Height, Weight, Income: How Well Do You Know the Average American?


By: Maria Trimarchi

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About This Quiz

The average human brain weighs about three pounds, and our head, as adults, weighs about 10 to 11 pounds. The human stomach is capable of holding an entire 32-ounce Big Gulp (maybe not comfortably, but it will all fit.) You think you know your fellow humans, but take this quiz to see how well you really know your fellow Americans, inside and out.

You might know common facts, like the average life expectancy of men and women in the United States, or their average heights. But do you know much time the average American child spends in front of some sort of screen? Or what expense, other than rent, makes up the majority of household costs? You might know the percent of Americans who graduate from high school, but do you know which state has the highest high school graduation rate in the United States? It's true that fewer and fewer people are smoking these days, but the number is still large. Can you guess how big it is?

If you think you're a master of census information and population trivia, take this quiz to see how much you truly know!

How tall is the average American man?

According to statistics collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man stands just about 5'9" tall; It can depend a bit on your race. The average American woman is about 5'4" tall.


The average American man weighs 195 pounds. How much does the average American woman weigh?

The average American man weighs 195.7 pounds and has a waist circumference of 40 inches. The average American woman weighs 168.5 pounds, with a waist circumference of 38.1 inches.


What percentage of Americans with gym memberships never use them?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80 percent of American adults don't get enough exercise. Knowing that, it probably isn't much of surprise that many as 67 percent (just over two-thirds) of Americans who have a gym membership never actually use it.


How much money does the average American have in their savings account?

More than half of American adults, about 57 percent, have less than $1,000 saved. This number includes the 39 percent of Americans who have no savings at all. This is in stark contrast to the common financial advice that you should have between three and six months of expenses saved up at all times.


How many pounds of trash does each American throw away every day?

Americans generate about 258 million tons of trash, and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of waste. Per person, that's about 4.4 pounds of trash, and 1.5 pounds of recycled waste generated every day.


Which of these does the average U.S. adult spend the most money on?

Of these options, the average American spends the most money on transportation, about 15.8 percent of our funds. Following transportation costs, we spend 12.6 percent of our budget on food.


How much does the average American woman spend on cosmetics in a lifetime?

Over the course of a woman's lifetime, the average American woman spends up to $300,000 on cosmetics and beauty products for their face. This includes things like makeup and facial care products like serums and creams.


What are the median earnings for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64?

When you talk about income, it gets tricky because of age, gender and income brackets. But, among 35 to 64-year-old American workers (male and female,) the median earnings are about $52,000 annually.


How much credit card debt does the average American household carry?

It continues to climb, and, in total, has reached about $905 billion combined. Per household, the median credit card debt is $15,654. Add up all household debt, including mortgages, and the average American household owes $137,063, according to the Federal Reserve's latest numbers.


What time does the average American wake up in the morning?

Most American adults wake up between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. every day. The next most-common wake-up time is between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Rise and shine, morning glory!


How old is the average American man when he marries (for the first time?)

The median age of an American male when he marries (and this is only counting first marriages) is 29 years old. The median age for brides is pretty close, at 27 years old.


In the case of divorced couples (in a first marriage,) how many years do they stay married before divorcing?

Divorce rates differ depending on what state you live in. However, across the country, the average divorce happens eight years into a (first) marriage.


Which is the most popular alcoholic drink among American adults?

Roughly 40% of Americans over the age of 21 who drink alcohol report that they drink beer more often than other alcohol. About one-third prefer wine and about one-quarter drink liquor.


What percentage of Americans believe the moon landings were faked?

Some American adults, about 7 percent, believe that the moon landings never happened. They definitely did. Some believe photos have been doctored and question their validity. Other theories suggest moon rocks actually come from Antarctica (although geologists have proven otherwise.)


Out of the 24 hours in the day, how many hours does the average American with kids spend eating and drinking?

The average American ages 25 to 54 with kids spends only about one hour on an average work day eating and drinking. About 7.6 hours are spent sleeping and just two are used for leisure.


What percent of U.S. adults drink alcohol?

The average American (who drinks) averages a little more than four alcoholic beverages each week. As many as 66 percent of Americans, according to Gallup, consume alcoholic beverages, and 22 percent of those surveyed admitted to sometimes drinking too much.


How many American adults believe in ghosts?

About 45 percent of people admit they believe in ghosts or spirits, and of those who, 32 percent believe those ghosts are able to hurt the living. Interestingly, 30 percent would be open to living in a haunted house.


How many Americans believe antibiotics can treat the common cold?

As many as 87 percent of Americans correctly believe that antibiotics can effectively treat bacterial infections. But roughly 40 percent of Americans believe they'll also treat viral infections, such as the common cold or the flu, but they don't. Antibiotics only kill bacteria, not viruses.


How many American adults believe in reincarnation?

As many as 24 percent, just shy of one-quarter, of Americans believe in reincarnation, specifically, another person in a previous life (rather than perhaps an animal.)


How much sugar does the average American consume each year?

On average, American adults consume about 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. A single can of soda contains 10 teaspoons, which is about as much total sugar you should have in one day. Consuming that much sugar every day equals 130 pounds of sugar eaten, per person, every year.


What is the life expectancy for the average American man?

The life expectancy of the average American man is 76.4 years. Leading causes of death include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke.


What is the life expectancy for the average American woman?

The life expectancy for the average American female is 81.2 years. Leading causes of death for American women include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries.


How many American adults live in the same town they grew up in?

Almost four out of 10 (37 percent) Americans never moved away from their hometown, and 20 percent who did move out of their hometown stayed in-state. Those who stay are most likely to say it's because of family and community.


More Americans live in what state than any other?

Utah may be the fast-growing state in the U.S., but it's California, with more than 39 million residents as of 2019, that's the most populated.


What is the average mortgage debt for American homeowner?

The median home price is $225,300 as of January 2019. Detached, single-family homes are the most popular type across the U.S., and ranch-style homes are the most popular style in 34 of our 50 states. The amount of mortgage debt among average American homeowners, ranch-style or otherwise, is $201,811, as of January 2018.


How many Americans confuse the practice of astrology with the science of astronomy?

Astronomy is the study of everything that exists outside our planet's atmosphere, like the other planets and galaxies. The other, astrology, is a pseudo-science that believes those things outside out planet's atmosphere have influence over our behavior and our destiny. One out of five Americans say they don't know the difference between the two.


Almost half of Americans agree that having this many children is ideal?

Nearly half (48 percent) of American adults say that the ideal number of kids in a family is two. Since the late 1970s, the average family size has declined from more than three or four kids to an average of 2 (2.4, to be specific) children today.


How many Americans adults smoke cigarettes?

It's estimated that about 14 out of 100 American adults, or 14 percent, are smokers. That translates into about 34.3 million Americans who are 18 years old or older.


How many gallons of wine does the average American (who drinks wine) drink in a year?

According to the Wine Institute, the average American who drinks wine consumes almost three gallons (2.94 gallons) in a year. One bottle of wine is one-fifth of a gallon (750 ml),) which means a case (12 bottles) of wine adds up to 2.378 gallons; a little short, but close.


How many Americans have a high school diploma or GED?

Roughly 90 percent of American adults have either a high school diploma or GED. As of 2016, Nebraska had the highest graduation rate, with 93.7 percent of students graduating.


How many U.S. adults have a four-year college degree?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 33.4 percent of Americans age 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher. That means that 70% don't.


How many million Americans are self-employed?

Slightly fewer than 15 million (14.6 million) Americans are self-employed, which is about ten percent of the active workforce in the country.


How many steps does the average U.S. adult take in one day?

The average adult has a stride length of about 2.5 feet, which means if you're average, you need to take over 2,000 steps just to walk one mile. Every day, the average American spends between nine and 10 hours sitting. That adds up to too few steps, just 4,774 steps a day, which is less than the worldwide average, at 4,961 steps a day. For health, people should aim for 10,000 steps per day.


How much ice cream does the average American eat in a year?

The average American eats more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year, making the U.S. the biggest in ice cream consumer in the world. The bestselling flavor is vanilla, with 33 percent of the ice cream market. Chocolate comes in second.


How many hours a day does that average American kid spend in front of a screen?

Between TV, spending time on the computer, and video games, the average American kid spends more than 7 1/2 hours in front of a screen every day. Fast forward to the teenage years, and one-third of high school students play video games for at least 3 hours on an average school day.


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