Report: Host employment in New Orleans

Since 2009, New Orleans residents have been welcoming guests into their homes on Airbnb.

It is a city celebrated for its rich history, vibrant arts scene, and for opening its arms to visitors from all over who seek to enrich themselves with its unique culture. It’s also a city that understands the importance of economic resilience.

As technology has evolved along with travelers’ desire for more authentic experiences, home sharing has become an important part of the New Orleans community. There’s no one reason that people open their home to guests on Airbnb. Some want to take part in the City’s famed Southern Hospitality. Others are still rebuilding their finances after Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession.

Despite their diverse backgrounds, income and employment, hosts have one thing in common: the vast majority rely on home sharing to pay basic household expenses, help cover their rent or pay their mortgage.

The story about hosts in New Orleans is a story about artists, musicians, educators, and health workers welcoming others into their homes to share the city they love while helping make ends meet. This report provides a snapshot of our current home sharing community, and we hope it helps policymakers and the public better understand why we’re so committed to working on rules that are fair for all.

Summary of Key Findings

  • Airbnb hosts are four times as likely to work in the arts or creative sector and five times as likely to work in education or healthcare.
  • 74 percent of New Orleans hosts use the extra income they earn from Airbnb to pay for typical household expenses like rent, groceries, bills, etc.
  • Hosts are predominantly middle-income households for whom home sharing is an important supplement to their salary; about 35 percent of hosts earn a combined household income below the national median.

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