Statistics on the Average Height for a Woman

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The average height for adult women varies around the world. In the United States, the average woman is a little under 5 feet 4 inches tall at 63.5 inches. This data is reported by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which was conducted from 2015 to 2018 and reported January 2021.

The NHANES records a variety of data on U.S. women in addition to height, such as mean weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference. It even reports measurements on certain body parts, some of which include the length of the upper arm and upper leg.

Average Female Height in the U.S.

The average height of women in the U.S. has some variation by ethnicity. The 2015—2018 NHANES reports the mean heights for women in five different ethnic categories.

Women's Height by Ethnicity in the U.S.
  Ethnicity Mean Height in Inches  Mean Height in Centimeters
 Non-Hispanic White  63.9 in (5 ft 3.9 in) 162.4 cm
 Non-Hispanic Black  64 in (5 ft 4 in) 162.5 cm
 Non-Hispanic Asian  61.5 in (5 ft 1.5 in) 156.3 cm
 Hispanic  62 in (5 ft 2 in) 157.5 cm
 Mexican American  61.7 in (5 ft 1.7 in) 156.8 cm

Height Changes Over Time

Getting an idea of how the height of women has changed over the years requires looking at earlier surveys. For instance, in the early 1900s, it was reported that women between the ages of 20 and 29 had an average height of 62.4 inches.

There have been substantial changes since then, mainly that women are getting taller. As an example, by 1955, the average height for women was recorded as 64.3 inches, almost two full inches taller than 50 years before.

There is some question about the accuracy of historic surveys as they were done while the subjects were wearing shoes. Since the 1960s, measurements have been taken without shoes, seemingly making them more accurate.

Will women keep growing taller over time? It's not likely. Better health and nutrition, which is credited with a big part of the past growth spurt, can only go so far. In fact, many experts think that the height potential may have maxed out already.

Immigration also has an influence on changes in height over time in a specific region as people from areas with lower height averages enter the population.

Average Female Height Worldwide

Our World Data offers a list of mean heights for women from a variety of countries and reports that the average height for women globally is 63 inches (5 feet 3 inches).

This table shares a few of the mean heights reported for females in a handful of countries. As you will notice, there is a wide variance in mean female height depending on what country she is from.

Mean Female Height by Country
  Country Mean Height in Inches    Mean Height in Centimeters
 Argentina 62.7 in (5 ft 2.7 in) 159.2 cm
 Australia 65.3 in (5 ft 5.3 in) 165.9 cm
 Bermuda 63.3 in (5 ft 3.3 in) 160.7 cm
 China 62.9 in (5 ft 2.9 in) 159.7 cm
 Ethiopia 61.3 in (5 ft 1.3 in) 155.7 cm
 India 60.1 in (5 ft 0.1 in) 152.6 cm
 Mexico 61.8 in (5 ft 1.8 in) 156.9 cm
Nigeria 61.5 in (5 ft 1.5 in) 156.3 cm
North Korea 62.6 in (5 ft 2.6 in) 159.0 cm
Russia 65.1 in (5 ft 5.1 in) 165.3 cm
South Asia 60.4 in (5 ft 0.4 in) 153.3 cm
United Kingdom 64.7 in (5 ft 4.7 in) 164.4 cm

Our World Data further reports that, like in the U.S., women's heights have increased over the past 100 years worldwide. In fact, some countries show gains in women's heights of more than 12 cm during this time, which is roughly 4.7 inches.

Average Height of Female Children and Teens

If you have a female child or teen, you may be wondering how their height compares to national averages. NHANES data separates mean height by age, providing information for children as young as 2 up to those who are 19 years old.

For example, the mean height of 2-year-old females is 35.4 inches. At 10 years old, the mean height rises to 56.3 inches. Female teens who are 14 years old have a mean height of 63.7 inches.

Your pediatrician can assess how your child compares to other children her age with growth charts. If you have any concerns, they can address those issues and provide guidance regarding your child's health.

A Word From Verywell

The average height of women is a way to monitor general health and living conditions for a population, but it is not the only factor to consider. Additionally, better nutrition and a supportive environment in infancy and childhood can give a child the best chance of reaching her natural height.

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