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Height Chart of Men and Women in Different Countries


  • Published: 2017-12-01 (Revised/Updated 2018-02-27) : Author: Ian Langtree : Contact: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Chart showing 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. 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 LondonAbout This Image: The world's smallest man He Pingping sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova from Russia at Trafalgar Square in LondonAdult 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.

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.

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Average Global Heights by Country

Chart showing the average height of males and females in various world countries.
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

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