Jimmy Carter's Height
5ft 7 (170.2 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 9 (175.3 cm)
American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States, holding office from 1977 to 1981.
By Official White House photographer [Public domain]
via Wikimedia Commons
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Average Guess (33 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.57in (176.7cm)
Current: 5ft 7.45in (171.3cm)
Nearly 180cm guy said on 27/Mar/20
@Rob: In the years 1976–1979 Carter was 52-55 years old so he could not lose anything noticeable yet. I hope you looked at his photos next to James Brown, Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. I saw in another comment that you once said that 5ft 9.5 in his prime is not impossible. I would really give him at least 176 cm. Rob, maybe at least 5ft 9.25?
Nearly 180cm guy
said on 26/Mar/20
Well, in the 70's Carter could be over 5ft 9 range. This is demonstrated, for example, by his photos from 1977 next to Queen Elizabeth II: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
In the first photo you can see her heels. She was only 51 at the time, so she could lose at most 1/4 inch, no more, and considering the difference in footwear, Carter could be about 6 inches taller than her. Later in 1979, Carter met Margaret Thatcher: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
These are photos from two events and on both Margaret she had big heels: Click Here Click Here
She could lose at most 1/2 inch at the age of 54 and if we consider her heels then Carter could be about 5 inches taller than her. Of course, both Queen and Margaret had much more hair than Carter. In addition, in 1976 Carter was photographed alongside James Brown: Click Here
Despite big heels and a lush hairstyle, Brown still seemed shorter than Carter. Rob, 5ft 9.5 or at least 5ft 9.25 seems better to him than flat 5ft 9. If any American president deserves an upgrade, either one of the Bush or Carter. I think giving him 1/2 or 1/4 inch over 5ft 9 in his prime would be more just.
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 1/Oct/19
PEAK HEIGHT - 5ft 8 3/4, looked like less than solid 5ft 9 back in Late 1970s and Early 1980s during his presidential years.
CURRENT HEIGHt - Less than 5ft 6 half...
As of Oct 2019, he is one of oldest living former US President we do know so far!!!! (COOLEST FACTS) Plus, Happy 95th Birthday to this former US Democrat President as well !!! 🎂🎁🎈🎉🕯🍰..
khaled taban said on 19/Sep/19
5'9" peak and current 5'7.5"
said on 23/Jun/19
If you look at this recent photo i think 5'7 as a current height is a little too low- i think 5'9.5 for peak and 5'8 for current. Interesting Bill Clinton who is listed as 6'0 looks the same as 6'1 Obama...
said on 4/Mar/19
Rob, you've got to create a page for Richard Nixon.
Well, he's a tricky guy...
Danimal 5'9 3/4
said on 9/Dec/18
How and why does he not have a current height listing Rob? The man is 94 years old and still makes MANY public appearances. He's lost dramatic height since his peak, which imo was at least 5'9.5".
5ft 9.5 peak isn't impossible, he looks like he isn't over 5ft 7 now.
Carter's sister once said he was only 5ft 3 when he went to college...so he must have had one of those big spurts.
said on 14/May/18
I believe this is correct. Here you can see him with 6 foot Gerald Ford, 5'11 Reagan, 5'10 Nixon.
What is weird, is that this was taken in 1982, and Reagan looks surprisingly shorter than 6 ft Ford.
said on 21/Sep/17
In this photo from 2013 Obama is leaning and Carter only barely reaches his nose. I'd place him at a weak 5'7 today. Click Here
As president, he did generally look of average height.
Slim said on 8/Sep/17
92 years old, needs a current and peak.
6'1.5 said on 5/Jun/17
John said on 18/Mar/17
5'9 peak, around 5'7.5 now. I mean, he is 92...
Frank R said on 28/Feb/17
In the 1970s Jimmy Carter looked taller than 5'9" because he was so thin and he had decent posture. I'm surprised that his peak height is so much shorter than 6 feet.
said on 8/Aug/16
If Carter was indeed 5'8 Nixon's 5'11 listing looks untenable.
Greg said on 4/Jul/16
Really, 5'9"? He looked noticeably shorter than his former nemesis Ted Kennedy and I don't think Ted Kennedy was any taller than 5'11" max
said on 28/Aug/15
Rob, do you still think he's 5 ft 9? He's pushing 91, most men are said to have lost 2 inches by 80.
[Editor Rob: no, he won't be that height anymore]
Guest123 said on 28/Jun/15
Carter is not exactly short—although admittedly, shorter than the average politician. Judging from pictures of him when he was in the Whitehouse with fellow dignitaries and preeminent politicians, he never looked any shorter than 5'9" tall—average for a man. I think 5'9.5" is a pretty accurate height for him. He potentially may have been closer to 5'10" when he was young.
Michael Sowell said on 30/Mar/15
It may be an angle thing with Carter and Nixon. I think a young Nixon was about 5-10.5 and the elder Nixon maybe 5-9.5. Carter was NEVER taller than 5-9.
Greg said on 13/Jul/14
Just been looking at some presidential pics from 1978, and he barely looks an inch shorter than Gerry Ford, and he's the same height or taller than Richard Nixon. That doesn't compute with 5'10" - I thought Gerald Ford was around 6' and Richard Nixon at least 5'11"? Unless he's wearing lifts in the pics, maybe an upgrade is needed, Rob?
Rey said on 23/Aug/13
He was always listed at 5'8"....
avi said on 8/Dec/11
no considering Bush sr. was about 6'2 and Clinton strong 6'1 still has 5 inches on him i'd say 5'8ish. even George Bush jr. is pushing 3 inches on him
Jim said on 7/Jan/09
He looks shorter than 5'9
ralf said on 7/Jan/09
saw him today with the other 4 presidents of the united states. in his eighties looks about 5'7"
Frank2 said on 4/Aug/08
Closer to 5'8".
Kevin Tuma said on 19/Dec/06
I'm 5'11", and I shook hands with Carter when I was a teenager, and observed him for several minutes close up in a room full of politicians. He couldn't have been any taller than 5'8". This was before Carter was inaugerated President, when he was still a relatively young man.
said on 10/May/06
Here's Carter with one of his heros, Hugo Chavez: Click Here
Maybe he forgot his lifts or Hugo wore huge shoes!
EJ said on 9/May/06
So is 5'9" his current or peak height then?
Glenn said on 8/May/06
5-9.5 in 1992.
Brandon said on 7/May/06
I just hope carter is 5'8 or less because being 5'10" he looks to short for comfort ya know what I mean.
Bob said on 23/Dec/05
met him last year. 5'8 1/2"
EJ said on 29/Nov/05
Are you sure? They all look about equally close to the camera. Also, doesn't Clinton look 3 inches taller than G.W. Bush?
[Editor Rob: honestly photos of them walking is harder to judge true differences...to me it looks like Carter is slightly further back, with Clinton maybe closer. Bush is on a stride whereas Clinton is on one foot as is carter.]
EJ said on 22/Nov/05
Rob, what do you make of this photo?
How can Carter be much over 5'7" in that photo?
[Editor Rob: Carter seems to be further away than the clinton and bush fellows]
EJ said on 16/Nov/05
What would you say the height difference is in that photo? 3 inches? You should put him down as 5'8" then
said on 19/Oct/05
no he's 5'10" the imdb says[Editor Rob: Jimmy and George. That's an advantageous angle for carter...]
EJ said on 13/May/05
He really looks 5'7" today, at most.