Times Square Monthly Pedestrian Count Reports are located at the bottom of the page.

 

It should be no surprise that Times Square typically has some of the heaviest foot traffic in all of New York City. However, like the rest of the City, Times Square saw record lows in foot traffic in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Times Square automated counting system - phased in between August 2011 and September 2012 - provides 24/7 data on the number of pedestrians who enter and pass through specific counting zones of the Times Square Bowtie. We have 18 cameras located on six different buildings, monitoring 35 unique locations in the area. This data allows us to estimate that:

  • In a typical year, nearly 360,000 pedestrians enter the heart of Times Square each day. In 2020, roughly 125,000 pedestrians entered Times Square each day.
  • On the busiest days, Times Square has pedestrian counts as high as 450,000. Since the height of the pandemic in March, 2020 peaks reached approximately 190,000.
  • Times Square stays busy late, with over 85,000 pedestrians entering the "Bowtie" between 7pm and 1am.

The data points listed above represent averages completed in December of 2019 and 2020. The chart below compares the average daily number of visitors to Times Square every month.

 

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In addition to monthly counts, you can use the chart below to explore how the number of visitors to Times Square changes depending on the day of the week. Use the directional buttons on the chart below to see how the pedestrian count in Times Square rises and falls throughout the year.

 

 

 

Browse our monthly pedestrian maps showing the total counts of trends captured by our new system, below: