27-Inch Waist Statistics
Generally speaking, a 27-inch waist is on the small side. However, the likelihood of a 27-inch waist depends on your gender and overall fitness. So let’s look at some waist size statistics for men and women.
Is a 27-Inch Waist Small for Women?
The average waist size for American women is 35.6 inches. That means a 27-inch waist would be smaller than 95% of average women.
However, it’s important to remember that 3 out of 4 adult women in the US are overweight or obese. So you might not want to compare yourself to the general population.
A survey of women in the US Army, who are generally more fit, shows that their average waist size is 28.2 inches. And a 27-inch waist falls somewhere between the 25th and 40th percentiles, or slightly smaller than the typical fit woman.