Average Height for Males in the United States

Statistical Average The average height for men in America is approximately 5 feet 9 inches (about 175.3 centimeters) according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Ethnic and Racial Variations There are variations in average height among different ethnic and racial groups in America. For instance, non-Hispanic white men tend to be slightly taller on average compared to Hispanic or African American men.

Regional Differences Average height can also vary by region within the United States. Factors such as genetics, nutrition, and socioeconomic status contribute to these variations.

Historical Trends Over the past century, there has been a gradual increase in average height among American men due to improvements in nutrition, healthcare, and overall living conditions.

Health Implications While average height is not necessarily indicative of an individual's health, there is a correlation between height and certain health outcomes such as risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.


Genetic Factors Genetics play a significant role in determining height, with height being influenced by a combination of genetic factors inherited from both parents.

Environmental Factors Nutrition during childhood and adolescence, as well as overall health and socioeconomic factors, can also impact height.

Global Comparison Compared to men in other countries, American men rank around the middle in terms of average height according to global studies and data from organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO).

Height Distribution The distribution of height among American men follows a bell curve, with the majority falling within the average range and fewer individuals at the extremes of height.

Psychological and Social Perceptions Height can influence social perceptions and interactions, with taller individuals often perceived as more authoritative or successful in certain contexts, though these perceptions can vary widely among individuals and cultures.