What is the average height and weight in the U.S.?

Someone asked me what the average female height and weight was the other day… and I thought it would be kind of fun to find out. So I did a little digging and got some numbers for you – not only for the average female height and weight, but for males, too.

The data I found are for adults ages 20 and over in the U.S. from 1999-2002.

Average height, weight, and waist circumference

Women:
Height (inches): 63.8 (or about 5’4″)
Weight (pounds): 163
Waist circumference (inches): 36.5

Men:
Height (inches): 69.3 (or about 5’9″)
Weight (pounds): 190
Waist circumference (inches): 39.0

So, there you have it. I never realized 5’4″ was the average height for women – I’m 5’4″ and I always think I’m short!

What do you think of these measurements? Did anything surprise you?

Source: Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults; U.S. Population, 1999-2002, Tables 17,19, 26, 30, 32, and 39

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