How Many Daily Steps Does the Average Bostonian Walk?

Beantown, the Hub, America’s Walking City –Sound Familiar? That’s because those are all nicknames for Boston. The last is perhaps our favorite, but is it deserved?

Thanks to fitness trackers, it’s not too hard to find out. The average Bostonian walks about 8,090 steps per day (averaging data from Jawbone and Withings). If a mile is 2,000 steps, that works out to roughly four miles a day.

Here’s a peak at some company-specific data:

Fitbit’s website shows Boston as the American city with the second highest step count, behind New York. The harsh winters aren’t doing us any favors, though. Fitbit reports that Massachusetts residents walk an average of 7,477 steps in the winter, down from 8,633 in the summer.

Jawbone reports that the average step count for users in Boston is 9,214 steps. The only city with a higher step average than Boston is New York, at 9,799 steps.

Withings, a wearables company with offices in Cambridge, reports an average of 6,967 steps a day. The highest average steppers were adults aged 20-29, with 8,268 daily steps for women and 7,925 daily steps for men.

Four miles a day isn’t bad at all, but it still leaves us a little shy of the recommended 10,000 steps, approximately five miles. If you’re looking for a way to bump up your daily step count, here are some routes to check out before winter is upon us:

Boston Harborwalk: Boston Harborwalk is a public walkway that follows the edge of piers, wharves, beaches, and shoreline around Boston Harbor. If you’re located downtown, check out the portion that hugs the waterfront from the Theater District to the North End.

Emerald Necklace: This seven-mile network of green space includes the Boston Common, the Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.

Freedom Trail: Sure, it’s touristy. But this two-and-a-half mile trail is a dream for history buffs. See the Bunker Hill Monument, visit the site of the Boston Massacre, and take a trip to Old North Church.


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