Walking trends in Greenville

Average daily walking trips dropped by 36% in the US between 2019 and 2022 — see how Greenville compares.

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Most adults walk at an average of 2-4 mph. | Photo by @upstatedaily

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If you’ve been singing the lyrics “I walk a lonely road” a lot lately, you’re not… alone (well, in a sense). Greenville roads are actually even lonelier than many, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

If national averages indicate anything, it’s that roads overall may have been more lonely during the past few years. According to a recent data report by Streetlight, annual average daily walking trips dropped 36% in the US between 2019 and 2022.

How does that national average shake out in the Greenville metro, and where are the best spots to raise those national trend (and step count) numbers? Let’s take a look.

By the numbers

  • -36% | Percent change in walking trips in South Carolina
  • -40% | Percent change in walking trips in Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
  • 43 | Greenville’s score out of 100 on Walk Score’s walkability meter

What does a percent change in walking trips mean? Say a metro area sees a -50% change in walking trips. This means, on average, walking trips declined by 50% in that area. (For the record, none of the top 100 metros in the study saw that much of a decline — the biggest dip was 49% in Akron, OH.)

Where to walk the walk

Wondering where you can get your steps in? Check out these pedestrian-friendly spots around town, from local parks to biking + walking trails.

  • Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail | The trail isn’t just for biking — you can take a leisurely stroll + take in the sights.
  • Paris Mountain State Park, 2401 State Park Rd. | Take a hike (literally) through this park and become one with nature.
  • Main Street, Downtown Greenville | People watch and window shop as you cruise along Main Street.
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