What is the average male height?

The average British man is neither tall nor short compared to those in other European countries. Surveys show that the average height of an adult male in the UK is 5ft 10in (177.8cm). We’re still growing though. The average male height is predicted to rise over the coming years.



How can you measure the height of a man?

You measure the height of a man from the floor to the crown of the head. It is easiest to measure height by standing with your back to a wall, with your heels touching the wall. This ensures that you are standing up straight. Ask someone to measure you.

How tall was the tallest man in history?

The American Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940) is thought to be the tallest man who ever lived. According to the Guinness Book of Records he measured 8ft 11.1in (272cm) in height.

How short was the shortest man in history?

The shortest man in history was an Indian called Gul Mohammed (1957 - 1997). He was only 1ft 10.5in (57.15cm) tall.

Which factors influence your adult height?

Your adult height depends on various factors. Height is partly determined by your genetics. If both your parents are short, there is a large chance that you will be short too, and if both your parents are tall, you are likely to become a tall adult too. Your adult height is also partly determined by lifestyle. Many studies conducted into the effects of different lifestyles have shown that people with a healthy lifestyle will have a higher average adult height that those who have an unhealthy adult lifestyle.

When does a man stop growing?

It is difficult to determine the exact moment when a man is fully-grown. Some men will stop growing at the age of 16 while others are not fully-grown until their 21st. The chance of growing after your 21st is small. If you would like to get an accurate assessment of whether you have stopped growing you can talk to your doctor.

Is the average height of men increasing?

Yes, the average male height is increasing. Nowadays, the average height of a British man is 5ft 10in (177.8cm). Mid-19th-centrury the average height of a British man was only 5ft 5.7in (167cm).

What is the average male height in other countries?

The following overview shows the average male height in other countries.

 Country   Length 
 Belgium  5ft 11in (180.4 cm) 
 Canada  5ft 10.9in (180.1 cm) 
 Netherlands   5ft 11.2in (180.8 cm)
 France  5ft 8.1in (173.1 cm)
 Finland   5ft 9.5in (176.6 cm)
 Italy  5ft 7.8in (172.2 cm)
 Japan  5ft 5.2in (165.6 cm) 
 Norway  5ft 10.7in (179.7 cm)
 Spain  5ft 8.4in (178 cm)
 Taiwan  5ft 8in (172.7 cm)
 United States   5ft 9.1in (175.5 cm)


See besides average male height also: 
Average Female Height
Average Child Height
Average Weight of a Man 
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