The average height of males varies from one country to another. Socioeconomic, nutritional, and biological factors may affect a person’s height.
Anthropometry is the study of the human body’s composition, which includes measurements of height, weight, and shape. This data may help indicate a person’s general health status, nutrition and dietary adequacy, and growth.
Height and other anthropometric data are published in
These measurements could be used to:
assessthe socioeconomic, environmental, and nutritional status of a specific demographic evaluatefor diseases and health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer
- formulate averages and trends in human growth
- create more ergonomic spaces, furniture, and assistive devices
Keep reading to learn more about the average heights of males around the world.
Note on sex
We use the term “male” in this article to reflect the anatomy and chromosomes of sex assigned at birth.
From 2015–2018, the average height for males in the United States ages 20 and over was
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There were slight changes in the average adult male height from 2000–2015. However, these weren’t as significant as the weight, waist circumference, and BMI
The range of average male heights across the world is quite broad.
The table below shows the average male heights in 2019 for 15 countries.
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This data was compiled by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. This is a global group of researchers and health scientists that provide data for noncommunicable diseases in more than 200 countries.
Data from 1896–1996 suggests the global average height for males increased from 63.78 to 67.32 inches.
During this century, Iranian males may have seen the biggest change in height, gaining nearly 6.5 inches.
Several biological, nutritional, and socioeconomic factors may affect a person’s height.
The other 20% may be due to nutritional and environmental factors.
Malnutrition or a person’s access to nutrient-dense whole foods at a young age, may impact their height.
Not getting enough of certain minerals
Chronic malnutrition may be associated with poor socioeconomic conditions, illness and disease, or poor maternal health.
Environmental factors may also affect someone’s height, including:
- a mother’s nutrition and lifestyle habits during pregnancy, such as smoking
- sleep quality as a child and teen
- where someone lives, such as in an urban area
- a person’s posture
Gigantism refers to an extremely tall stature. It may be caused by:
- Carney complex
- McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS)
- multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN-1)
In contrast, dwarfism refers to an extremely short stature, which may be caused by:
How tall is the average male?
Data from 2015–2018 reports that the average male height in the United States ages 20 and over was
Globally, the average height for 18-year-old males born in 1996 was 67.45 inches.
What is the average height of males in the world?
The global average height in 2014 for males born in 1996 was 67.45 inches.
In 2019, the country with the shortest average male height was Timor-Leste, at 63.01 inches. The tallest average male height was 72.36 inches in the Netherlands.
While there may be trends and overall averages with regard to height in the world, it’s important to remember that humans come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Countless factors may affect someone’s height, including age, genetics, socioeconomic status, and nutrition. Averages may help statisticians observe health and growth trends, but they should not serve as a measure of self-worth.