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Questioning your girls height? Has a growth spurt come early, or late? What is the average height for girls?

These are common questions. The average height for girls, is shown as the thick line on the chart. More discusson follows afterward.

average height for girls chart

Created by Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC and John Hanson, MSc. This particular version of the chart is for girls of "White" race/ethnicity*, ages 2 through 18. The chart index can show you other race/ethnicity charts.

The thicker red line in the center of the chart is the 50th percentile line, (like the average), which shows that 50% of Girls have Height (or stature) shorter than the line, and 50% are taller.  At the lowest red line, (5th percentile), only 5% of the population of Girls are shorter.

For an Average weight for girls chart, click here.

The data source for this chart is the NHANES III survey, conducted in America during 1988 to 1994. The CDC used this dataset, as well as datasets from several older surveys to construct the CDC standard pediatric growth charts.

Megan Megan
Hey Doc. Are your girls height charts close to the CDC charts?

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Yes. Megan, I know that you know, that the CDC charts and my charts don’t always agree. But for girls height, the values on the chart lines are extremely close.

Betty Betty
Can I use the CDC charts then?

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Of course. It just takes more clicks and more reading to find them. Let me help. Here’s the link to CDC girls height chart.

Hector Hector
I went to the link, but came back here. It’s easier.


I bit of history. I made all these height and weight charts in around 1999 or 2000. Back then, doctors were using really old child growth charts from the 1970s. When I realized that NHANES III data was publicly obtainable, I thought I should make updated charts and post them on the internet, which I did. Later, the CDC made updated growth charts public, also in year 2000, so my charts became obsolete, theoretically. But it turns out that there are some useful characteristics in my charts, that some people appreciate. They seem to have newer data. You wouldn’t know it from the girls height chart above, but the other charts in the collection, bring to light some political issues and judgment-making that the CDC did.

Billy Billy
That’s all fine and dandy Doc, but I don’t really care, and, this page is confusing. I just want to know, if a girls growth spurt came early.

Betty Betty
Or late. How do I do that?

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Look along the thick red line in the middle of all the curvy lines. Match it to the girl’s current height on the right-hand height-scale, then follow a vertical line down to the age-scale at the bottom, which will show you the average age of girls who have that height.


Almost forgot. Most of my other pages have links to charts for other races. Here they are for girls height. White, Black, Hispanic, and Other.

Did you click on any faces or find other surprises?


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