Airbnb in Nebraska – 2016 in review

Nebraska Airbnb Hosts Earned $2.5 Million, Welcomed 22,000 People in 2016

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Nebraska host community earned a combined $2.5 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 22,000 people to the state in 2016.

The 20,000 guest arrivals to the Cornhusker State via Airbnb represents an astounding 120 percent year-over-year growth. This comes as Nebraska residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. Airbnb’s Nebraska host community grew 33 percent to 800 in 2016. 49 percent of Nebraska’s Airbnb hosts simply rent out an extra room in their homes. And the fastest growing demographic nationally among Airbnb hosts are senior women.

Airbnb’s home sharing service first gained prominence in Nebraska in 2014 when Warren Buffett endorsed the company and encouraged travelers to use it after learning of Omaha hotels price gouging during the annual Berkshire Hathaway investors conference. Buffett recently said of Airbnb: “It’s a huge business. […] I would like to invest retroactively.”

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

City
Total 2016 Guest ArrivalsTotal 2016 Host Income
Omaha15,000$1.85 Million
Lincoln2,500$242,000
Gretna510$27,000
Bellevue500$38,000
Murdock260$14,500

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.