60+ Walking statistics 2021 [Research Review]

Posted on 22 October, 2021 by Nicholas Rizzo

Whether you're walking for leisure or health, the benefits of walking are vast. We've gathered some of the most interesting statistics on walking from over 25 sources that cover race walking, fun facts, and more.

Walking statistics per region

Based on data collected from walking or activity apps, here are the average daily steps taken in:

  • Hong Kong - 6,880
  • China - 6,189
  • United Kingdom - 5,444
  • Germany - 5,205
  • France - 5,141
  • Australia - 4,491
  • Canada - 4,819
  • U.S. - 4,774
  • India - 4,297
  • Indonesia - 3,513

Walking statistics demographics

Walking by age and gender

Based on gender and age, the average daily steps taken by:

  • Healthy older adults (aged 50 and above): 6,000 to 8,500 steps
    • Older adults with health problems: 1,200 to 2,200 steps
  • Adults (aged 18 and above): 5,117 steps
    • Adult males: 5,340 steps
    • Adult female: 4,192 steps
  • Adolescents (12 to 19 years old): 8,000 to 9,000 steps
    • Adolescent boys: 9,500 steps
    • Adolescent girls: 7,900 steps
  • Children (6 to 11 years old): 10,000 to 16,000 steps
    • Male children: 12,000 to 16,000 steps
    • Female children: 10,000 to 13,000 steps

Walking vs. transportation

Based on data gathered from different countries in Europe, it was found that age is a factor in the likelihood of walking than taking other forms of transportations:

  • 75 years old - 34% more likely to walk
  • 0 to 11 years old - 29%
  • 60 to 74 years old - 25%
  • 18 to 24 years old - 20%
  • 25 to 29 years old - 19%
  • 12 to 17, 30 to 39, and 50 to 59 age groups - 18%
  • 40 to 49 years old -17%

Walking speed and distance

  • The average walking speed of young adults (20 to 29 years old) is 1.34 to 1.36 meters per second
  • Meanwhile, the average walking speed of older adults (80 to 89 years old) is significantly slower at .94 to .97 meters per second
  • In terms of distance, middle-aged people (40 to 49 years old) travel the furthest at 3.11 to 3.2 miles per hour
  • Older adults traveled an average of 2.10 to 2.17 miles per hour

Race walking statistics and world records

  • The fastest walker in the world is Olympian Tom Bosworth who finished a 1-mile race walk in 5:31.08
  • Sada Eidikytė-Bukšnienė holds the fastest walker in the women's 1-mile race walk at 6:16.72
  • Yohann Diniz holds the record for the men's 50-km race walk at 3:32:33 and for the 50,000 meters track walk at 3:35:27
  • Liang Rui holds the record for the women's 50-km race walk at 4:04:36
  • George Meegan holds the record for the longest walk at 19,019 miles (30,608 km) which he completed in 2,425 days
  • It took Jean Béliveau 11 years to walk around the world, traveling to 64 countries and covering 75,000 km

Walking fun facts

  • To walk around the world once, you need to keep a pace of 3 mph, walking non-stop for 347 days
  • In a lifetime, an average person will travel 110,000 miles or about 5 trips around the world walking on the equator
  • If you walk 7,500 steps per day, by the time you are 80, you would have taken about 216,262,500 steps
  • The average human learns to walk at the age of 12 months
  • Taking a 15-minute walk will keep chocolate cravings at bay
  • 1 mile is roughly equal to 2,000 steps
  • You are considered sedentary if you take less than 5,000 steps per day
  • To keep a walking pace of 3.5 mph walk to the beat of the song 'Shut up and dance'
    • You can increase your walking pace to 5 mph by keeping up with the beat of 'Shake it off'
  • Walking the full 18-hole golf course logs 12,000 steps
  • An athletic shoe will last about 500 miles of walking
  • By replacing at least 10 km of driving with walking per week, greenhouse emissions can be reduced by 86 kg per year
  • Some professions that walk a lot per day include:
    • Servers - 23,000 steps per day
    • Nurses - 16,000 steps per day
    • Retail workers - 15,000 steps per day

Walking: Great for your health and wallet

Based on numerous studies on the health benefits of walking, walking a few times a week can greatly improve physical fitness and mental well-being. Regularly walking has also been associated with long-term positive effects such as reduced risks of developing serious health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Walking for 30 minutes a day, at least 5 times a week can:
    • Reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by 11%
    • Lower cholesterol levels by 7%
    • Reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 5.5%
    • Reduce the feeling of dejection and depression by 31.1%
    • Increased creative thinking by 81%
  • Walking 6,000 steps a day can improve a person's health, but if you want to lose weight, you need to crank it up to 10,000 steps per day
  • Walking for half an hour at least 3 times a week can reduce yearly healthcare costs by $330
  • Taking 10,000 steps a day can burn 421.5 calories or more
    • Walking uphill burns 60% more calories than walking on flat surfaces
    • Traversing rough or uneven terrain burns 50% more energy
    • Walking sideways burns 78% more calories than the normal walking stride
    • It takes 1 hour and 43 minutes to burn a Big Mac meal (burger, soda, and fries)

Walking behavior

Texting while walking

Texting while walking has caused a lot of accidents on the sidewalks and the streets. According to a study conducted among pedestrians, texting while walking:

  • Reduced walking gait velocity by 33%
  • Increased lateral deviation by 61%
  • Increased linear distance traveled by 13%

Walking with dogs

In a study conducted between dog owners and those who don't, it was discovered that:

  • Dog owners are 4 times more likely to take daily walks than those who don't have dogs
  • 61% of dog owners walk their pets at least 10 minutes when they go out
  • 27% of dog owners are able to walk their dogs at least 150 minutes
  • Dog owners are 34% more likely to be able to walk an average of 150 minutes per week
  • Dog owners are 69% more likely to do leisure-time physical activity than non-dog owners


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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.