- Publish Date :
*2017/12/01*-*(Rev. 2019/06/02)* - Author :
*Ian Langtree* - Contact :
*Disabled World*

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.

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.

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.

*The world's smallest man He Pingping sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova from Russia at Trafalgar Square in London*

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. | |||
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Country/Region |
Average male height |
Average female height |
Sampled Age Range |

Albania | 174.0 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 |

Argentina | 174.46 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 |

Australia | 175.6 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 161.8 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 18 |

Australia | 177.8 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 163.8 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 18-24 |

Austria | 179 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 166 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-49 |

Austria | 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Austria | 178.80 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | - | 30-34 |

Austria | 179.2 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 167.6 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 21 |

Azerbaijan | 171.8 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 165.4 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 16 |

Bahrain | 165.1 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 154.2 cm (5 ft 1/2 in) | 19+ |

Bahrain | 171.0 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 |

Belgium | 178.70 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | - | 30-34 |

Belgium | 178.6 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 |

Bolivia | 160.0 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 142.2 cm (4 ft 8 in) | 20-29 |

Bosnia and Herzegovina | 183.9 cm (6 ft 1/2 in) | 171.8 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 19-32 |

Brazil | 170.7 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 158.8 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 18+ |

Brazil | 173.0 cm (5 ft 8 in) | 161.1 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Brazil-Urban | 173.5 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 161.6 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Brazil-Rural | 170.9 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 158.9 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Bulgaria | 175.2 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 163.2 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | - |

Bulgaria-Sofia | 178.1 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-Urban | 170.6 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 161.3 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 15+ |

Cameroon-Urban | 172.1 cm (5 ft 8 in) | 162.0 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 35-44 |

Canada | 175.1 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 162.3 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 18-79 |

Canada | 176.0 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 |

Chile | 169.6 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 156.1 cm (5 ft 1 1/2 in) | 15 |

Chile | 171.2 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 157.2 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 25-44 |

Chile | 171 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 159.1 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 15-24 |

China, People's Republic of | 167.1 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 |

Colombia | 170.6 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 |

Croatia | 180.4 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 166.49 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 18 |

Cuba-Urban | 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 156 cm (5 ft 1 1/2 in) | 15 |

Czech Republic | 180.31 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167.22 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 17 |

Denmark | 180.4 cm (5 ft 11 in) | - | 18-20 |

Denmark | 181.4 cm (5 ft 11 1/2 in) | - | 30 |

Denmark | 182.6 cm (6 ft 0 in) | 168.7 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 23 |

Dinaric Alps | 185.6 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 |

Egypt | 170.3 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 |

Estonia | 179.1 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | - | 17 |

Ethiopia | - | 157.6 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 25-49 |

Europe | 177.6 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 17-29 |

Finland | 178.9 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 165.3 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 25-34 |

Finland | 180.7 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167.2 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 25 |

Finland | 177.9 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 30-34 |

France | 175.6 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 162.5 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 18-70 |

France | 174.1 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 161.9 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 20 |

France | 177.0 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 164.6 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 20-29 |

France | 176.2 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | - | 30-34 |

Gabon | - | 158.4 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 25-49 |

Gambia-Rural | 168.0 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 157.8 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 21-49 |

Germany | 175.4 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 162.8 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 18-79 |

Germany | 178.9 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 166.1 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 18-37 |

Germany-Urban | 180.6 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 168.5 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 18-37 |

Germany | 180.17 cm (5 ft 11 in) | - | 30-34 |

Germany | 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 18+ |

Germany | 181 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 |

Ghana | 169.5 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 158.5 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 25-29 |

Greece | 177 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 18-49 |

Greece | 177 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 166 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Greece | 178.06 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 18-26 |

Greece | 177.29 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 30-34 |

Greece | 178.3 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 Kong | 171.7 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 158.7 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 18 |

Hong Kong | 173.4 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 160.1 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 19-20 |

Hungary | 176 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 164 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | Adults |

Hungary | 177.3 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 18 |

India | 164.7 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 151.9 cm (5 ft 0 in) | 20-49 |

India-Rural | 161.2 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 152.1 cm (5 ft 0 in) | 17+ |

India | 166.3 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 152.6 cm (5 ft 0 in) | 20 |

Indonesia | 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 147 cm (4 ft 10 in) | 50+ |

Iran | 170.3 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 157.2 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 21+ |

Iran | 173.4 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 159.8 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 21-25 |

Iraq-Baghdad | 165.4 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 155.8 cm (5 ft 1 1/2 in) | 18-44 |

Ireland | 177 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 20-49 |

Ireland | 179 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 20-24 |

Ireland | 176.60 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | - | 30 |

Ireland | 177.5 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 163.5 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 21 |

Israel | 177 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 166 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 18-21 |

Italy | 176.5 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 162.5 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 18 |

Italy | 174.48 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | - | 30 |

Italy | 177.2 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 167.8 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 21 |

Ivory Coast | 170.1 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 |

Jamaica | 171.8 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 160.8 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 25-74 |

Japan | 172 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 20-49 |

Japan | 172.0 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 158.70 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Japan | 170.7 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 Korea | 165.6 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 154.9 cm (5 ft 1 in) | 20-39 |

South Korea | 170.7 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 157.4 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 20+ |

South Korea | 173.5 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 160.4 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 20-24 |

South Korea | 173.5 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | - | 18-19 |

South Korea-Seoul | 173.9 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 |

Lithuania | 177.2 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 19-25 |

Lithuania-Urban | 178.4 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 19-25 |

Lithuania-Rural | 176.2 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | - | 19-25 |

Lithuania | 181.3 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-Urban | 166 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 155 cm (5 ft 1 in) | 16-60 |

Malaysia | 166.3 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 154.7 cm (5 ft 1 in) | 20-24 |

Malaysia | 168.5 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 158.1 cm (5 ft 2 in) | Chinese, 20-24 |

Malaysia | 169.1 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 155.4 cm (5 ft 1 in) | Indian, 20-24 |

Mali-Southern Mali | 171.3 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 160.4 cm (5 ft 3 in) | Adults |

Malta | 169.9 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 159.9 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 18 |

Malta | 175.2 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 163.8 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 25-34 |

Mexico | 167 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 154 cm (5 ft 1/2 in) | 20-49 |

Mexico | 169 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 155 cm (5 ft 1 in) | 20-24 |

Mexico | 172 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | - | Young adults |

Mexico-Bajio | 172 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | - | Adults |

Mexico-Central | - | 162 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 26-39 |

Mexico-Morelos | 167 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 |

Mongolia | 168.4 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | 157.7 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 25-34 |

Montenegro | 183.2 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 |

Netherlands | 181 cm (5 ft 11 1/2 in) | 169 cm (5 ft 6 1/2 in) | Caucasians, 16-18 |

Netherlands | 182.70 cm (6 ft 0 in) | - | 30-34 |

Netherlands | 180.8 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167.5 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 20 |

Netherlands | 183.2 cm (6 ft 0 in) | 169.9 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 20-30 |

Netherlands | 183.8 cm (6 ft 1/2 in) | 170.7 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 21 |

New Zealand | 177 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 164 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 20-49 |

New Zealand | 178 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 |

Nigeria | 163.8 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 157.8 cm (5 ft 2 in) | 18-74 |

Nigeria | 167.2 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 160.3 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 20-29 |

Norway | 179.63 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | - | 30-34 |

Norway | 180.3 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-85 |

Norway | 182.4 cm (6 ft 0 in) | 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 20-25 |

Norway | 181.6 cm (5 ft 11 1/2 in) | 168.2 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 26-35 |

Peru | 164 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 151 cm (4 ft 11 1/2 in) | 20 |

Philippines | 161.9 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 150.2 cm (4 ft 11 in) | 20 |

Philippines | 163.4 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 151.7 cm (4 ft 11 1/2 in) | 20-39 |

Poland | 178.7 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 165.1 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 18 |

Portugal | 173.9 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | - | 18 |

Portugal | 172.30 cm (5 ft 8 in) | - | 30-34 |

Portugal | 171 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 161 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 20-50 |

Portugal | 173.7 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 163.7 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 21 |

Qatar | 170.8 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 |

Romania | 172 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 157 cm (5 ft 2 in) | - |

Russia | 177.2 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 Arabia | 168.9 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 |

Serbia | 182.0 cm (5 ft 11 1/2 in) | 166.8 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 18-30 |

Singapore | 171 cm (5 ft 7 1/2 in) | 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) | Chinese students |

Slovakia | 179.4 cm (5 ft 10 1/2 in) | 165.6 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 18 |

Slovenia-Ljubljana | 180.3 cm (5 ft 11 in) | 167.4 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 19 |

South Africa | 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) | 159 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 19 |

Sri Lanka | 163.6 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 151.4 cm (4 ft 11 1/2 in) | 18+ |

Sri Lanka | 165.6 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 154.0 cm (5 ft 1/2 in) | 18-29 |

Spain | 173.1 cm (5 ft 8 in) | - | 18-70 |

Spain | - | 159.6 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 18-70 |

Spain | 175.3 cm (5 ft 9 in) | - | 18-34 |

Spain | - | 162.6 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 18-19 |

Spain | 175.30 cm (5 ft 9 in) | - | 30-34 |

Spain | 174 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 20-49 |

Spain | 176 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 166 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-24 |

Spain | 178 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 |

Sweden | 181.5 cm (5 ft 11 1/2 in) | 166.8 cm (5 ft 5 1/2 in) | 20-29 |

Sweden | 180.4 cm (5 ft 11 in) | - | 30 |

Sweden | 177.9 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 164.6 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 20-74 |

Switzerland | 178.2 cm (5 ft 10 in) | - | 19 |

Switzerland | 175.4 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 164 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 20-74 |

Taiwan | 171.4 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 |

Thailand | 170.3 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 |

Tonga | 176.1 cm (5 ft 9 1/2 in) | 165.3 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 40 |

Turkey | 173.6 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 161.9 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 20-22 |

Turkey-Ankara | 174.1 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 158.9 cm (5 ft 2 1/2 in) | 18-59 |

Turkey-Ankara | 176.1 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 Emirates | 173.4 cm (5 ft 8 1/2 in) | 156.4 cm (5 ft 1 1/2 in) | - |

UK-England | 175.3 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 161.9 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 16+ |

UK-England | 177.8 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 164.5 cm (5 ft 5 in) | 25-34 |

UK-Scotland | 175.0 cm (5 ft 9 in) | 161.3 cm (5 ft 3 1/2 in) | 16+ |

UK-Scotland | 178.2 cm (5 ft 10 in) | 163.5 cm (5 ft 4 1/2 in) | 25-34 |

UK-Wales | 177.0 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 |

Uruguay | 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) | 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) | Adults |

Uzbekistan | - | 159.9 cm (5 ft 3 in) | 25-49 |

Vietnam | 162.1 cm (5 ft 4 in) | 152.2 cm (5 ft 0 in) | 25-29 |

Vietnam | 165.7 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 |

- 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 (6 ft 3 in) and females at 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in).
- 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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