Historical median heights for various countries, 1818-2013

2014-06-23T02:30:45Z (GMT) by Randy Olson

Dutch, French, Italian (1818-1940): http://www.nber.org/chapters/c7435.pdf

Dutch (1955-2009): http://www.nature.com/pr/journal/v73/n3/pdf/pr2012189a.pdf

Swedish (1841-1952): http://pediatrisk-endokrinologi.no/2008/1/Werner_2008_1.pdf

Danish and Germans (1856-1980): http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~hatton/Tim_height_paper.pdf

Americans (1710-1980): http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/economic-history/changing-body-health-nutrition-and-human-development-western-world-1700

All 2013 heights: http://www.averageheight.co/average-male-height-by-country

Means and medians are not too different (rarely more than 1 cm difference) because within-country heights for specific gender are generally normally distributed.