In the United States, the average height for a man, which includes men aged 20 years and older, is just over 69 inches, which translates to 5 feet 9 inches. Women, in contrast, have an average height of 5 feet 4 inches. Women also have smaller waist circumferences and weigh considerably less than men on average.
The average height of men in the U.S. is collected by data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which collects and distributes data in regular intervals. According to the CDC, the average weight for a man in the United States is slightly more than 195 pounds. The average waist size for a male is 39.7 inches. Average height is determined by taking height measurements of a large sample size of the population. The average size is also called the 50th percentile, and includes the median height of all men studied. For humans in the U.S. and around the world, height is considered a factor in determining the quality of overall health. In some people, genetic conditions and external factors, such as malnutrition and osteoporosis, prevent growth. Worldwide, having access to healthcare and adequate nutrition helps people grow to heights within the normal range.