# What does 'percentile' mean?

If you've looked around in your stats page much, you've probably noticed a percentage number for each game type that says 'percentile.' What does that mean?

Percentile is a term used in statistics to describe** the percentage of a group that falls at or below a certain level.** The measure in this case, is the person's **rating**. In the above picture, the member is at the 42nd percentile. The percentile number here means that 42.7% of members on Chess.com have a rating that is **equal to, or below** this member's rating.

For a clearer example, Hikaru's blitz percentile is 100%, because **100% of everyone on Chess.com has a blitz rating equal to, or below Hikaru's rating!**

The important thing to remember is that this number is describing the number of members who are equal to **or below** the person's rating. Hikaru is at 100% because** no one is higher than his rating.** This puts 100% of everyone at equal to, or below him.

Another way to think of the percentile is as the **percent of people on Chess.com who you are better than! **