Design Tools: ANSUR Database Calculator

This calculator allows for the exploration and download of data available in the ANSUR database, a 1988 anthropometric survey of military personnel. Select the desired gender and dimensions of interest on this page in either the graphical view or list view, then select "Calculate". The subsequent page shows summary statistics and allows the data to be downloaded.

Male Female
Acromion-radiale length
The length of the upper arm, from the tip of the shoulder (acromion) to the uppermost point of the lateral margin of the proximal end of the radius (radiale)
Buttock-knee length
The horizontal distance from the back of the buttock to the front of the knee, measured with the subject sitting
Buttock-Popliteal length
The horizontal distance from the back of the buttock to the back of the lower leg just below the knee, measured with the subject sitting
Chest circumference at scye
The circumference of the torso measured just below the armpits
Chest circ. below bust
The circumference of the torso measured below the cups of the bra
Eye height, sitting
The vertical distance from the sitting surface to the outer corner of the eye (ectocanthus), measured with the subject sitting
Elbow-fingertip length
The horizontal distance from the back of the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, with the hand extended
Face length
The vertical distance from the tip of the chin (menton) to the deepest point of the nasal root depression between the eyes (sellion)
Foot breadth
The maximum breadth of the foot, measured at right angles to its long axis
Foot length
The length of the foot from the heel to the tip of the longest toe
Functional reach
The horizontal distance from the wall to the tip of the thumb, measured with the subject’s shoulders against the wall, the arm extended forward, and the index finger touching the tip of the thumb
Hand circumference
The circumference of the hand, measured around the knuckles (metacarpal-phalangeal joints)
Hand length
The distance from the base of the hand at the wrist crease to the tip of the middle finger
Head breadth
The maximum breadth of the head, usually above and behind the ears
Head circumference
The maximum horizontal circumference of the head, measured with the tape passing above the brow-ridges and the ears
Head length
The maximum length of the head, measured from the most anterior point of the forehead between the brow-ridges (glabella) to the back of the head (occiput)
Hip breadth, standing
The maximum breadth across the hips, measured with the subject standing
Hip height
The vertical distance from the floor to the level of the maximum posterior protrusion of the greater trochanter of the femur (trochanterion)
Knee height, sitting
The vertical distance from the footrest surface to the top of the knee, measured with the subject sitting
Lateral epicondyle height
The vertical distance between a standing surface and the standing lateral-femoral-epicondyle landmark on the outside of the right knee is measured with an anthropometer
Overhead reach, extended
The vertical distance between a standing surface and the tip of the right middle finger when the arm is extended overhead as high as possible is measured on a wall scale
Overhead reach, sitting
The vertical distance between a sitting surface and the tip of the right middle finger of a seated subject whose arm is extended overhead is measured on a wall scale
Popliteal height, sitting
The vertical distance from the footrest surface to the underside of the lower leg, measured with the subject sitting
Shoulder breadth
The horizontal distance across the upper arms between the maximum bulges of the deltoid muscles; the arms are hanging relaxed
Shoulder-elbow length
The vertical length of the upper arm from the Point of the shoulder (acromion) to the bottom of the elbow, measured with the elbow bent and the lower arm held horizontally
Sitting height
The vertical distance from the sitting surface to the top of the head, measured with the subject sitting
Shoulder height, standing
The vertical distance from the floor to the point of the shoulder (acromion), measured with the subject standing
Shoulder height, sitting
The vertical distance from the sitting surface to the point of the shoulder (acromion), measured with the subject sitting
Span
The distance between the tips of the middle fingers of the horizontally outstretched arms is measured on a wall chart
Stature
The vertical distance from the floor to the top of the head
Suprasternale height
The vertical distance from the floor to the lowest point of the notch in the upper edge of the breast bone (suprasternale)
Waist height (omphalion)
The vertical distance from the floor to the level of the navel (omphalion)
Wrist-center of grip length
The horizontal distance between the stylion landmark on the right wrist and the center of a dowel (1-1/4""diameter) gripped in the right hand is measured with a Poech caliper
Wrist-finger length
The distance between the stylion landmark on the right wrist and the tip of the right index finger is measured with a Poech caliper
Wrist-wall length
The horizontal distance between a back wall and the stylion landmark on the right wrist of the outstretched arm is measured on a wall scale
List View
0Acromion-radiale length
1Buttock-knee length
2Buttock-Popliteal length
3Chest circumference at scye
4Chest circ. below bust
5Eye height, sitting
6Elbow-fingertip length
7Face length
8Foot breadth
9Foot length
10Functional reach
11Hand circumference
12Hand length
13Head breadth
14Head circumference
15Head length
16Hip breadth, standing
17Hip height
18Knee height, sitting
19Lateral epicondyle height
20Overhead reach, extended
21Overhead reach, sitting
22Popliteal height, sitting
23Shoulder breadth
24Shoulder-elbow length
25Sitting height
26Shoulder height, standing
27Shoulder height, sitting
28Span
29Stature
30Suprasternale height
31Waist height (omphalion)
32Wrist-center of grip length
33Wrist-finger length
34Wrist-wall length