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As of 2002, 75 young women have won the title of Miss America. Averaging all the winners' vital statistics, the composite winner is 20 years and 3 months old; her average weight is just over 121 pounds; her height is 5 feet, 6-1/2 inches. The states producing the most winners are California (6), Ohio (6, with one winning twice), and Pennsylvania (5), but the places producing the most winners relative to their resident populations are the District of Columbia (2), Hawaii (2), and Mississippi (4).

Visit the Miss America Organization's Web site to read biographies of all the pageant's winners.

1920s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1921

Margaret Gorman

DC

16

5'1"

108

30-25-32

1922
1923

Mary Catherine Campbell

OH

16

5'7"

140

35-26-36

1924

Ruth Malcomson

PA

18

5'6"

137

34-25-34

1925

Fay Lanphier

CA

19

5'6"

138

34-26-37

1926

Norma Smallwood

OK

18

5'4"

118

33-25-34

1927

Lois Delander

IL

17

5'5-1/2"

115

33-25-34

1930s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1933

Marian Bergeron

CT

15

5'4-1/2"

112

32-26-37

1935

Henrietta Leaver

PA

17

5'6"

120

33-23-35

1936

Rose Coyle

PA

22

5'6"

114

34-23-34

1937

Bette Cooper

NJ

17

5'6-1/2"

120

32-26-36

1938

Marilyn Meseke

OH

20 or 21

5'7"

128

34-26-36

1939

Patricia Donnelly

MI

19

5'7"

126

36-25-34

1940s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1940

Frances Burke

PA

19

5'9"

120

34-23-35

1941

Rosemary LaPlanche

CA

18

5'5-1/2"

120

34-24-36

1942

Jo-Carroll Dennison

TX

18

5'5"

118

34-22-34

1943

Jean Bartel

CA

19

5'8"

130

36-23-35

1944

Venus Ramey

DC

19

5'7"

125

36-25-37

1945

Bess Myerson

NY

21

5'10"

135

35-25-35

1946

Marilyn Buferd

CA

21

5'8"

123

35-25-36

1947

Barbara Jo Walker

TN

21

5'7"

130

35-25-35

1948

Bebe Shopp

MN

18

5'9"

140

37-27-36

1949

Jacque Mercer

AZ

18

5'3"

106

34-22-34

1950s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

There is no 1950 winner. Since Miss America reigns for a year following her September victory, and most of that year falls into the next calendar year, in 1950, pageant officials decided to call the winner "Miss America 1951," and have followed this practice ever since.

1951

Yolande Betbeze

AL

18 or 21

5'5-1/2"

119

35-24-35

1952

Colleen Hutchins

UT

25

5'10"

143

36-24-36

1953

Neva Jane Langley

GA

19

5'6-1/4"

118

35-23-35

1954

Evelyn Ay

PA

20

5'8"

132

37-24-36

1955

Lee Meriwether

CA

19

5'8-1/2"

124

34-22-35

1956

Sharon Ritchie

CO

18

5'6"

116

35-23-35

1957

Marian McKnight

SC

19

5'5"

120

35-23-35

1958

Marilyn Van Derbur

CO

20

5'8-1/4"

130

35-25-36

1959

Mary Ann Mobley

MS

21

5'5"

114

34-22-35

1960s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1960

Lynda Mead

MS

20

5'7"

120

36-24-36

1961

Nancy Fleming

MI

18

5'6"

116

35-22-35

1962

Maria Fletcher

NC

19

5'5-1/2"

118

35-24-35

1963

Jacquelyn Mayer

OH

20

5'5"

115

36-22-26

1964

Donna Axum

AR

21

5'6-1/2"

124

35-23-35

1965

Vonda Kay Van Dyke

AZ

21

5'6"

124

36-24-36

1966

Deborah Bryant

KS

19

5'7"

115

36-23-36

1967

Jane Jayroe

OK

19

5'6"

116

36-24-36

1968

Debra Barnes

KS

20

5'9"

135

26-24-36

1969

Judith Ford

IL

18

5'7"

125

36-24-36

1970s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1970

Pam Eldred

MI

21

5'5-1/2"

110

34-21-34

1971

Phyllis George

TX

21

5'8"

121

36-23-36

1972

Laurel Lea Schaefer

OH

22

5'7"

118

36-24-36

1973

Terry Meeuwsen

WI

23

5'8"

120

36-25-36

1974

Rebecca King

CO

23

5'9"

125

36-24-36

1975

Shirley Cothran

TX

21

5'8"

119

36-23-36

1976

Tawny Godin

NY

18

5'10"

128

36-24-36

1977

Dorothy Benham

MN

20

5'7"

120

35-23-35

1978

Susan Perkins

OH

23

5'5"

105

34-24-35

1979

Kylene Barker

VA

22

5'4"

108

35-24-35

1980s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1980

Cheryl Prewitt

MS

22

5'7"

114

35-23-36

1981

Susan Powell

OK

21

5'4"

110

35-24-35

1982

Elizabeth Ward

AR

20

5'9"

129

36-24-36

1983

Debra Maffett

CA

25

5'7"

115

35-22-35

1984

Vanessa Williams

NY

20

5'6"

110

34-24-34

1984

Suzette Charles

NJ

20

5'3"

100

33-22-33

1985

Sharlene Wells

UT

20

5'8"

120

35-25-36

1986

Susan Akin

MS

21

5'9"

114

35-22-35

1987

Kellye Cash

TN

21

5'8"

116

N/A

1988

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko

MI

24

5'10"

131

N/A

1989

Gretchen Carlson

MN

22

5'3"

108

N/A

1990s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

1990

Debbye Turner

MO

23

5'8"

118

N/A

1991

Marjorie Vincent

IL

25

5'6"

110

N/A

1992

Carolyn Sapp

HI

24

5'10"

N/A

N/A

1993

Leanza Cornett

FL

21

N/A

N/A

N/A

1994

Kimberly Aiken

SC

18

N/A

N/A

N/A

1995

Heather Whitestone

AL

21

N/A

N/A

N/A

1996

Shawntel Smith

OK

24

N/A

N/A

N/A

1997

Tara Dawn Holland

KS

23

N/A

N/A

N/A

1998

Kate Shindle

IL

21

5'11"

145

N/A

1999

Nicole Johnson

VA

24

5'9"

133

N/A

2000s

year

finalist

state

age

hgt.

wgt.

msmts.

2000

Heather Renee French

KY

24

5'6"

N/A

N/A

2001

Angela Perez Baraquio

HI

24

5'4"

118

N/A

2002

Katie Harman

OR

21

5'3"

110

N/A



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