Iowa Airbnb hosts earned $5.8 Million, welcomed 60,000 guests in 2017

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Iowa host community earned a combined $5.8 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 60,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2017.

The 60,000 guest arrivals to Iowa via Airbnb represent 106% year-over-year growth. This comes as Iowans increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now just under 1,100 Iowa hosts who share their homes for via Airbnb, typically earning about $3,600 annually in supplemental income.

In addition to the new income going into the pockets of Iowa Airbnb hosts, the state is generating new revenue through a historic tax agreement announced in October that allows Airbnb to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its hosts for all Iowa bookings. This agreement pertains to the state sales tax as well as local county and municipal hotel taxes. Airbnb will provide periodic updates to the public on how much revenue this collaboration is generating for Iowa.

What follows is an overview of 2017 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by the top 20 home sharing in Iowa.

 

City

Total 2017 Guest Arrivals

Total 2017 Host Income

Des Moines

11,280

$1.1 million

Iowa City

5,600

$735,000

Decorah

4,070

$334,000

Dubuque

3,740

$350,000

Ames

2,140

$236,000

Cedar Rapids

1,910

$188,000

West Des Moines

1,510

$149,000

Ankeny

1,450

$114,000

Arnolds Park

1,280

$188,000

Davenport

1,260

$128,000

Cedar Falls

990

$103,000

Carter Lake

980

$104,000

Clear Lake

840

$82,225

Coralville

770

$83,000

Waterloo

760

$91,000

Bettendorf

650

$56,000

Le Claire

620

$79,000

Sioux City

600

$64,000

Altoona

590

$47,700

Council Bluffs

560

$54,000