Average Height By State 2019

Which US state is the tallest?

The average height in the United States is 5 feet 4 inches (162.56 centimeters) for women and 5 feet 9 inches (175.26 centimeters) for men. This makes the United States the 40th tallest nation in the world.

Multiple factors contribute to one’s overall height. Genetics account for 60-80% of one’s height and nutrition and exercise account for the remaining percentage. Childhood nutrition is believed to be a large factor in adult height. Race plays a large role in average heights in populations. White men (average height of 5 feet 10 inches) and black men (5 feet 9 inches) tend to be taller than Asian (5 feet 7 inches) and Hispanic (5 feet 7 inches) men. Alabama is one of the tallest states in the US and has a population that is 96% black or white.

To determine the average height in each of the 50 states, information as pulled from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This is an annual survey of more than 450,000 people conducted by the CDC to gather data about health and wellness in the United States, including health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and the use of preventative services. The BRFSS tracks weight and obesity, healthy eating, physical activity, and height.

The tallest states based on average height for men and based on average height for women are different. The tallest women tend to be clustered in the northern plains states with the tallest living in South Dakota. The tallest men live in Iowa and Alabama.

The tallest states in the United States based on the average height for men (179 centimeters or above) are:

The tallest states in the United States based on the average height for women (164 centimeters or above) are:

  • District of Columbia

  • Iowa

  • Minnesota

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • North Dakota

  • Oregon

  • South Dakota

  • Utah

  • Wyoming

    Hawaii has the shortest average height among both men and women. This can be attributed to the race factor previously mentioned. Hawaii’s population is less than one-third black or white.

Below is a table of each state’s average height for men and women. The data is self-reported, therefore heights tend to be over-reported about 2.7 centimeters for men (1 inch) and about 1.5 centimeters for women.

* Data is self-reported, so it is not 100% correct. In 2016, men self-reported their heights an average of 2.3 centimeters, or nearly a full inch, above what their actual measurements showed. Women over-reported their height too, by about 1.5 centimeters.
State Men Average Height (cm) Men Average Height (imperial) Women Average Height (cm) Women Average Height (imperial) 2019 Pop.
Alabama179 or more5′10.75 or more163–1645′4.17–5′4.574,898,246
Arizona177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.177,275,070
CaliforniaUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.1739,747,267
Connecticut177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.173,567,871
District of Columbia177–1795′10–5′10.75164 or more5′4.57 or more711,571
Florida177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.1721,646,155
HawaiiUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.171,416,589
Iowa179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more3,167,997
Kentucky179 or more5′10.75 or more163–1645′4.17–5′4.574,484,047
Massachusetts177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.176,939,373
Minnesota177–1795′10–5′10.75164 or more5′4.57 or more5,655,925
Montana179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more1,074,532
Nebraska179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more1,940,919
NevadaUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.173,087,025
New Hampshire177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.171,363,852
New JerseyUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.178,922,547
New MexicoUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.172,096,034
New YorkUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.1719,491,339
North Carolina177–1795′10–5′10.75163–1645′4.17–5′4.5710,497,741
North Dakota179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more760,900
Oregon177–1795′10–5′10.75164 or more5′4.57 or more4,245,901
Pennsylvania177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.1712,813,969
Rhode Island177–1795′10–5′10.75Up to 163Up to 5′4.171,056,738
South Carolina177–1795′10–5′10.75163–1645′4.17–5′4.575,147,111
South Dakota179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more892,631
Tennessee179 or more5′10.75 or more163–1645′4.17–5′4.576,833,793
TexasUp to 177Up to 5′10Up to 163Up to 5′4.1729,087,070
Utah179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more3,221,610
West Virginia179 or more5′10.75 or moreUp to 163Up to 5′4.171,791,951
Wyoming179 or more5′10.75 or more164 or more5′4.57 or more572,381