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How Many Steps Are in a Mile?

More and more people are turning to a healthy lifestyle and want to be as active as possible. One of the ways to achieve that is to track the number of steps they take in a day.

In this article, you will find out how many steps are in a mile, how many steps a day you should take, and how long it takes to run the same distance.

On average, you take 2100 steps in a mile of walking and 1500 steps in a mile of running. The exact number of steps depends on several different factors, such as gender, height, stride length, and pace of walking or running.

For example, a shorter person has a shorter stride and has to take more steps in a mile than a taller person who has a longer stride.

Likewise, the faster you run, the longer your stride naturally becomes, and the fewer steps you have to take to cover the same distance.

The information in this article is based on research published in the ASCM Health and Fitness Journal.

Slow walk
(3mph)
20:00 min/mi
12:26 min/km
Brisk walk
(4mph)
15:00 min/mi
9:19 min/km
Light jog
(5mph)
12:00 min/mi
7:27 min/km
Slow run
(6mph)
10:00 min/mi
6:13 min/km
Run
(7mph)
8:00 min/mi
4:58 min/km
Fast run
(8mph)
6 min/mi
3:44 min/km
All225219351951167214001080
Females231019871979170914691213
Males217618681919163513601064

The table shows an overview of how many steps you will take in a mile while moving at a certain speed.

how many steps are in a mile

How many steps in a mile run?

A person with a height of 5 feet 4 inches will take an average of 1943 steps while running a mile at a pace of 12 min/mi, and 1082 steps at a pace of 6 min/mi.

Depending on the running pace and height of the person, the table shows the average number of steps needed to run a mile.

Height
(ft + in)
Light jogging
12:00 min/mi
 7:27 min/km
Slow run
10:00 min/mi
6:13 min/km
Run
8:00 min/mi
4:58 min/km
Fast run
6 min/mi
3:44 min/km
5’ 0”1997171014231136
5’ 2”1970168313961109
5’ 4”1943165613691082
5’ 6”1916162913421055
5’ 8”1889160213151028
5’ 10”1862157512881001
6’ 0”183515481261974
6’ 2”180815211234947
6’ 4”178114941207920

How many steps will a woman take in a mile walk?

A woman with a height of 5 feet 4 inches will take 2315 steps to cross a mile at a pace of 20 min/mi, and 1934 steps at a pace of 14 min/mi.

Depending on the walking pace and height of the woman, the table shows the average number of steps needed to walk a mile.

Females
Height
(ft + in)
Normal walking
20:00 min/mi
12:26 min/km
Walking at a faster pace
18:00 min/mi
11:11 min/km
Brisk walking
16:00 min/mi
9:57 min/km
Race walking
14:00 min/mi
8:42 min/km
5’ 0”2371224421171991
5’ 2”2343221620891962
5’ 4”2315218820611934
5’ 6”2286216020331906
5’ 8”2258213120051878
5’ 10”2230210319761850
6’ 0”2202207519481821

How many steps will a man take in a mile walk?

A man with a height of 6 feet 0 inches will take 2169 steps to cross a mile at a pace of 20 min/mi, and 1788 steps at a pace of 14 min/mi.

Depending on the walking pace and height of the man, the table shows the average number of steps needed to walk a mile.

Males
Height
(ft + in)
Normal walking
20:00 min/mi
12:26 min/km
Walking at a faster pace
18:00 min/mi
11:11 min/km
Brisk walking
16:00 min/mi
9:57 min/km
Race walking
14:00 min/mi
8:42 min/km
5’ 4”2282215520281901
5’ 6”2253212720001873
5’ 8”2225209819721845
5’ 10”2197207019431817
6’ 0”2169204219151788
6’ 2”2141201418871760
6’ 4”2112198618591732

What affects the number of steps in a mile?

The main factor affecting the number of steps needed to cover a mile is the stride length.

The shorter the stride, the more steps you need to take to cover a mile.

Stride length is the distance from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other foot. It varies from person to person, depending on your height, sex, speed, and running terrain.

1. Height

The taller you are, the longer your stride is, and the fewer steps you have to take to cross a mile.

A person who is 5 feet 4 inches tall does not have the same stride length as a person who is 6 feet 0 inches tall, even if they are in the same shape. A shorter person has to take more steps than a taller person to cover the same distance.

2. Speed

The faster you move, the longer your stride becomes, and the fewer steps you have to take to cross a mile.

3. Sex

According to research, sex is another factor affecting the number of steps you have to take to cover a mile.

The average stride length for women is 2.2 feet and for men, it is 2.5 feet.

This means that women take more steps than men to cover a mile.

4. Running terrain

Stride length depends on whether you are moving on flat ground or uphill.

When running uphill, the step is shorter and you take more steps to cover a mile.

How to track the number of steps you take in a mile?

The simplest way to track the number of steps is with the help of a pedometer, smart watch, or activity monitor.

A pedometer is a device that counts your steps, and most smartphones today have this option.

For a pedometer, activity monitor, or other device to measure the exact number of steps you take, you need to know the average length of your step and height.

How to measure average stride length?

There are different methods for measuring stride length.

One is to walk or run a certain distance and count the steps. Then divide the distance you walked or ran by the number of steps you took to get your average stride length.

Total distance / number of steps = stride length

Another way is to take 10 steps and measure the distance between the starting point and the ending point. Then divide the distance traveled by 10 and you will get the average length of your stride.

For example, if you have walked 255 inches in 10 steps, your average stride length is 25.5 inches.

A third way to measure stride length is based on your height. To get the average stride length, multiply your height in inches by 0.413 if you are a woman and 0.415 if you are a man.

Women = height in inches x 0.413 equals average stride length
Men = height in inches x 0.415 equals average stride length
For example, a runner with a height of 65 inches has an average stride length of 26.84 inches.

There is a standard estimate that a person’s stride length is proportional to their height, that is, it is equal to approximately 42% of their height. It is not a precise estimate, but it is used by most digital pedometers.

You can use a calculator to determine exactly how many steps you have taken in a mile of walking or running.

How many steps a day should you take?

You probably heard many times the recommendation that it is necessary to take 10,000 steps a day for health benefits.

Where did that figure come from?

The magic figure of 10,000 steps per day actually came from a marketing campaign, not from scientific research. It is actually the name of a pedometer that was sold in Japan in 1965. The device was called “Manpo-kei“, which literally means “10,000 step counter”. Although the name of the device had a strictly promotional function, it stuck around the world and started indicating the daily goal for the number of steps.

Newer research indicates that even 7000 steps a day bring significant health benefits.

Tip

The answer to how many steps you need to take per day requires a more individual approach and should be based on your goals. The best number of steps for you is the one that can fit into your daily schedule and regular habits.

According to research, you can compare your step count with activity level categories:

  • Inactive (sedentary lifestyle): less than 5000 steps a day
  • Light active lifestyle: 5000 to 7499 steps a day
  • Moderately active lifestyle: 7500 to 9999 steps a day
  • Active lifestyle: 10000 to 12499 steps a day
  • Highly active lifestyle: more than 12500 steps a day

When determining the daily step goal, keep in mind that your number of steps will be lower if you run or walk at a faster pace, and you will get a better workout. So regardless of the lower number of steps achieved, you will get a great workout that will benefit your health.

What’s the average time for a mile run?

Beginner runners need approximately 10:30 minutes (average running pace 6:31 minutes per kilometer) to run a mile, while more experienced runners need 6:20 minutes (average running pace 3:56 minutes per kilometer).

The table shows how long it takes to run a mile depending on the running pace.

Minutes per mileMinutes per kilometer1 mile
8:004:588:00
8:305:178:30
9:005:369:00
9:305:549:30
10:006:1310:00
10:306:3110:30
11:006:5011:00

Use my running pace calculator with which you can calculate the time needed to run a mile running at a certain pace. You can also calculate what pace you will run if you run a mile in a certain time.

Read more: How Long Does It Take To Run a Mile? (Explained in Detail)

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Matea Matošević

Hi, I’m Matea! I’m an Olympic Marathon Runner, founder, and writer behind OLYRUN.com. On this site, I provide help in the form of my knowledge and experience to all who love running and active living. Read more…