7 cities where Airbnb hosts make a nice nest egg

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7 cities where Airbnb hosts make a nice nest egg

As far as side hustles go, it’s hard to beat becoming an Airbnb host. Airbnb hosts in the most populated cities can typically earn an extra $7,000 a year, and Superhosts — high-rated home-sharers that get increased visibility in guest searches — can earn about 22% more.

Curious about what you could make? Airbnb lets you calculate how much your home could potentially earn using this free tool.

Check out the seven top-earning Airbnb host cities in the country. Remember, these cities are ranked by collective host revenue, though there are stats illustrating typical income and average price per booked night. Earnings mentioned are based on average host earnings for the past year as compiled in July 2018 by Airbnb. Actual earnings will vary by listing, seasonality and location.

1. New York City

The 42,700 active hosts in the Big Apple collectively earned $578.3 million in the past year, with the average host typically making $6,300 per year and the average booked night earning $147.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s New York City marketplace include swanky penthouses, cozy studios, private bedrooms and comfy sofa beds for the eco-guest.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this luxe, three-bedroom Tribeca loft currently listed at $400 per night.

2. Los Angeles

The 17,900 active hosts in Los Angeles collectively earned $4 million in the past year with the average host typically making about $9,100 per year and the average booked night earning $145.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s Los Angeles marketplace include quaint cottages, private pool houses, bunkable bungalows and beachfront retreats.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this five-bedroom West Hollywood villa, remit with backyard movie screen, currently listed at $500 per night.

3. San Francisco

The 4,200 active hosts in San Francisco collectively earned $151 million in the past year with the average host typically making about $12,100 per year and the average booked night earning $179.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s San Francisco marketplace include spacious condominiums, charming Victorian townhouses, private guest rooms and serene studios with views of the cityscape.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this unique, one-bedroom airstream currently listed in Mill Valley for $140 a night.

4. San Diego

The 6,700 active hosts in San Diego collectively earned $126.6 million in the past year with the average host typically making $8,500 per year and the average booked night earning $161.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s San Diego marketplace include sunny studios, tiny houses, spacious coastal cottages and private rooms in oceanfront estates.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this two-bedroom Del Mar home with access to a shared pool, patio and barbecue, currently listed at $250 a night.

5. Nashville, Tennessee

The 3,000 active hosts in Nashville collectively earned $111.3 million in the past year with the average host typically making $13,500 per year and the average booked night earning $211.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s Nashville marketplace include rustic guest houses, two-story lofts, shareable suites and ample apartments within walking distance of all the city’s hottest spots.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this newly built, four-bedroom home in East Nashville, currently listed at $49 per night.

6. Seattle

The 5,400 active hosts in Seattle collectively earned $105.2 million in the past year with the average host typically making around $11,100 per year and the average booked night earning $138.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s Seattle marketplace include airy cabins, private backyard cottages, apartments with waterfront views and chic lofts near the Space Needle.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this two-bedroom house boat, currently listed at $300 a night.

7. Austin, Texas

The 8,800 active hosts in Austin collectively earned $95.3 million in the past year with the average host typically making $5,100 per year and the average booked night earning $169.

Spaces listed on Airbnb’s Austin marketplace include bright cabanas, quaint casitas, designer condominiums and private suites.

For some holiday host inspiration, check out this two-bedroom modern treehouse currently listed at $120 a night.

Curious about hosting? Head over to Airbnb’s homepage for more info.

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