Measuring Tape

Is there a way to measure things in Blender like there is in Autodesk Maya? I have yet to find this feature. And preferably, I would like to set it as centimeters, to stay with the metric system, even though I am an American. Thank you in advance!

NOTE:… Not tested that this addon works with current blender version…

Yes that addon works in latest releases and is pre-installed.
User prefs > Addons > Community > 3D View > Measure Panel