Questioning your girl’s 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 of Girls Chart
Created by Steven B. Halls, MD, FRCPC and John Hanson, MSc.
Explanation of the Girl’s Height Chart
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.
A bit of History about the Charts
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 the 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 girl’s height chart above, but the other charts in the collection, bring to light some political issues and judgment-making that the CDC did.
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