Average Neck Size FAQ
Now you know the average neck size for men and women. But you might still want more information regarding your neck. So here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What is the ideal neck size?
Most people don’t want a skinny neck. And if your neck has too much fat, you could be at risk for health issues and sleep apnea. So the ideal neck size is somewhere in between skinny and fat.
For men, the ideal neck size is generally 14″ to 16″ in circumference. And women should be in the 11-¾” to 13-¼” range for a healthy neck circumference.
Of course, the best neck size for you also depends on your ideal weight and BMI. So use these ranges as a general guideline only and not a hard and fast rule.
Is a 12-inch neck small?
For men, a 12-inch neck is smaller than 99% of other males, even among healthy and fit individuals. So it would be considered extremely small unless you are an adolescent or teenager.
By comparison, 25% of healthy females have a neck 12 inches or smaller in circumference. Therefore, a 12-inch neck is also on the small side for women, although reasonably common if your BMI is normal.
Is 16 inches a big neck?
For men, a 16-inch neck is common if your BMI is over 27.5, which is considered overweight. However, a 16-inch neck would be considered very large among males with a healthy BMI and requires a great deal of muscular development.
Among women, a 16-inch neck is extremely unlikely unless you have a BMI over 40, which is considered the upper end of obesity.