Airbnb hosts in Boston have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. Over the past five years, Boston residents have formed a vibrant Airbnb community, sharing unique experiences with travelers from around the world.
In 2014, Airbnb undertook analysis to understand the social impacts of it’s community in Boston.
For an overview of Airbnb’s community in Boston, see Airbnb’s positive impact in Boston.
Diverse communities around the world are already seeing the personal social benefits of the sharing economy. These peer-to-peer transactions build community, foster cultural exchange, and strengthen empathy and understanding.
“Beyond financial need I started hosting on Airbnb because I felt my life was getting too insular; I began to know what the next day would bring. I couldn’t afford to take my daughter on many trips so it felt like a good way to bring the world to us.” – Hilary L., Boston Airbnb Host
The findings are based on Airbnb bookings data between July 2013- June 2014, as well as host and guest surveys for travel to Boston during these dates.