January 9, 2007

Regional height differences

A reader writes:


The National Health Interview Survey measured the shoeless height of 33,531 American white men. These are the means by region:

Height in Inches
Midwest 70.26
South 70.15
West 69.96
Northeast 69.79


And the percent 6'1" or over:

South 19.8
Midwest 19.3
West 18.3
Northeast 13.6

The differences here are small, but this might be part of the reason for height differences between country and rock singers.


I wonder if the General Social Survey asks men in different regions how tall they are. Then we could find out which part of the country has the biggest liars.



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9 comments:

Drawbacks said...

BBC Journalist: Would you say you were good old boys? What are good old boys; what do good old boys do?
ZZ Top: Good old boys drive the fastest cars... Have the meanest dogs... the purtiest women... tell the biggest lies..

LInda said...

I assume they controlled for age with that, since we shrink about 1/16" every year after 30.

If one region was skewed age-wise, that would bias the results.

Linda said...

I'm just wondering which region ends up tallest at their peak height, before they start shrinking...

Anonymous said...

Can anyone give us a link to the source document for the above statistics. I was looking around the NCHS website and found a similar report giving heights and other anthropometric data for the US by age, region, race/ethnicity, education and income from 1976. Is there a report summarizing the current data?

Thanks

Half Sigma said...

The National Health Interview Survey is an interview and the heights are self reported, not measured by a healthcare professional. I've proven that men are lying on that.

The NHANES III is what you want to use to determine heights and weights.

Thursday said...

Some people take this height thing a little too seriously. Reihan reports that somebody got shot arguing over how tall recently deceased soul singer James Brown was. I looked up how tall the rockers and country guys are and Agnostic looked up how tall pretty boys and rappers are. Does anyone want to look up R&B singers?

Anonymous said...

The real stand-out number is the samll percentage northeastern men who are very tall. What gives?

agnostic said...

The real stand-out number is the samll percentage northeastern men who are very tall. What gives?

NE areas are more densely populated and more urban, so perhaps they're more assaulted by germs than those growing up in Montana. Effort spent on cleaning house is effort not spent on growing taller.

Linda said...

"The real stand-out number is the samll percentage northeastern men who are very tall. What gives?"

Higher percent of Italians and Jews among whites?