What Height Is Considered Short, Average and Tall for a Man?

what height is considered short for a man

It is always said that what really matters the most is what’s on the inside. But to be honest, in a world where looking good is important, being tall matters so much. This is why a lot of men are obsessing over their height. If you’re one of them, you may be wondering if you are short, average or tall. Keep on reading to know the answer!

So, what height is considered short, average, and tall for a man? In the US, your height is regarded as average if you stand 5 feet and 9 inches. You are considered as short if your height is 5 feet and 7 inches or below. On the other hand, you are regarded as tall if you stand 5 feet and 11 inches or higher. In the US, standing 6 feet and 3 inches or higher is considered very tall.

Take note that the figures mentioned above are regarded as short, average, and tall for men who are living in the US. It only means that the figures are different in other areas on the planet. In order for you to know if your height is short, average or tall, it’s important to consider where you are living.

Men in the US are Actually Getting Taller and Taller

Experts confirm that in the US, men these days are taller than men from several years ago.

So, in other words, if you and your ancestors have been born and raised in the US, it’s very much likely for you to be taller than your male relatives in the yesteryears. That’s definitely a confidence booster if you’re not happy with your height!

According to a study, back in 1863, the average height of US soldiers in the Civil War was only 5 feet and 6 inches.

If you think that’s short, wait until you learn the fact that the Pilgrim Fathers who established the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620 stood 5 feet and 5 inches only!

The good news is that it’s quite obvious that the average height of men in the US tends to get better and better as time passes by. For instance, during World War II, US Army recruits averaged 5 feet and 7 inches.

The bottom line is men in the US today are generally taller than men in the US back then. So will men in the US in the future will be taller than you? Most likely!

Scientists agree that this is a tendency because of several factors, and below you will come across them — so don’t stop reading now!

Better Nutritional Intake is One of the Reasons

Based on the details mentioned above, it’s apparent that these days men in the US are taller than their ancestors from many years ago. Experts agree that there are a couple of reasons why this is the case.

First, they believe that it all boils down to improved nutritional intake. Some of the most nutritious foods on the planet are so easy to access these days.

If you want to get your hands on products that are packed with calcium, which is important for bone growth and strength, you simply have to step foot inside the nearest supermarket and head straight to the dairy products section.

There is no need for you to head to distant farms and bazaars just for you to be able to serve calcium-rich foods on the table.

Then there are also lots and lots of food products that are fortified with nutrients. By adding them to the diet on a regular basis, the body is supplied with the macro and micronutrients it needs for proper functioning and development, and optimum height increase is included.

By the way, today, there are also tons of supplements available!

Another Reason is Improved Prevention of Diseases

Did you know that there are many diseases that are almost eradicated by modern medicine? Some examples of them include polio, mumps, and rubella.

The absence of certain diseases, according to experts, is another reason why people, in general, are taller these days compared to people several years ago.

Thanks to improved prevention of various diseases, children are able to grow up healthy. This makes it possible for them to reach their maximum height potential as soon as their teenage years are over.

Otherwise, the presence of health-related issues could keep them from developing very well — the proper growth and development of the bones of kids, for instance, maybe hampered by the presence of certain diseases.

Thanks to vaccinations as well as innovative medical examinations and devices, staying in the pink of health has never been this easy!

However, it doesn’t mean that just because there’s an abundance of healthy foods and disease-prevention measures, all men on the face of the planet can impress with their average and above-average height. Outside of the US, what’s regarded as short, average, and tall is entirely different.

Different Countries Have Different Average Men’s Height

Earlier, it was mentioned that the average height for men is 5 feet and 9 inches. What’s regarded as short is 5 feet and 7 inches or below, and what’s considered as tall is 5 feet and 11 inches or higher. It was also mentioned that men who stand 6 feet and 3 inches and higher are regarded as very tall.

It’s important to note that these apply to men in the US. So, in other words, in other countries, what’s regarded as average, short, and tall are completely different (https://www.healthline.com/health/average-height-for-men#international-heights). Let’s take a quick look at what is considered as average height in men outside of the US:

CountryAverage Height
Netherlands6 feet
Germany5 feet and 11 inches
Australia5 feet and 11 inches
UK5 feet and 10 inches
Canada5 feet and 10 inches
Jamaica5 feet and 9 inches
Brazil5 feet and 8 inches
Iran5 feet and 8 inches
China5 feet and 8 inches
Japan5 feet and 7 inches
Mexico5 feet and 7 inches
Peru5 feet and 6 inches
India5 feet and 5 inches
Philippines5 feet and 4 inches

Clearly, the average height of men tends to differ tremendously from one country to the other.

If in the US, your height is regarded as short, flying to a different country where the average height of men is similar to your height will undoubtedly make you one of those with average height — you will become a taller guy without doing anything!


In the US, what’s regarded as average height in men is not really that tall. You may find it surprising that a lot of women are happy if the men they are dating or marrying stands 5 feet and 9 inches or a couple of inches shorter or taller.

So if you are 5 feet and 8 inches tall, congratulate yourself as many women find your height desirable. Again, this is according to US standards.

Worry not if you feel that your height is inadequate for most women. That’s because you are not alone.

Did you know that in the US, it is said that 86% of men are unable to meet the standard of most women when it comes to height?

The good news is that there are many different ways for you to have your height increased. For instance, there are certain types of exercises that you may do or specific foods that you may load upon.

Something as simple as maintaining good posture is also enough to make you look taller.

Don’t forget the fact that height is not the only thing that women look for in men — sense of humor, honesty, sensitivity, and stability matter as well.

Related Questions

What percent of men are 6 feet tall and higher? In the US, surprisingly, only 14.5% of men are 6 feet and taller.

Is there such a thing as a healthy height? Based on a study, men who are 5 feet and 11 inches tall and higher are 60% less likely to end up with Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

What’s Next?

If you are looking for my story and want to know how I got taller, I recommend checking the my article:

How I Grew 3 Inches Taller

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Hi, I am Greg. In 6 months I was able to grow by 3 inches. I was 5″7', and now I am 5″10′!

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