How to Find the Median Value

It's the middle number in a sorted list.

Median Value

The Median is the "middle number" (in a sorted list of numbers).

How to Find the Median Value

To find the Median, place the numbers in value order and find the middle number.

Example: find the Median of 12, 3 and 5

Put them in order:

3, 5, 12

The middle number is 5, so the median is 5.

 

Example:

3, 13, 7, 5, 21, 23, 39, 23, 40, 23, 14, 12, 56, 23, 29

 

When we put those numbers in order we have:

3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 23, 23, 23, 29, 39, 40, 56

 

There are fifteen numbers. Our middle number will be the eighth number:

3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 23, 23, 23, 29, 39, 40, 56

 

The median value of this set of numbers is 23.

 

(It doesn't matter that some numbers are the same in the list.)

Two Numbers in the Middle

BUT, when there are an even amount of numbers things are slightly different.

In that case we need to find the middle pair of numbers, and then find the value that would be half way between them. This is easily done by adding them together and dividing by two.

Example:

3, 13, 7, 5, 21, 23, 23, 40, 23, 14, 12, 56, 23, 29

 

When we put those numbers in order we have:

3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 23, 23, 23, 29, 40, 56

 

There are now fourteen numbers and so we don't have just one middle number, we have a pair of middle numbers:

3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 23, 23, 23, 29, 40, 56

 

In this example the middle numbers are 21 and 23.

To find the value half-way between them, add them together and divide by 2:

21 + 23 = 44
44 ÷ 2 = 22

 

So the Median in this example is 22.

 

(Note that 22 was not in the list of numbers ... but that is OK because half the numbers in the list are less, and half the numbers are greater.)

Your Turn

Remember: sort them first (by dragging them left or right) !

Which is the Middle Number?

A quick way to find which is the middle number: count how many numbers, add 1 then divide by 2

Example: There are 45 numbers

45 plus 1 is 46, then divide by 2 and you get 23

So the median is the 23rd number in the sorted list.

Example: There are 66 numbers

66 plus 1 is 67, then divide by 2 and you get 33.5

33 and a half? That means that the 33rd and 34th numbers in the sorted list are the two middle numbers.

So to find the median: add the 33rd and 34th numbers together and divide by 2.