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The PeopleSize anthropometry dataset uses a large number of original survey datasets in combination.  Whenever possible we start with the latest height and weight data from government surveys, since these are the most up-to-date and reliable.

Then the original anthropometry survey data is scaled up to match the latest heights and weights, using specially developed and validated scaling techniques.

The dataset contains:

  • 289 individual body measurements (for US, UK, German, and Australian adults)
  • 9 nationalities: American, Australian, Belgian, British, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Swedish
  • 9 adult age groups (for the Caucasian nationalities:- 18-64, 18-25, 18-39, 25-50, 40-64, 65+, 65-74, 75+, 85+)
  • Child data by each year from 2 to 17 years, for American, Belgian and British.
  • Infant data for British 0-24 months

The number of dimensions varies according to what has been measured and is available.  For example there are 29 dimensions available for Italian adults.  The age range also varies.

Details about each population and data source are tabulated in the Anthropometric Data Dates page, also you can read about each population's source in the online program Help files .

 

List of anthropometry data

Below is the full list of the anthropometric dimensions, in text form.  Nearly all of these are available for US, UK, Australian and German working-age adults, fewer for the elderly, other nationalities and children, depending on what has been measured. You can search below for a specific one you need, however the list is mainly shown to demonstrate that (a) there is a lot of data in PeopleSize and (b) a text search of anthropometry is very difficult!  Every dimension can be given a number of different names, so that even the simplest could start with any of several different letters of the alphabet, and so be in various different positions in the alphabetical list.  Many names in anthropometry are medical, and unknown to designers.

Because PeopleSize uses a visual search method, we take the opportunity to use names which are as far as possible jargon-free and meaningful.  The precise definition and measurement method of each dimension is shown in the Notes window in the program, as the data are presented.

Stature
Weight
Abdominal depth, sitting, 4 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, 5 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, 6 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, 7 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, 8 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, 9 months pregnant
Abdominal depth, sitting, over 9 months pregnant (term)
Angle of Jaw bone to back of Head, horizontal
Angle of Jaw bone to top of Head, vertical
Ankle breadth
Ankle circumference, around ankle bones
Ankle circumference, just above joint (minimum)
Ankle height (inner)
Ankle height (outer)
Ankle height, at minimum circumference (above joint)
Arc across Bust
Arc from Waist, through Crotch
Arm length, Shoulder (Acromion) to Fingertip, horiz'l
Arm length, Shoulder (Acromion) to Fingertip, vert'l
Arm length, Shoulder (Acromion) to Wrist, surface
Arm span, Fingertip to fingertip
Armpit (Axilla) height, to muscle at front, standing
Back of Elbow to grip
Back of Elbow to pinch grip
Back of Elbow to tip of middle Finger
Back of Elbow to Wrist crease
Back of Head height (Occiput), sitting
Back of Knee height (Popliteal tendon), sitting
Back of Knee height, standing
Back of Neck (C7) to Armpit level, vertical, surface
Back of Neck (C7) to back Waist level, surface
Back of Neck (C7) to back Waist level, vertical
Back of Neck (C7) to floor, via Buttock, standing
Back of Neck (C7) to front Waist level, surface
Back of Neck (C7) to Knee, via Buttock, standing
Back of Neck (C7) to Nipple
Back of Neck (C7) to side of neck, surface
Back of Neck (C7), over top of Head to Brow
Bottom of Chin to back of Head, horizontal
Bottom of Chin to lowest point of Forehead Hairline
Bottom of Chin to top of Head, vertical
Bottom of Chin to underside of Nose
Breadth across Back at Armpits (Axillae), surface
Breadth across Chest at level of Armpits (Axillae)
Breadth across Chest at level of Nipples, horizontal
Breadth across upper Back, surface
Breadth across upper Chest, surface
Breast bone (Sternum) to Finger root, horizontal
Broadest part of Cheekbones to back of Head, hori'l
Broadest part of Cheekbones to top of Head, vertical
Brow to top of Head, vertical
Buttock to back of Knee (Popliteal tendon), sitting
Buttock to front of Knee, sitting
Buttock to sole of Foot (Leg straight), sitting
Calf circumference
Calf height, at maximum rearward protrusion
Chest circumference at the Armpits (Axillae)
Chest circumference at the Nipples
Chest depth, Breast bone to Spine, horizontal
Chest depth, Nipple to e.g. seat back/wall, horiz'l
Chin to back of Head, horizontal
Chin to top of Head, vertical
Circumference around Arm and Shoulder (arm scye)
Circumference around ball of Foot
Circumference around Heel and top of Foot
Circumference around instep of Foot
Circumference just below Knee
Corner of Eye to back of Head, horizontal
Corner of Eye to top of Head, vertical
Corner of Mouth to back of Head, horizontal
Corner of Mouth to top of Head, vertical
Crawling height
Crawling length
Crease behind Knee to Ankle
Crease just below Buttock to Ankle
Crease just below Buttock to crease behind Knee
Crotch height, standing
Distance between inner edges of Ischia, sitting
Distance between Ischia centres, sitting
Distance between lower borders of Eye sockets
Distance between Nipples
Distance between outer borders of Eye sockets
Distance between outer corners of Eyes
Distance between Pupil centres
Distance between upper, outer Brow ridges
Ear (Tragion) to back of Head, horizontal
Ear (Tragion) to top of Head, vertical
Ear breadth
Ear height (Tragion), sitting
Ear height (Tragion), standing
Ear length
Edge of Ischium to lateral surface of Thigh, sitting
Elbow breadth
Elbow height, to bony point with Arm straight
Elbow height, to underside of flexed Forearm
Elbow span, upper Arms horizontal
Elbow to elbow breadth, Arms at side
Eye height, sitting
Eye height, standing
Eye to underside of Elbow, vertical
Face breadth, across Cheekbones
Face length, Chin to top of Nose
Female Chest circumference, below Breasts
Fist circumference
Foot breadth
Foot height
Foot length
Forehead breadth, between Temples
Front of Neck to Waist
Hand breadth across Finger Knuckles
Hand breadth including Thumb
Hand circumference, around Finger Knuckles
Hand depth at the middle Finger Knuckle
Hand grip height, Arm at side, standing
Hand length
Head arc, from Shoulder to shoulder
Head breadth (maximum, above and behind Ears)
Head breadth, just in front of Ears
Head circumference (just above Brow ridges)
Head diameter, maximum from Chin
Head length: Brow to back of head, horizontal
Heel breadth just above Sole
Height of lowest point of Shoulder blade, sitting
Height of maximum Lumbar curvature, sitting
Height of prominent Neck vertebra (C7), sitting
Height of prominent Neck vertebra (C7), standing
Hip (Trochanter) height, standing
Hip breadth (maximum), standing
Hip breadth, bony (Trochanters), standing
Hip breadth (maximum), sitting
Hip circumference, around Buttocks
Hip circumference, maximum
Horiz'l Fingertip reach (from e.g. seat back/wall)
Horiz'l pinch-grip reach (from e.g. seat back/wall)
Horizontal grip reach (from e.g. seat back/wall)
Index Finger height, from line thru Wrist crease
Index Finger length
Index Finger, distal joint breadth
Index Finger, distal joint circumference
Index Finger, distal joint depth
Index Finger, proximal joint breadth
Index Finger, proximal joint circumference
Index Finger, proximal joint depth
Ischia breadth, sitting
Ischia length, sitting
Jaw width
Knee circumference (at skin crease)
Knee height (Tibia), standing
Knee to knee breadth, sitting
Knee-cap height, standing
Lip length (relaxed)
Little Finger height, from line thru Wrist crease
Little Finger length
Little Finger, distal joint breadth
Little Finger, distal joint circumference
Little Finger, distal joint depth
Little Finger, proximal joint breadth
Little Finger, proximal joint circumference
Little Finger, proximal joint depth
Lower Abdominal depth (max), sitting (from e.g. wall)
Lowest point of Eye socket to back of Head, horiz'l
Lowest point of Eye socket to top of Head, vertical
Lowest point of Hairline to back of Head, horizontal
Lowest point of Hairline to top of Head, vertical
Maximum Hand depth
Maximum Hand spread
Mid Hip circumference
Mid Shoulder height, sitting
Mid Shoulder height, standing
Mid Shoulder to Nipple
Mid Shoulder to Waist level
Middle Finger height, from line thru Wrist crease
Middle Finger length
Middle Finger, distal joint breadth
Middle Finger, distal joint circumference
Middle Finger, distal joint depth
Middle Finger, maximum diameter of proximal joint
Middle Finger, proximal joint breadth
Middle Finger, proximal joint circumference
Middle Finger, proximal joint depth
Middle Fingertip height, standing
Minimum square access for Hand
Mouth to back of Head, horizontal
Mouth to top of Head, vertical
Nape of Neck height, sitting
Neck circumference, around the base of the neck
Neck circumference, at the Adam's apple
Neck circumference, below the Adam's apple
Neck width, just below level of Adam's apple
Nose breadth (widest point)
Nose breadth at top, minimum
Nose length, bridge to underside, linear
Nose length, vertical
Outer border of Eye socket to back of Head
Outer border of Eye socket to top of Head, vertical
Outside Leg length
Palm length
Rear of Buttock to rear of Ischium, sitting
Rear of Heel to joint at base of 1st (big) Toe
Rear of Heel to point of outer Ankle, horizontal
Rear of Heel to tip of little Toe
Ring Finger height, from line thru Wrist crease
Ring Finger length
Ring Finger, distal joint breadth
Ring Finger, distal joint circumference
Ring Finger, distal joint depth
Ring Finger, proximal joint breadth
Ring Finger, proximal joint circumference
Ring Finger, proximal joint depth
Sacral height, sitting
Seat height (lower Legs vertical & Thighs horiz'l)
Short Shoulder length
Shoulder (Acromion) to Elbow crease
Shoulder (Acromion) to grip, horizontal
Shoulder (Acromion) to grip, vertical
Shoulder (Acromion) to pinch-grip, horizontal
Shoulder (Acromion) to pinch-grip, vertical
Shoulder (Acromion) to underside of Elbow, flexed
Shoulder (Acromion) to Wrist crease
Shoulder breadth (Acromion)
Shoulder breadth (Deltoid)
Shoulder circumference, around muscles at top of Arms
Shoulder depth
Shoulder height (Acromion), sitting
Shoulder height (Acromion), standing
Shoulder length, Neck to tip of shoulder (Acromion)
Side of Neck to centre front of Waist
Side of Neck to Waist, vertical
Side of Nose to back of Head, horizontal
Side of Nose to top of Head, vertical
Sitting height
Square edge grip, Thumb - Index Finger
Square edge grip, Thumb - Little Finger
Square edge grip, Thumb - Middle Finger
Square edge grip, Thumb - Ring Finger
Thigh circumference just below Buttock, standing
Thigh circumference at the midpoint, standing
Thigh depth (maximum), sitting
Thigh depth behind Knee, sitting
Thumb height, from line thru Wrist crease
Thumb joint breadth
Thumb joint depth
Thumb length
Thumb, joint circumference
Thumb-Index Finger grip diameter
Thumb-Middle Finger grip diameter
Tip of Nose to back of Head, horizontal
Tip of Nose to top of Head, vertical
Top of Knee height, sitting
Top of Nose to back of Head, horizontal
Top of Nose to top of Head, vertical
Trunk depth at Buttocks, standing
Trunk height (to top of Breast bone), sitting
Underside of Elbow height, sitting
Underside of Elbow height, sitting, plus Seat height
Underside of Nose to back of Head, horizontal
Underside of Nose to tip of nose
Underside of Nose to top of Head, vertical
Upper Arm circumference, at the Armpit
Upper Arm circumference, at the midpoint
Upper Arm length, surface
Upper Hip circumference
Upper Leg length, sitting, surface
Upper, outer Brow ridge to back of Head, horizontal
Upper, outer Brow ridge to top of Head, vertical
Upright kneeling height
Vertical Fingertip reach, sitting
Vertical Fingertip reach, standing
Vertical grip reach, sitting
Vertical grip reach, standing
Vertical pinch-grip reach, sitting
Vertical pinch-grip reach, standing
Waist circumference, abdominal
Waist circumference, at the midpoint
Waist depth, standing
Waist height, sitting
Waist height, standing
Waist height, standing (side seam)
Waist to Crotch, standing
Waist to Hip, standing
Whole-body breadth (maximum, inc. Arms), standing
Whole-body depth (maximum), standing
Wrist breadth, at the wrist crease
Wrist breadth, bony
Wrist circumference, at the wrist crease
Wrist circumference, over prominent bony protrusions
Wrist height, standing
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