The Basics: airbnb History and Stats

In a few short years the airbnb website ( ) has gone from promoting “couch surfing”, to host-resident “private room” rentals (mini-B&Bs), to host-absent vacation rentals.

  • In 2008, airbnb operated only in the United States
  • By 2014 it operates in 33,000 cities and 192 countries
  • Has grown to over 300,000 listings
  • Has booked 4 million guests total
  • Has booked over 10 million room-nights

As a result, cities across the United States are being forced to deal with the growing reality of airbnb short-term rentals and the emergence of the so called “sharing economy”. The associated issues are many and complex, and they vary from city to city.

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