Five feet, 9 inches. or 5'9, is equivalent to 69 inches. Since 1 foot unit has exactly 12 inches, 5 feet equals 60 inches. Add 9 inches to 60, and you'll have 69 inches in total. How does that compare to your height? Here are a few interesting facts about heights.
The Average Height of American Males is 5 Feet, 9 Inches
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that showed, among other things, that the average height for males in the United States is 5 feet 9 inches. This data came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that the CDC conducted between the years 2011 and 2014. The same report showed that the average height for American females is 5 feet 3 inches.
Another study that was published in 2018 corroborated the report from the CDC. This study also showed that the height average height for American males remained consistent from 1991-2000 through 2015-2016. The study also revealed that the average non-Latin Americans white males are slightly taller at 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches while African American males stand 5 feet, 9 inches on average. Latin Americans and Asian Americans, on the other hand, stand 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches, respectively.
Standing as Tall as Americans
There are other countries where the average height for males is 5 feet, 9 inches. Among these countries include Canada. Several countries from Europe also have the same average height for men. These include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Bulgaria. Across the Pacific Ocean, Australian males stand 5 feet, 9 inches while New Zealand men stand slightly taller at 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches.
Tallest Countries in the World
A global study that was published in 2016 shows that the tallest men in the world come from the Netherlands. The study showed that as of 2014, the average Dutch males stand 6 feet or more. The same study revealed that women from Latvia, are the tallest in the world with an average height of 5 feet, 7 inches.
Famous People Who are 5 Feet, 9 Inches Tall
If you stand 5 feet, 9 inches tall, you are in the company of famous people who are as tall as you. These famous people include two geniuses, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein. Benjamin Franklin, Leon Trotsky, and Che Guevarra also stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Other famous personalities who are or were 5 feet, 9 inches tall include Pope Francis, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Jamie Foxx, Rudy Giuliani, and Boris Johnson.
History of Inch and Foot Measurements
The inch and foot measurements are units from the English system that date as far back as medieval England. During the Anglo-Saxon period in England in 450 A.D., both the inch and foot units were already standards of measurements.
What is even more interesting is that the inch (or "ynce") in this period measured three barleycorns, a unit of length that is so remarkably close to the modern-day inch. Several foot units were also used during the Anglo-Saxon era, with one of the foot units measuring 12 inches.
Other influences on the English system came from the Normans who invaded England in 1066. The Normans, who had Norse, Viking, Frankish, and Gallic-Roman ancestry, added to the English system measurement with length units such as the rod and furlong.
Apart from standardizing the 12-inch foot, the Normans likewise created the 3-foot units, which came to be known as the yard. Since a yard has 36 inches, 5 feet, 9 inches is almost 2 yards at 1.916 yards.