2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 through 2006
It should be no surprise that Times Square has some of the heaviest foot traffic in all of New York City. The Times Square automated counting system – phased in between August 2011 and September 2012 – provides 24/7/365 data on the number of pedestrians who enter and pass through specific counting zones of the Times Square Bowtie (7th and Broadway between 42nd and 47th). This data allows us to currently estimate that:
- An average of 312,000 pedestrians enter the heart of Times Square each day.
- On the busiest days, Times Square has pedestrian counts as high as 460,000.
- Times Square stays busy late, with over 66,000 pedestrians entering the "Bowtie" between 7pm and 1am.
The datapoints listed above represent averages completed in July of 2014. Browse our monthly pedestrian maps showing the total counts and trends captured by our new system, below:
In addition to our automated pedestrian counting system, the Alliance conducts spot counts in other parts of the district every few years, to improve the accuracy of our estimates. For the latest spot counts outside of "The Bowtie," showing changes from 2010 to 2013, please view the two maps below.
In 2012, additional cameras were phased into our counting system in March and September. This allows us to record pedestrian count averages at more locations, which contributes to our total understanding of how people move through the public space.
Our efforts to collect pedestrian counts through cameras began in 2011, and so the dates listed here represent the results of our first pilot cameras only.
Before the automated counting system, the Alliance used to perform bi-annual hand counts of pedestrians throughout the district. Click the links below to access this pedestrian data, which covers 2006-2010.