The average height for both males and females has substantially increased over the past century, but it varies depending on location and several other factors. Much of this is due to improved nutrition. Health factors at an individual and population level have had also had an effect. On average, a male will be taller than their great-grandfather. However, how much taller will vary significantly by region, nutritional status, and other factors.
Height Chart of Men and Women in Different Countries
Average Height for Men in U.S. and internationally. How to Measure & More
The average height for men has been tracked over the years and has been increasing. The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the average height for an adult male is Keep in mind that average means half of the adult male population will be taller and half will be shorter. As with skin tone and eye color, height isn't something you can change—only camouflage.
Poor nutrition and illness in childhood limit human growth. As a consequence, the average height of a population is strongly correlated with living standards in a population. This makes the study of human height relevant for historians who want to understand the history of living conditions. Because the effect of better material living standards is to make people taller, human height is used as an indirect measure for living standards. It is especially relevant for the study of living conditions in periods for which little or no other data is available — what historians refer to as the pre-statistical period.
The average height for a woman varies, depending on where she was born and raised. For a woman raised in the United States, the average height is currently 5 feet 4 inches. Meanwhile, the average height for men of a similar age in the U. Nutrition and other health factors may explain height differences among various populations, and some may have limits to potential height.