Five feet, nine inches, or 5’9, corresponds to 69 inches. Since one foot equals exactly 12 inches, five feet equals sixty inches. Add 9 inches to 60 to get a total of 69 inches. How does that height compare to yours? Here are few fascinating facts regarding heights.
Males in the United States have an average height of 5 feet, 9 inches
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a research in 2016 that revealed, among other things, that the average height of American men is 5 feet 9 inches. This information was obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey done by the CDC between 2011 and 2014. According to the same survey, the average height of American women is 5 feet 3 inches.
The 2018 publication of an additional study confirmed the CDC’s findings. This study also demonstrated that the average height of American males remained stable between 1991-2000 and 2015-2016. The study also indicated that the average height of non-Latino white guys is 5 feet 9 1/2 inches, whereas the average height of African American males is 5 feet 9 inches. In contrast, Latin Americans and Asian Americans are 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, respectively.
Equal in height to Americans
There are further nations where the average male height is 5 feet 9 inches. Included among these nations is Canada. Several European countries share the same average male height. Included in this group are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Bulgaria. Across the Pacific Ocean, Australian men are 5 feet 9 inches tall, whereas New Zealand men are 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.
Tallest Countries on Earth
The tallest men in the world are from the Netherlands, according to a 2016 global study. As of 2014, the study revealed that the average Dutch male is taller over 6 feet. According to the same study, Latvian women are the tallest in the world, with an average height of 5 feet, 7 inches.
People of note who are 5 feet and 9 inches tall
If you are 5 feet and 9 inches tall, you are in the company of renowned persons of like height. There are two geniuses among these renowned people: Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. Che Guevarra, Benjamin Franklin, and Leon Trotsky were all 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Pope Francis, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Jamie Foxx, Rudy Giuliani, and Boris Johnson are among the other well-known individuals that are or were 5 feet 9 inches tall.
History of the Inch and the Foot
The inch and foot are units of the English system that trace back to the Middle Ages in England. During the Anglo-Saxon period in England, which began in 450 A.D., both the inch and the foot were conventional units of measurement.
Even more intriguing is the fact that the inch (or “ynce”) at this time period measured three barleycorns, a unit of measurement that is astonishingly close to the present inch. During the Anglo-Saxon period, several foot units were also utilised, with one foot unit measuring 12 inches.
Normans who conquered England in 1066 exerted additional influence on the English system. The Normans, who possessed Norse, Viking, Frankish, and Gallo-Roman ancestry, brought length units such as the rod and furlong to the English system of measuring.
In addition to standardising the 12-inch foot, the Normans devised the 3-foot units that became known as the yard. Due to the fact that a yard has 36 inches, 5 feet and 9 inches is nearly 2 yards at 1.916 yards.