Airbnb hosts in Seattle have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. Over the past six years, Seattle residents have formed a vibrant Airbnb community, sharing unique experiences with travelers from around the world.

In 2015, Airbnb undertook analysis to understand the economic impacts of it’s community in Seattle. The findings presented here are based on all travel to Seattle during the year-period from August 2014 to July 2015.

For an overview of Airbnb’s community in Seattle, see blog.airbnb.com/positiveimpactinseattle

Overall Economic Impact

Host income and visitors’ daytime spending has a significant economic impact in the economy. With Airbnb properties across more than 80 Seattle neighborhoods, Airbnb visitors are staying in and exploring places they might neber have otherwise visited.

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Impact on Residents and Households

Airbnb helps many Seattle residents to make ends meet. The typical Airbnb host in Seattle earns $8,000 per year, renting out her home about 79 nights per year, or just over 6 nights per month. This modest, yet significant amount of income has helped over half of hosts, 60 percent, stay in their homes.

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Impacts in Neighborhoods

Airbnb distributes economic impacts to neighborhoods that have not traditionally benefited from tourism spending. With Airbnb properties across more than 80 Seattle neighborhoods, Airbnb visitors are staying in and exploring new neighborhoods all around Seattle.

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The findings are based on Airbnb bookings data between August 2014 and July 2015, as well as host and guest surverys for travel to Seattle during these dates.

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