The Average Height in Latin America 2022

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Latin America contains 8.37 percent of the global population, which is a huge amount overall. From Argentine’s beautiful Tango to Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer, South America is such a culturally and historically rich place. When it comes to the average height in Latin America, statistics are much different from Europe’s and North America’s. The average height in South America has increased over the years, let’s read the rest of the article to find out how much increase are we talking about and how tall Latin Americans are compared to the other parts of the world. 

The Average Height in South America

According to the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), over the forty years, there is a 3 cm increase in the average height for both women and men in Latin America. The average height for men in Latin America is 5 feet 7.3 inches (171 cm) and the average height for women in Latin America is 5 feet 2.2 inches (158 cm). Better health conditions and increased nutrients in the foods might have affected this height increase. Although Latin Americans seem to be getting taller, both Latin American men’s and women’s average height isn’t higher than the World’s average. However, the reason why the country still has a lower average height compared to the other countries except Asia is because of genetics. 

The shortest male average height in Europe is 5 feet 6.7 inches (172.9 cm), which is still taller than Latin America’s average male height. Even some of the shortest countries in the world are Latin American countries.

The Average Height in Colombia and Brazil

Brazil is the most populated country in Latin America, followed by Mexico. Both Colombia and Brazil have middle-income developing economies, which of course affects the lifestyle of the Colombians and Brazilians. 

 


The average male height in Brazil is 5 feet 7 inches (170.7 cm) and the average female height in Brazil is 5 feet 2 inches (158.8 cm).            
It is an interesting fact that the average height in Brazil changes from rural areas to urban areas. In urban areas of Brazil, the average male height is 5 feet 8 inches (173.5 cm), while in rural areas, the average is 5 feet 7 inches (170.9 cm). This shows that living standards do affect the development of people.            
There is no known difference in the average height of rural and urban areas of Colombia. The average male height in Colombia is 5 feet 6.3 inches (171.8 cm) and the average female height is 5 feet 1.8 inches (157.9 cm). 

Even though Mexico is not considered to be a part of South America, we would still like to mention its height average. The average male height in Mexico is 5 feet 5.5 inches (170.2 cm) and the average female height in Mexico is 5 feet 1.8 inches (157.9 cm).

The Shortest Countries in the World that are in South America

As we’ve mentioned before, some of the shortest countries are in South America. Bolivia, which is in West-central South America, has the second-shortest average height in the world. For women, the average height is 4 feet 10 inches (149 cm), and for men, it is 5 feet 4 inches (162 cm).

Ecuador, another country that is located in South America, has the seventh shortest average height in the world. The average male height is 5 feet 6 inches (167.1 cm) and the average female height is 5 feet (154.2 cm).

Lastly, the tenth shortest average height in the world belongs to Peru. The average male height is 5 feet 4.7 inches (166 cm) and the average female height is 5 feet (154.3 cm).

If you would like to compare your height to the shortest person in the world and much more, you can use our Height Comparison Tool.

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