Idaho Airbnb hosts earned $37.5 million, welcomed more than 319,000 guests in 2018

IDAHO — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Idaho host community earned a combined $37.5 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 322,600 guest arrivals to the state in 2018.

This comes as Idaho residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn meaningful extra income and make ends meet. There are now more than 4,400 Idaho hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $6,600 annually in supplemental income.

As Idaho’s tourism industry grows, this suggests Airbnb is 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.

The home sharing community provides significant value through expanded lodging capacity for Idaho communities when hotels sell out during big events and popular weekends. These include Boise during college football game weekends and conventions, and mountain communities during the ski season.

What follows is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by the top counties for guest arrivals, based on Airbnb booking data.


County Total 2018 Guest Arrivals Total 2018 Host Income
Ada 73,300 $8.2m
Fremont 36,100 $4.7m
Kootenai 31,000 $4.2m
Teton 30,500 $3.8m
Valley 25,500 $2.8m
Bonneville 19,700 $1.3m
Blaine 19,700 $4.5m
Bonner 13,400 $1.8m
Madison 10,300 $629,500
Bannock 9,600 $721,900


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