Airbnb in Kentucky – 2016 in review

Kentucky Airbnb Hosts Earned $10.2 Million, Welcomed 80,000 People in 2016

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Kentucky host community earned a combined $10.2 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 80,000 people to the state in 2016.

The 80,000 guest arrivals to the Bluegrass State via Airbnb represents 139 percent year-over-year growth. This comes as Kentucky residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. Airbnb’s Kentucky host community nearly doubled in size to 2,100 people in 2016. 25 percent of Kentucky’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 Kentucky:

CityTotal 2016 Guest ArrivalsTotal 2016 Host Income
Louisville
43,000$6.2 Million
Lexington15,000$1.8 Million
Bowling Green1,800$174,000
Bardstown1,700$152,000
Covington1,600$168,000
Stanton1,400$155,000
Nicholasville950$95,000
Berea850$59,000
Paducah850$98,000
Somerset540$42,000

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