How tall is Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter's Height

5ft 9 (175.3 cm)

American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States, holding office from 1977 to 1981.

How tall is Jimmy Carter
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Average Guess (67 Votes)
5ft 9.34in (176.1cm)
John ?? Sulu said on 22/Apr/24
Hey Rob, how come this listing got updated back to his peak height, even though he is still alive?
Editor Rob
Out the limelight now
Gerald S said on 21/Apr/24
Rob, any chance you can add all US Presidents to Politicians tag?
Editor Rob
I'll have to go through and find missing ones.
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Dec/23
Poor Jimmy - I had no idea he was in a hospice. I hope he’s made to feel as comfortable as possible.
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Dec/23
@MJKoP - Hello Adam! I remember that you wrote me a lovely comment around a year ago regarding animals. I cannot find it for the life of me, so I’ll do my best to recollect what you wrote.

Yes, I do love feeding all God’s creatures, be they the foxes in my gardens or my own beautiful cats. In September, my friend was in hospital for a whole month and it was too much for her boyfriend to go to the shops and buy cat food, feed the cats and see his girlfriend all in one day. They asked me to look after the quartet of young cats, two of whom are tortoiseshell and the other two, black and white and ginger and white sisters. (All tortoiseshell cats are girls and if they aren’t, they are infertile, being ‘freaks of nature’; I’d have one though!)

The four cats have settled in well, and I’m to keep them now, which I’m only too happy to do. As well as the joy of taking on these cats, I lost some cats within the past 10 months. When I came out of hospital in December, after a fall, my lovely white cat, Erramius, was dead, and then later, I lost ginger tomcat, Pixie. I’ve been in hospital four times this year after falling over, but I’ve had far more falls than that. It’s only my brother who calls the ambulances, apart from one time when I fell downstairs - twice! I phoned my doctor who called an ambulance.

It’s always nice to meet the patients and staff in hospital, but not at all a pleasing arrival to return home to find Cordercelia and Melazier had gone too. The door was wide open and there were flies in every room, (courtesy of my brother) so I had to chase them with the fly spray. I have an intense disliking for flies - yuck!

I will shortly open the cats’ new Sheba and make the foxes some sandwiches. Yesterday, the cats had mackerel and tuna fillets and they loved them! I feed the foxes biscuits and the other day, a huge magpie swooped down and carried one off in his mouth. It looked so funny!

Well, we have another Christmas upon us. This is my favourite time of the year. I hope yours is a good one for you and all your loved ones. 🎄🐈🎁😄👌🏼

Mr Carter gets 5ft9.25.
MJKoP said on 30/Nov/23
Rpb: The man is 99 and has been in hospice care since February. I think it's time to give him his peak height back(as you did with Willis).
Slim1.75m said on 30/Nov/23
@Rob maybe Carter should have peak/current removed sense he really not in public eye anymore.
Editor Rob
Yes it's wise to update it.
oren metser said on 11/May/23
I'd guess him as almost 5'10(1.77m) in his prime , 1.74m or 5'8.5 today
Gerald S said on 24/Mar/23
Rob, how tall do you think Carter is today? 5’7” still?
Editor Rob
Might be under it now, not looked at anything for a few years though.
Sinclair said on 12/Dec/22
Rob, in all fairness, Sly is notorious for his bulky footwear habits so I would have fully expected Sly to seem taller than Carter.
Sinclair said on 11/Sep/22
Rob, could Carter get 5’9.25” peak?
Editor Rob
The other week I'd saw a series of photos of Jimmy meeting Stallone in the Whitehouse and he was shorter than Sly!
T.M. said on 22/Nov/21
5'7'' is maybe a little cruel. 5'9 3/8 peak height. 5'7.5'' now aged 97.
Sinclair said on 14/Aug/21
Rob, how tall would you say Henry Kissinger was at peak?

As Jimmy Carter and Mikhail Gorbachev generally look taller than Kissinger and Helmut Schmidt was about the same height as Kissinger in photos, I would go with 5’8”.
Editor Rob
that 5ft 8 range looked possible in the 70's
Tunman said on 28/May/21
The question is whether Nixon was really 5'10.5 by the time he was 63.Since Ford was measured 2 hours out of bed at 6' then he's no more than 5'11 5/8 or 182.I thought Nixon looked no more than 5'10 next to him which in turn makes Carter a legit 5'9
Sinclair said on 26/May/21
Rob, how tall would you say Helmut Schmidt was at peak?

Schmidt really looked close in height to Henry Kissinger in photos and was only about 3 centimetres shorter than Carter. I would go with the full 5’8” for Schmidt and maybe a fraction over 5’8” for Kissinger.
Editor Rob
5ft 8 range seems likely as he did look an inch or so shorter than Jimmy
Sinclair said on 27/Apr/21
Rob, how tall would you say Kenneth Kaunda was at peak?

I would say 5’10”, maybe a full inch over Carter. Nelson Mandela seemed to have approximately 2 inches on Kaunda.
Editor Rob
5ft 10 could be a fair shout seeing as he seemed taller than Jimmy
Spooner said on 20/Apr/21
@Sinclair I read an article about him that said he was 5'11 1/2 , I don't know if there's any truth to that though
Rich Paul said on 22/Mar/21
I doubt he was ever more than 5-8.
Sinclair said on 20/Mar/21
Rob, how tall would you say Carter’s Vice President, Walter Mondale, was at peak?
Editor Rob
could seem a couple of inches taller than Carter
Almost 180cm guy said on 18/Dec/20
I decided to write one more comment here. In the 70's Carter really could have been over 5ft 9. Here are a few more of his photos alongside Queen Elizabeth II from 1977: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
Although it's hard for me to judge the difference in height between him and the Nixon because in some photos it was clear and in others it was slight. Here are some of their joint photos from 1978: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
I would say 5ft 9.25 (176 cm) is a fair estimate for his peak height but 5ft 9.5 is not impossible. Rob, what do you say?
Editor Rob
in some photos I could see Carter a strong 5ft 9, but that's about it...Ford was around 6ft after a couple of hours of being up.
MrFish said on 10/Dec/20
Rob, given your listing for Nixon, would you say that it’s possible Carter could have dipped under 5ft 9in at his peak? To me, he generally looks no less than 1.5 inches shorter than Nixon.
Editor Rob
maybe he could have fallen just shy of the mark.
Height_Guesser said on 7/Dec/20
I think Carter peak was just below the 5' 10" mark at like 5' 9.75". He looked 2 inches shorter than Ford, about half inch or so shorter than Nixon, and 2 inches shorter than Reagan. Now at the age of 96 I believe he has lost 3 inches and now stands a little below 5' 7".
Stretch said on 4/Dec/20
Jimmy Carter in the 1970s was at least 5'9". There is a 1978 photo of Carter with 5'7" Dennis Kucinich-- then sarcastically described by some as the "Munchkin Mayor" of Cleveland-- with the former President looking down at the then-youthful looking politician, a full two-inches taller than he.
GTB172cm said on 10/Nov/20
A weak 5’7 no more
Almost 180cm guy said on 2/Nov/20
Perhaps Carter is a little less than 5ft 7 today, but I don't see him as low as a flat 5ft 6 yet. But if we go back to the 70's, Carter may have really been over 5ft 9. In his photos alongside Queen Elizabeth II from 1977 Carter seemed much taller than her even though Queen wore high heels: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
And in this photo from 1976, Carter looked taller than James Brown even though Brown had thick hair and boots with high heels: Click Here
Today, when Carter is 96, he probably lost a little more than just two inches. Rob, don't you think 5ft 9.5 or 5ft 9.25 might be better for his peak height?
Sinclair said on 1/Oct/20
Happy 96th birthday, Jimmy Carter. I would agree with 5'9.5" for Carter's peak height, he could have been a fraction under 5'9.5" by the time he was President of the United States.
Pauly Montgomery said on 12/Sep/20
I would say when he was young 5’10 as he got old 5’7.5 - 5’8 area.
vastlybetter566 said on 30/Aug/20
He looks to be about the same height as 5'6 1/2 Bob Dylan (or shorter) in this, about 5 years old, pic.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/20
Strong 5ft9 at least
Meltdown said on 4/Jul/20
You lose an inch by late 50s, a second inch by mid 70s, a third inch by mid 80s. If Carter was 5'9 in his prime, he's not much taller than 5'6 in his 90s.
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"
Rick1 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...

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MIKESOWELL said on 4/Mar/19
Rob, you've got to create a page for Richard Nixon.
Editor Rob
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".
Editor Rob
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 he must have had one of those big spurts.
haxxx 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.

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What is weird, is that this was taken in 1982, and Reagan looks surprisingly shorter than 6 ft Ford.
Paul 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
5'9.25" peak
5'7.25" now
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.
Charles said on 8/Aug/16
If Carter was indeed 5'8 Nixon's 5'11 listing looks untenable.

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MrFish 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.
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.
Frank2 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 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 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
EJ said on 13/May/05
He really looks 5'7" today, at most.

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