Kentucky Airbnb hosts earned $19.2 million, welcomed 166,000 guests in 2017

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Kentucky host community earned a combined $19.2 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 166,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2017.

The 166,000 guest arrivals to Kentucky via Airbnb represents 103% year-over-year growth. This comes as Kentucky residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now just under 3,500 Kentucky hosts who share their homes for via Airbnb, typically earning about $4,900 annually in supplemental income.

Home sharing delivered significant value throughout the state in 2018, including a $3.5 million impact for Louisville as hotels sold out for the Derby. Lexington hosts significantly expanded lodging capacity and offered affordable homes for parents during UK’s college commencement. And more rural areas of the state saw a massive influx during the August eclipse.

In addition to the new income going into the pockets of Kentucky Airbnb hosts, the state is generating new revenue through a historic tax agreement announced in October that allows Airbnb to collect and remit the Kentucky state sales tax on behalf of its hosts. Airbnb will continue to update the public and its hosts on the extent to which this collaboration delivers new revenue for the state, and the company hopes to secure additional tax agreements with Kentucky municipalities in 2018.

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

City

Total 2017 Guest Arrivals

Total 2017 Host Income

Louisville

78,080

$10 million

Lexington

27,630

$3.1 million

Covington

5,230

$489,000

Bowling Green

3,840

$391,000

Stanton

3,310

$370,000

Bardstown

2,620

$257,000

Paducah

2,600

$261,000

Berea

1,760

$117,000

Nicholasville

1,580

$185,000

Murray

1,470

$129,000

Williamstown

1,300

$98,000

Frankfort

1,250

$137,000

Newport

1,140

$123,000

Prospect

1,100

$150,000

Somerset

1,100

$118,000

Taylorsville

970

$134,000

Cadiz

960

$106,700

Bellevue

850

$73,000

Danville

850

$87,000

Leitchfield

800

$95,000