Airbnb is growing, but it’s complicated

This week Planetizen published my deep dive into the data on Airbnb listings.  There was so much rancor about the short-term-rental service, and so little data, I wanted to make a contribution.

Since the focus in public discussion was the idea that short-term-rentals might be talking long-term-rentals out of market availability, I focused on the longevity of Airbnb listings.  What I found was that tons of people try hosting, but not many stick with it….

graph showing Airbnb growth in nine cities

graph showing that only about half of airbnb listings last a year

Check out the full piece, including my interpretation for planners, here.