Average Australian Male Height
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The Average Australian Male Height

The average Australian male height is 175.6 cm (5’8′) for those aged over the age of 18. As a nation the average male height has grown over the last 17 years. Since 1995 the increase in average height for a man has been 0.8 cm’s. One interesting point, when we get older we shrink in size. I’m still waiting on the latest ABS studies to find out the average height of men in the latest 2017 survey.

Whilst this may not be news to many, the amount that we shrink in size is quite amazing.  The average male height over the age of 75 is 169.7 cm’s, a whopping 8.1 cm’s shorter than the average height of those ages between 18-24 years of age. That  is a reduction of 5% of our height over a 50 year period.

What factors influence the average Australian male height?

When it comes down to it, the most influential factor when it comes to your height is simply our genes. How much do genes play a part? A massive part, 90% will come down to basically how tall your family background is. There are factors such as malnutrition and getting extremely ill during your development years that can negate your growth but most of the time, if you’re feeling inadequate in size, you can blame your parents for that.

How does the average Australian male height compare to around the world?

The disparity of average heights around the world are quite interesting. The tallest humans on the world today are considered to be the Nilotic people of Sudan. Men within many of their communities have an astounding average height of 190 cm’s (6’3). Where as the shortest men in the world are from our neighbours in Indonesia with an average height of 158 cm’s (5’2). Nations which have a similar average height to Australia are:

  • Scotland – 175 cm
  • Canada – 175.1 cm
  • Bulgaria – 175.2 cm
  • Malta – 175.2 cm
  • Spain – 175.3 cm
  • United Kingdom – 175.3 cm
  • Germany – 175.4 cm
  • Switzerland – 175.4 cm
  • France – 175.6 cm
  • United States 175.7 cm

How tall do women want their men to be?

The ideal height for a man for most women is 5’11”. Any shorter than 5’3″ is way too short and that’s already fairly short for a bloke. On the tall side, anything over the height of 6’3″ is considered to tall. Whilst there are a whole bunch of liars out there and 10% of both men and women say that there is no such things as too tall, while 4% of women and 7% of men say there is no such things as a partner who is to short.

How does your height impact your life?

There are several things that your height can influence life as a man. Most of this list concentrates on the advantages of being tall because well, there doesn’t seem to be much advantage to being a short man. The fact is, short men can be treated unfairly because of their height, which can explain the final point on this list.

  • First and foremost there is attraction of partners.  It’s been noted that women find taller men more attractive. But just like men’s expectations they are unrealistic, it’s basic supply and demand.
  • If you are thinking about a sporting career, typically, taller people are elite athletes in sports such as Tennis, Basketball and Football.
  • You typically need to be over 5’11 if you want to be a model.
  • Tall people apparently have a greater spatial awareness.
  • Being taller can allow you to have a better job and increase your average earnings.
  • The shorter you are, the more likely you are to commit violent crime. For every 10 cm’s of height reduces risk of committing a crime by 7%.

Why do we shrink in height the older we get?

The major reason to losing height as we age is due to the discs between our vertebrae in our spine become dehydrated and then they compress. As we get older our spines can also become curved and our vertebrae can also collapse due to the reduction in bone density. This loss of bone density is know as osteoporosis. The other major factor to becoming shorter is the loss of muscle in our torso area leading to our posture becoming stooped. Lastly even the the flattening of our feet can also lead us to become shorter.


Information Resources

ABS: Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13

The Conversation: You’re not Barbie and I’m not GI Joe, so what is a normal body?

Business Insider: Here’s what the ‘ideal’ body for men and women looks like

Mamamia: The long and the short of it: tall men are sexier.

Business Insider: Female Standards Of Male Attractiveness Are Way Unrealistic

Herald Sun: Size matters at AFL level

All My Friends are Models: GUYS, SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER

NCBI: Are inequalities in height narrowing? Comparing effects of social class on height in two generations

NCBI: Association of height and violent criminality: results from a Swedish total population study.

Wikipedia: List of average human height worldwide

Disabled World: Height Chart of Men and Women in Different Countries

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