How Much Do You Actually Know About the Average Man?


By: Monica Lee

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Sure, every guy wants to know if he is average, or better yet, above average when it comes to height, weight, intelligence and earning income. But in this quiz, you'll learn even more than that. Things like how does an average father feel about parenting. And how many times does the average Joe lie to people in a day? (No shame here, we all do it.)

And even when it comes to biological differences between the sexes, some physical things will now make more sense.  Like why men have bigger noses (more oxygen is needed to fuel the higher muscle mass in men, so bigger nostrils are required.) You'll also find out how many books an average avid male reader will consume in a year. And whether the average guy is circumcised at birth.

Of course, all the regular stats are there for your consumption -- from average shoe size to average lifespan. After you read all the demographics, you'll end up with a snapshot of the man on the street. Whether you call him Joe Blow, Joe Schmo or the common man, you can't compare yourself unless you take the quiz. So go on, see how above average you really are!

What is the height of the average man in the U.S.?

In 2018, the average American man's height is 5' 9". A century ago, the average American man was 67 inches, or approximately 5'6".


What is the average lifespan of Mr. Normal?

If you're planning to retire at 62, you'll have almost 17 years of retirement. So plan well, or work longer. Men are expected to live up to 79 years old.


How many ribs does the average man have?

If you counted your own to answer this question, don't worry if you have 11 or 13, you'll do just fine. However, the average man has 12 ribs.


How about those feet? What size does the average man walk on?

The average man in America walks around in size nine shoes. Feet do get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.


If the average man is also a father, how important is parenting to them?

As dads, the average man sees parenting as central to their identity. Some 57 percent of fathers said this in a 2015 survey.


How heavy is today's average man?

In the U.S., obesity is a problem with over 30-40 percent of people qualifying as obese, hence the average weight of a person might be higher than what's optimally healthy.


Not just on the average man's head, but his entire body ... how many hairs will you find?

A man has an average of 100,000 hairs on his body. It seems incredible, but it's true!


Do you ever feel like there are more men than women? What's the actual ratio between the two in the U.S.?

Actually there are more women than men in this country. In 2015, the male to female ratio was 97.9 males per 100 females.


What's the average age for men to marry?

There are just a few years difference between men and women. The average age of first marriage for women in 2017 was 27.4 years. For men, it’s slightly older at 29.5 years.


How many hours a week does the average dad spend on caring for their kids?

Dads are much more involved in child care than they were 50 years ago. In 2015, fathers spent eight hours a week on child care – about triple the time they provided back in 1965.


What's the largest age group among the average man in the U.S. right now?

You hear about the graying of America, but actually in the male population, there are more 20-year-olds right now than any other single age group. The second largest single age group is 50-year-olds.


What is the average income for American men, according to a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics report?

These are the average incomes for American men at several different age groups, according to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics.


What percentage of men are colorblind?

There's a difference between men and women on this one. As many as 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women in America. Most men with red-green color blindness have Northern European ancestry.


What is the average head size for men?

For adults, the average man's head size is greater than 22.8 inches in men and greater than 22.4 inches in women.


What is bigger on an average man than an average woman?

Men have bigger heads, longer arms and longer legs than women, relative to body size. Sources differ on comparative limb length, but they all agree women have smaller, lighter heads and necks.


How many hours does the average man sleep on a work night?

The average man gets about 7 hours a sleep on a work night. How do you compare?


How many bones does the average man have in his hand?

There are 27 bones in all, with four bones in each finger, and seven bones in the wrist These bones, along with tendons and nerves, make it possible to do most anything with your hands.


When is the average man in the best shape of his life?

Age 23 is when the average guy is in the best shape of his life. Not to worry, you can be the exception to the rule.


How long does it take the average Joe to run a mile?

Not everyone can break the 4-minute mile. According to the average Joe takes 8 minutes and 34 seconds to run a mile.


What's the average ring size for men?

The most commonly purchased men's rings range between 8 to 10-½ with size 9 being the most popular size.


On average, how much more does a man earn than a woman?

According to data from the US Census Bureau, on average, a woman earns 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earns.


The average sedentary man burns how many calories?

The USDA reports that sedentary men burn approximately 2,000 to 2,600 calories each day. So to maintain your weight you shouldn't consume more than that number of calories daily if you don't exercise.


What is the normal blood pressure for the average guy?

Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 or below. Hypertension or high blood pressure is defined as 130/80 or higher.


What is the typical Body Mass Index, or BMI, for the average guy?

The typical adult American male is overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28.6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is a normal range and a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.


What's the most common cause of death for the average man?

The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease. The number of deaths per year is 633,842, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The average adult male has about how much more muscle mass than the average adult female?

The average adult male has about 50 percent more muscle mass and 50 percent less body fat than the average adult female.


If you're an average male in the U.S., are you circumcised at birth?

Approximately 56 percent of boy babies born in the U.S. are circumcised at birth. This is actually a decline of 20 percent since 1950.


Liar, liar pants on fire! How many times does the average Joe lie to people in a day?

A survey carried out by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2009 before the release of the TV series, "Lie to Me" revealed that the average man men lies to his colleagues, boss or partner 6 times a day. Usually the common lying phrase is “It’s OK. I’m fine.”


Where does the average man store his extra fat?

The average man stores fat between his organs and in the upper body, especially the abdomen. This creates the "beer gut" or “beer belly” in men.


As the average man ages, what will he have more difficulty hearing?

Men tend to have more difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds, whereas when women age they tend to have trouble hearing low-pitched sounds.


What is the average man better at than the average woman?

When if comes to being unfaithful, men are better at reading subtle clues in the relationship than women, according to a study in the Journal of Human Nature.


What is 10% larger on the average man than on the average woman?

Men have 10 percent larger noses than women. Which makes sense since men have larger muscle mass requiring more oxygen. And to get that oxygen, they need bigger nostrils.


Is the average man thin-skinned (literally, not figuratively)?

Men actually have thicker skin. They have a higher collagen density, which makes them look younger longer.


When it comes to female sexual partners, how many (the median) would the average guy in the U.S. admit to?

A survey by the federal government concluded that men had a median of seven female sex partners whereas women had a median of four male partners.


How many books does the average man, who is an avid reader, consume a year?

Among avid readers surveyed by the AP, the typical man reads five books in a year while the average women reads nine books.


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