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The average height for men is 5 foot, 10 inches. There’s more on the height and weight charts.

A common search ‘average height for men’, is more common than ‘average weight’. And ‘tall men’ is more searched than ‘short men’.

Megan Megan
I wish I was taller

Talking Moose
Talking Moose
Your wish is granted.

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Moose, you’ve got to stop.

Talking Moose
Talking Moose
Reminds me of a joke. It’s better to have loved a short girl and lost, than never to have loved a tall.


How tall are men? The national average height of men in America?

The average male American mens height is 177 cm, which is 69.7 inches, which is approximately 5 foot – 10 inches tall. (for white males*).

A height chart for men of "White" race/ethnicity*, showing average height changes with age.

mens height chart

(hint: 5 feet tall is 60 inches or 152 centimeters. 6 feet tall is 72 inches or 183 centimeters.)

Billy Billy
I don’t like charts, I don’t like arithmetic.

Megan Megan
Good thing you are tall then.

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
But it’s a valid point. Easier would be better. I have some ideas for moving crosshairs.


Men’s height after age 20 tends to remain the same until after age 50 years, then a gradual decline in height occurs. The thick red line in the middle of the chart shows the "median" (50th percentile) height of men.

Dr. Halls

Once you know your height percentile, you can visit the weight chart to see if it matches your height.

A Body Mass Index chart or calculator is basically weight for height. Perhaps you’d like to Calculate your Body Mass Index for men here, and compare it to the Mens BMI chart.

For a Weight Chart for Men of "White" race/ethnicity, click here. For male Height charts of other race/ethnic groups, choose:  White, Black, Hispanic, or Other. * The "Race-Ethnicity" categories.

The red lines show "percentiles".  The thick red line in the middle is the 50th percentile, which indicates that 50% of the population of Men have Height (or stature) taller than the line, and 50% are shorter.  Similarly, the lowest red line, the 5th percentile line, indicates the Height where only 5% of the male population is shorter.

The data source for this chart is the NHANES III survey, conducted in America during 1988 to 1994.

I made these charts myself, with the aid statistician John Hanson, from the real raw dataset of the NHANES III study. It was back in year 2000, when information like this was hard to get and very out-dated. Things have improved a lot since then, with lots of choices available now on the internet, but most of it is unreliable. That’s why I’ve kept this page going. I updated the styling in 2014.


Created by Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC and John Hanson, MSc. 

Talking Moose
Talking Moose
In case you missed it, the average height of men is 5 foot 10 inches.


Let’s do some Q&A… Fun!

  • What is the average weight for a guy who is 6’2″? It all depends on the frame size. For example if you are a small frame, the average weight would be between 155 lbs and 168 lbs, if you are a medium frame, the average weight would be somewhere between 165 and 178 lbs, and if you are a large frame, the average weight would be between 172 and 197 lbs.
  • What is the average weight for boys ages 16+? From age 16 and beyond, boys continue to grow a lot more rapidly than girls do. A 16 year old boy is on average 68 inches tall (5’6″) and weighs 134 pounds. From 18 +, boys are on average between 69 and 70 inches tall (5’7″ and 5’8″) and weigh somewhere between 148 and 160 pounds.
  • What is the average weight for men’s physique? There are a few physique competitors that weight around 200 pounds on stage. As a matter of fact, if you actually knew how much the typical physique competitors and body builders weigh on stage, you would be really surprised to know how light most of them actually tend to be. They look bigger because of how lean and cut they are, but their body weight is actually pretty low, believe it or not.
  • What is the average weight for males in Canada? The average weight of Canadian men is around 183 pounds. Furthermore, the height of men in Canada is 5’10”.

Did you click on any faces or find other surprises?


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