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.
This was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and applies to women over the age of 20. Meanwhile, the average height for men of a similar age in the U.S. is around 5 feet 9 inches.
Nutrition and other health factors may explain height differences among various populations, and some may have limits to potential height. Immigration may also influence these averages.
Fast facts on average height for women:
- Each country has its own reporting methods. There is no global average for women’s height.
- Height is dependent on a variety of factors.
- On average, men are taller than women all over the world.
Average body shape and size change with time. For example, the average woman in the 1960s stood at 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed around 140 pounds. The average woman now weighs 168 pounds, showing an increase of 28 pounds.
Average height for women in the U.S. has only increased by an inch over the same period, indicating that weight is increasing much faster than height.
On average, height in the U.S. has increased at a slower rate than the global median.
The average height of a person in the U.S. has also increased more slowly than the height of their counterparts in other high-income countries, according to a 2016 survey.
This has not always been the case. In 1914, men in America were the third-tallest in the world and women the fourth-tallest.
A century later, these women were the 42nd-tallest in the world, and men the 37th-tallest.
Among men, the Netherlands had the tallest average, at 6 feet in 2014. That same year, the tallest average for women — 5 feet 7 inches — was reported in Latvia.
Authors of the 2016 survey noted that slowed increases in height among people in America may be related to worsening nutrition. They also mentioned immigration of people from countries whose people are typically shorter in height, and lower qualities of obstetric and pediatric healthcare as potential factors.
Many unofficial sources report a global average height for women as 5 feet 3 inches or an inch taller.
Here are some worldwide trends in height for women aged 18–40 from the website World Data:
- The average height of European women is 5 feet 6 inches.
- In many parts of Asia, including China, the average woman’s height is about 5 feet.
- The average height for women in North America is slightly below the average for women in the U.S. Average heights for women in the U.S. and Canada are the same, while the same average in Mexico is just below 5 feet 2 inches.
- According to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), the shortest average heights for women are recorded in South Asia and Guatemala, at under 5 feet.
Some factors are natural, while others