)155 cm (5ft 1in)18-76
Moldova-161.2 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)25-49
Mongolia168.4 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)157.7 cm (5ft 2in)25-34
Montenegro183.2 cm (6ft 0in)168.4 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)Students
Morocco-158.5 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Mozambique-156 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)25-49
Namibia-160.7 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)25-49
Nepal-150.8 cm (4ft 11 1/2in)25-49
Netherlands181 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)169 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)Caucasians, 16-18
Netherlands182.70 cm (6ft 0in)-30-34
Netherlands180.8 cm (5ft 11in)167.5 cm (5ft 6in)20
Netherlands183.2 cm (6ft 0in)169.9 cm (5ft 7in)20-30
Netherlands183.8 cm (6ft 1/2in)170.7 cm (5ft 7in)21
New Zealand177 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)164 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)20-49
New Zealand178 cm (5ft 10in)164 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)20-24
Nicaragua-153.7 cm (5ft 1/2in)25-49
Nigeria163.8 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)157.8 cm (5ft 2in)18-74
Nigeria167.2 cm (5ft 6in)160.3 cm (5ft 3in)20-29
Norway179.63 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)-30-34
Norway180.3 cm (5ft 11in)167 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-85
Norway182.4 cm (6ft 0in)168 cm (5ft 6in)20-25
Norway181.6 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)168.2 cm (5ft 6in)26-35
Peru164 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)151 cm (4ft 11 1/2in)20
Philippines161.9 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)150.2 cm (4ft 11in)20
Philippines163.4 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)151.7 cm (4ft 11 1/2in)20-39
Poland178.7 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)165.1 cm (5ft 5in)18
Portugal173.9 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)-18
Portugal172.30 cm (5ft 8in)-30-34
Portugal171 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)161 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20-50
Portugal173.7 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)163.7 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)21
Qatar170.8 cm (5ft 7in)161.1 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)18
Rwanda-157.7 cm (5ft 2in)25-49
Romania172 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)157 cm (5ft 2in)-
Russia177.2 cm (5ft 10in)164.1 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)24
Samoa-166.6 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)18-28
Saudi Arabia168.9 cm (5ft 6 1/2in)156.3 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)18
Senegal-163 cm (5ft 4in)25-49
Serbia182.0 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)166.8 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)18-30
Singapore171 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)160 cm (5ft 3in)Chinese students
Slovakia179.4 cm (5ft 10 1/2in)165.6 cm (5ft 5in)18
Slovenia-Ljubljana180.3 cm (5ft 11in)167.4 cm (5ft 6in)19
South Africa168 cm (5ft 6in)159 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)19
Sri Lanka163.6 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)151.4 cm (4ft 11 1/2in)18+
Sri Lanka165.6 cm (5ft 5in)154.0 cm (5ft 1/2in)18-29
Spain173.1 cm (5ft 8in)-18-70
Spain-159.6 cm (5ft 3in)18-70
Spain175.3 cm (5ft 9in)-18-34
Spain-162.6 cm (5ft 4in)18-19
Spain175.30 cm (5ft 9in)-30-34
Spain174 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)163 cm (5ft 4in)20-49
Spain176 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)166 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-24
Spain178 cm (5ft 10in)166.2 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)21
Swaziland-159.1 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Sweden181.5 cm (5ft 11 1/2in)166.8 cm (5ft 5 1/2in)20-29
Sweden180.4 cm (5ft 11in)-30
Sweden177.9 cm (5ft 10in)164.6 cm (5ft 5in)20-74
Switzerland178.2 cm (5ft 10in)-19
Switzerland175.4 cm (5ft 9in)164 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)20-74
Taiwan171.4 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)159.9 cm (5ft 3in)17
Tanzania-156.6 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)25-49
Thailand170.3 cm (5ft 7in)159 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)15-19
Togo-159.0 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Tonga176.1 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)165.3 cm (5ft 5in)40
Turkey173.6 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)161.9 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)20-22
Turkey-Ankara174.1 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)158.9 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)18-59
Turkey-Ankara176.1 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)162 cm (5ft 4in)18-29
Turkey-156.4 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)25-49
Uganda-159.2 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
United Arab Emirates173.4 cm (5ft 8 1/2in)156.4 cm (5ft 1 1/2in)-
UK-England175.3 cm (5ft 9in)161.9 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)16+
UK-England177.8 cm (5ft 10in)164.5 cm (5ft 5in)25-34
UK-Scotland175.0 cm (5ft 9in)161.3 cm (5ft 3 1/2in)16+
UK-Scotland178.2 cm (5ft 10in)163.5 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)25-34
UK-Wales177.0 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)162.0 cm (5ft 4in)16
U.S.175.9 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)162.1 cm (5ft 4in)All Americans, 20+
U.S.176.3 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)163.1 cm (5ft 4in)All Americans, 20-29
U.S.176.9 cm (5ft 9 1/2in)163.7 cm (5ft 4 1/2in)African Americans, 20-39
U.S.171.1 cm (5ft 7 1/2in)158.2 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)Hispanic/Latino, 20-39
U.S.178.4 cm (5ft 10in)164.9 cm (5ft 5in)Non-Hispanic White, 20-39
Uruguay170 cm (5ft 7in)158 cm (5ft 2in)Adults
Uzbekistan-159.9 cm (5ft 3in)25-49
Vietnam162.1 cm (5ft 4in)152.2 cm (5ft 0in)25-29
Vietnam165.7 cm (5ft 5in)155.2 cm (5ft 1in)20-25
Zambia-158.5 cm (5ft 2 1/2in)25-49
Zimbabwe-160.3 cm (5ft 3in)25-49

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Interesting Facts

  • In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Europeans in North America were far taller than those in Europe and were once the tallest people in the world.
  • The original indigenous population of the Plains Native Americans was also among the tallest populations of the world at the time.
  • Today several nations, including many European nations, have now surpassed the U.S. in average height, particularly the Netherlands, and Scandinavian nations.
  • In certain countries like the Philippines, younger generations are significantly shorter than those who were born in the 1970's and 1980's - despite today's economic growth and far better standard of living.
  • In Malaysia and Thailand, younger generations are currently experiencing average increased height.
  • Today, the tallest race of humans is the Nilotic peoples of Sudan such as the Dinka, they have been described as the tallest in the world, with the males in some communities having average heights of 1.9 m (6ft 3in) and females at 1.8 m (5ft 11in).
  • The tallest person in recorded history was Robert Pershing Wadlow who was born in Alton, Illinois USA.
  • The current worlds shortest man is He Pingping (Pictured above) from Mongolia.

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