Last updated on March 13th, 2023 at 11:53 am
A length or height of 50 feet is often used to describe distances or objects, but it can be hard to actually visualize 50 feet.
Comparing 50 feet to a human can help you get a better feel for what that distance actually is.
How tall are people on average?
Heights vary from person to person, and factors such as genetics, place of birth, and nutrition can affect how much people grow.
On average, however, women around the world are about 5 feet and 3 inches tall, while men average about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. This means that, on average, people around the world are about 5 feet and a half feet tall.
In the past, people around the world were, on average, shorter. The average height of a person has increased by almost 4 inches over the last 150 years.
Despite this, people around the world are actually shorter than the World Health Organization has predicted because height hasn’t continued to increase at the same rate. Instead, average heights seem to have leveled off.
Some countries around the world are known for having taller or shorter people, as well. The Netherlands has the tallest height average.
Women in the Netherlands average a height of 5 and a half feet, while men in that area have an average adult height of 6 feet. East Timor, on the other hand, has the shortest average height on the planet. Men and women in that country have an average height of just over 5 feet and 1 inch.
How does 50 feet compare to a human?
If most people are just over 5 feet tall, then 50 feet is just shy of 10 times taller than the average person. This is the simplest way to compare a person’s height to 50 feet.
Using this method, you would need to picture 10 people standing on each other’s shoulders to get to a height of about 50 feet. Picturing 10 people lying toe to head in a straight line is also a good way to estimate how long of a distance 50 feet is.
However, because most people are over 5 feet tall, picturing nine people is actually a more accurate way to estimate how tall or long 50 feet is since 50 feet is about nine times longer or taller than a person with a height of 5 and a half feet.
Using the same math, we can also determine how 50 feet compares to a woman or man of average height. Men are an average height of 5 feet, 9 inches, or 69 inches.
This means that 50 feet is about 8.7 times taller than the average man. Women, on the other hand, are about nine and a half times shorter than 50 feet.
What does 50 feet actually look like?
Picturing nine or 10 people can help you accurately estimate 50 feet, but there are many other items of about that height or distance that can also help you estimate how long or tall 50 feet is.
For example, a five-story building is about 50 feet tall, since each story in a building is about 10 feet tall. Exactly how tall the building depends on the exact height of the stories as well as any decorations or peaks on the roof.
Other examples of things that are 50 feet tall, or about the height of 9 average people, include one letter in the famous Hollywood sign. Each letter in the sign is about 49 feet tall.
Another good example is a shipping container, such as the large metal containers someone might see on a ship, a train, or being towed by a tractor-trailer truck. These containers are usually right around, if not exactly, 50 feet in length.
Cars are also a good way to estimate length. The average car is about 15 feet long, which is a little less than three people of average height standing on each other’s shoulders.
Three cars, parked end to end, are slightly less than 50 feet. Although the numbers aren’t precise, using cars as a way to gauge distance is a good way to estimate how far 50 feet is.
There are also a few ocean-dwelling creatures that can grow to about 50 feet in length. Giant squids, which are some of the largest creatures in the ocean, are about 50 feet long, including their tentacles.
A blue whale, on the other hand, can grow to about 100 feet. Megalodons, which are now extinct, also grew to a length of about 50 feet. These giant sharks roamed the oceans during the Pliocene era.
Some trees also average 50 feet in height. Although most trees grow to a larger height, some shorter varieties, such as Cyprus trees, reach a mature height of right around 50 feet. These evergreen trees are easy to recognize thanks to their slender appearance.