Airbnb in Iowa – 2016 in review

Iowa Airbnb Hosts Earned $3 Million, Welcomed 28,000 People in 2016

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Iowa host community earned a combined $3 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 28,000 people to the state in 2016.

The 28,000 guest arrivals to the Hawkeye State via Airbnb represents an astounding 188 percent year-over-year growth. This comes as Iowans increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. Airbnb’s Iowa host community nearly doubled in size to 700 people in 2016. 45 percent of Iowa’s Airbnb hosts simply rent out an extra room in their homes. And the fastest growing demographic nationally among Airbnb hosts are senior women.

What follows is an overview of 2016 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by the top 10 home sharing cities in Iowa:

CityTotal 2016 Guest Arrivals
Total 2016 Host Income
Des Moines
Iowa City
Decorah
Dubuque
Ames
Ankeny
Coralville
Cedar Rapids
Cedar Falls
Davenport
6,500
3,800
1.600
1,500
960
940
800
670
570
570
$640,000
$501,000
$131,000
$160,000
$115,000
$70,000
$81,000
$83,000
$57,000
$66,000

About Airbnb
Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries.