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Height Chart of Men and Women in Different Countries


Growth and height have long been recognized as a measure of the health and wellness of individuals. This chart shows the average height of males and females in various world countries.

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, hence part of the reasoning for the use of growth charts.

Adult height between ethnic groups 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.

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, suggesting that a short mother will more likely bear a shorter son, and tall fathers will have tall daughters.

Interestingly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Europeans in North America were far taller than those in Europe and were the tallest in the world. The original indigenous population of the Plains Native Americans was also among the tallest populations of the world at the time. Several nations, including many nations in Europe, have now surpassed the US, particularly the Netherlands, and Scandinavian nations.

In certain countries like the Philippines, younger generations are significantly shorter than those born in the 1970s and 1980s despite the economic growth and better standard of living. In Malaysia and Thailand, younger generations have experienced increased height.

The world's smallest man He Pingping sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova from Russia at Trafalgar Square in LondonToday 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 (6 ft 3 in) and females at 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in).

The tallest person in recorded history was Robert Pershing Wadlow born in Alton, Illinois USA. And the current worlds shortest man is He Pingping from Mongolia.

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


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