Florida Airbnb Hosts Earned $810 Million in 2018 Amid Continued Hotel Growth

Airbnb announced today that Floridian hosts and homeowners earned a combined $810 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 4.5 million guest arrivals to the state in 2018 through the platform.

This comes as Floridian homeowners increasingly embrace the home sharing and vacation rental platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now over 45,000 Floridian hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $6,500 annually in supplemental income.

Yet, statewide data indicates that Airbnb and its host community appear to be complementing — rather than competing with — the Florida hotel industry. The most recent state-commissioned report demonstrates that Florida hotel occupancy rates, daily prices and revenue have grown steadily even as local hosts welcomed millions of guests. This suggests that vacation rentals are opening up the state to a new slice of prospective tourists by catering to travelers less able to afford hotels, those who desire to stay in neighborhoods or cities that lack hotels, and families who prefer to be together under one roof.

This most recent announcement comes on the heels of previous Airbnb reports documenting the disproportionally positive impact of vacation rentals for Floridian senior hosts as well as for rural Florida counties that lack hotels. At this time, over 932,000 Floridians are Airbnb users (as either hosts or guests).

What follows is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by counties where hosts earned over a combined $1 million.

2018 Florida Host & Guest Data by County

County 2018 Total Host Income 2018 Total Guest Arrivals
Miami-Dade $204 million 954,000
Osceola $82.6 million 640,000
Broward $80.3 million 406,000
Pinellas $44.2 million 232,000
Orange $40 million 338,000
Palm Beach $30.6 million 126,000
Bay $27.3 million 136,000
Monroe $27.1 million 110,000
Lee $24.2 million 101,000
Sarasota $22.8 million 100,000
Polk $22.5 million 195,000
Walton $20.6 million 88,000
Hillsborough $20.5 million 157,000
Okaloosa $18.9 million 95,000
Saint Johns County $17.2 million 113,000
Collier $16.1 million 56,000
Volusia $14.6 million 91,000
Brevard $12.8 million 82,000
Manatee $12.4 million 49,000
Duval $11.6 million 83,000
Escambia $9.8 million 62,000
Lake $6.5 million 49,000
Alachua $4.6 million 39,000
Leon $3.7 million 28,000
Santa Rosa $3.5 million 23,500
Martin $2.8 million 12,500
Pasco $2.8 million 17,000
Seminole $2.7 million 22,000
Nassau $2.7 million 14,000
Charlotte $2.6 million 12,000
Flagler $2.6 million 17,000
St. Lucie $2.4 million 14,000
Indian River $1.9 million 8,900
Citrus $1.6 million 13,000
Marion $1.3 million 9,900
Sumter $1.3 million 6,500
Franklin $1.2 million 6,700
Hernando $1.2 million 11,000
Gulf $1.2 million 4,900
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