Data Methodology

Metrics Definitions

All of the metrics included in the dashboard are calculated for calendar year 2017. Input data for each of the metrics is either from Airbnb’s internal database, or from surveys sent to Airbnb hosts and guests who hosted or traveled on Airbnb in 2017.

Global Statistics

Airbnb Database Data

Active Listings

An active listing is a property listed on Airbnb. Listings may include entire homes or apartments, private rooms or shared spaces. Active listings are all listings that appear on the website during a search. Active listings do not necessarily have availability on a particular date or at all. The total active listings presented are as of January 1, 2018.

Total guest country of origin

Total guest country/region of origin counts the total unique number of countries where guests who booked a trip live. The number does not account for the origin countries of guests who stayed in an Airbnb listing who did not book the trip.

Survey Statistics

The following statistics are all drawn from a global survey of hosts and guests across 90 countries around the world. The survey was sent to 1.1 million hosts and 820,000 booking guests who used the Airbnb platform in 2017.

  • Percent of their Airbnb income towards regular household expenses
  • Percent of hosts said Airbnb has helped them afford to stay in their home
  • Percent of hosts used their Airbnb income to start a new business
  • Percent of hosts incorporate green practices into hosting
  • Percent of guests who chose Airbnb because they wanted to live like a local
  • Percent of guests said the environmental benefits of home sharing were important in their choice of Airbnb.
  • Percent of guests said that they chose Airbnb because it was more conveniently located throughout the city than hotels
  • Percent of guest spending happens in the neighborhoods where guests stay.
  • Percent of guests spent the money they saved using Airbnb at businesses in the cities and neighborhoods they visited

City and Country Statistics

All of the statistics presented in the city and country/region pages are drawn directly from Airbnb’s databases for calendar year 2017.

Guest arrivals

Guests arrivals represents all guests who visited a particular geography and stayed in an Airbnb listing during the study period.

Guest arrivals includes all guests in a party, as indicated by the booking guest upon booking. The guest numbers do not reflect unique guests, but counts all guests each time they took a trip to the particular geography.

Total guest country of origin

Total guest country/region of origin counts the total unique number of countries where guests who booked a trip live. The number does not account for the origin countries of guests who stayed in an Airbnb listing who did not book the trip.

Nights hosted per typical listing

Typical nights hosted per listing presents the median number of nights hosted among listings that (a) had at least one booking during the year-long study period, and (b) was active as of the beginning of the study period.

Presenting the median value for all listings which were active as of the start of the study period provides the most representative behavior for a year’s worth of booking activity.

Income earned by a typical host

Typical host income is the median income earned in a given market among hosts who (a) have had at least one booking during the year-long study period, and (b) have had at least one listing that was active as of the beginning of the study period.

Presenting the median value among hosts who were active as of the start of the study period provides the most representative values for a year’s worth of booking activity.

Outbound guests

Outbound guests sums all guests from a particular location who booked an Airbnb listing, regardless of where the listing is. There may be some overlap between total guest arrivals and outbound guests. All guests associated with a particular reservation are attributed to the location of the booking guest.