Human height

distance from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head in a human body, standing erect

Human height is the height of a human body. Factors that influence human height are genetics, what people eat, the human body's natural chemicals, and being sick or healthy.[1]

Human height measurement

Over the last two millennia, human height, based on skeletal remains, has stayed fairly steady, oscillating around 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches). The global mean height of adult men born in 1996 was 171 cm, or 5 feet and 7.5 inches, while the global average height of adult women born in 1996 was 159 cm, or 5 foot and 3 inches.[2] In 2023, the average male height worldwide was approximately 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm), while globally, the average height for adult females was approximately 5 feet 7 inches (176 cm).[3] The average man is taller than the average woman: this is seen across all countries in the world.[4]

Men from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro have the tallest average height.[5][6]



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