How many steps make a mile?

How many steps make a mile?

On an average, there are 2000 to 2500 steps in a mile. This numerical data comes from measurements using a pedometer or a fitness band. A pedometer is a portable, electronic or electromechanical device that counts each step a person takes while walking. It functions by detecting the motion of the person’s hands or hips.

In addition, the present technological progress has led the world to introduce digital devices with wonderful features. For example, we have watches and cell phones with motion sensors, installed in them.

They calculate or measure how much does a person walk during the course of a complete day. Moreover, they also calculate the number of calories burnt throughout the day, during motion. These 2000 steps is an average for a person walking at a normal pace.

However, running steps have a longer stride length. Thus, a person who is running may cover a mile in 1,400 and 1,700 steps.

The total number of steps per mile varies with the stride length of the person. Steps per mile differ with the walking and running speeds of people. Moreover, the steps taken by a person, during a walk or run, also differ with the height of the individual.

The steps you take depend upon your walking and running speed

Scientific research found these average steps per mile depending upon the walking and running speeds of people.

  • Running 8 minutes per mile, a person takes1,400 steps per mile
  • Running 12 minutes per mile allows 1,950 steps per mile
  • Running 10 minutes per mile lets 1,700 steps per mile
  • Walking 20 minutes per mile allows 2,250 steps per mile
  • Walking 15 minutes per mile causes 1,950 steps per mile

Your height affects the steps you take

Research widely quotes that stride length is 42% of height.

Stride length is measured from heel to heel, determining how far one can walk with each step. It is the distance traveled forward by a single leg. Stride length varies from places to places like if you are on hills or rough trails, or crossing streets with starts and stops.

Researchers from Arizona State University state that,

  • A man’s walking stride length is 2.5 feet or 30 inches
  • A woman’s average stride length is 2.2 feet or 26.4 inches

Stride length can be measured using various methods such as walking a football field (300 feet). For calculations, you can use the following equations,

  • Stride length in feet=300/step count
  • Stride length in inches equals the 3600/step count

If you already know your stride length, you can calculate the steps you’ll take per mile as follow,

  • 5,280 divided by your stride length in feet
  • 63,360 divided by your stride length in inches

Many pedometers are operated on these estimates. They have a built-in setup asking for your height to estimate your stride length.

Common methods to measure your steps per mile

One of the best ways to find your average steps per mile is to count them while you are walking a known distance. You can count the steps several times over the course and calculate the average steps. Counting can be done in the head or a pedometer or your mobile or watches with installed sensors can serve the purpose.

There are certain mobile apps that can assist you in counting your steps. The apps will count your steps and measure a mile with your phone’s GPS at the same time. For better accuracy, choose a straight path to walk with added no twists or turns.

This is because GPS signals regulate between your phone and various satellites in orbit. They may confuse these additional turns or buildings, trees, and hillsides, resulting in an inaccurate measurement of distance. Online mapping can also be helpful in counting your steps per mile.

A regular quarter-mile track at a local school can also serve the purpose. Walk inside a lane of a quarter-mile track (1,320 feet) and count your steps. Going around four times the track will get you a complete mile’s walk.


The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!