How Tall Is 20 Feet Compared To A Human?

How Tall Is 20 Feet Compared To A Human?

Last updated on March 13th, 2023 at 11:53 am

When you think of something that is 20 feet tall, it can be difficult to visualize it.

But when you compare 20 feet to something familiar to you like a human, that height becomes much clearer.

20 feet is equal to 240 inches or 6.09 meters.

How Tall Is 20 Feet Compared To A Human?

How tall is the average person?

The average height of all people around the world is 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches tall. 

Women tend to be smaller than men with an average height of 5 feet 3 inches tall (63 inches) and men are 5 feet 9 inches tall (69 inches). 

Many things contribute to the height of people like genetics, nutrition, activity, and birth location. 

man vs woman height difference

How does 20 feet compare to a human?

Now that we know the average height of a human is 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches, 20 feet or 240 inches is equal to about 3.63 times the height of the average person. 

This is an easy way to visualize how 20 feet actually compares to a human.

Looking at this a bit further, imagine 4 averaged sized females standing on top of each other’s shoulders or laying down in a row. 

4 females does not exactly equal 20 feet tall but it is close.

You could use the same method using 3 men since they are taller on average. 

Females are about 3.81 times smaller than 20 feet and men are about 3.47 times smaller. 

Females – 240 inches / 63 inches = 3.81

Males – 240 inches / 69 inches = 3.47

The average person measures 66 inches tall.

Tallest human in the world

According to the Guinness book of world records, the tallest person to ever live is Robert Wadlow who died in 1940 at only 22 years old.

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His height was 8 feet 11 inches or 107 inches tall. 

The tallest woman to ever live was Sandra Elaine Allen who died in 2008 at the age of 53.

Her height was 7 feet 7 inches or 89 inches tall.

Things that are 20 feet tall

The following items are around 20 feet tall with reference to the size of humans. 


When picturing the height of something, people often refer to a giraffe.

The world’s tallest giraffe is located in Australia and measures 18.8 feet tall which is just over a foot shorter than 20 feet.

An averaged size giraffe is between 14-18 feet tall. 

If you can picture 3 humans together in height, they will equal around the height of a giraffe.

3 humans equal height of giraffe

16 Bowling pins

Most people are familiar with a bowling pin. The standard sized bowling pin is 15 inches tall.

Placing 16 of these pins on top of each other would equal exactly 20 feet tall. 

20 feet = 240 inches

16 bowling pins x 15 inches = 240 inches

When compared to a human, 5 bowling pins equal 75 inches tall which is the same height as a 6 foot 2 inch tall person.

5 bowling pins equal human height

2 Basketball hoops

A basketball hoop used in a professional basketball game measures 10 feet tall.

Picturing 2 of these hoops will equal 20 feet tall.

When compared to a human, the height of a basketball hoop would equal 1.8 averaged sized person. 

10 feet = 120 inches

Average person = 5 foot 6 inches or 66 inches

120 / 66 = 1.8

Here are a few other things that are 10 feet long.

Other things that measure 20 feet long

A moving truck like a Uhaul can be used with a 20 foot length. This sized truck is large enough to move a 2 or 3 bedroom home. 

The largest snake in the world is a reticulated python which measures 6.25 meters or just over 20 feet in length. 

Also, a common size for an extension ladder is 20 feet tall.

These ladders have an adjustable length that is not self supporting to allow you to reach a higher object.

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