Los Angeles and Seattle rank first for remote workers, Airbnb says

With millions of people now more flexible about where they live and work, guests are spreading to thousands of cities this summer — more than 72,000 cities and towns, to be exact — and many are even “living” on Airbnb throughout the season. About one in five guests said they used Airbnb to work remotely while traveling in 2021 — a trend that continued into the first quarter of 2022.

For those looking to plan their own long-term adventures this summer — or for those considering making money hosting digital nomads — Airbnb shares some of the best destinations in the U.S. and Canada for guests and long-term hosts, based on Host affordability, hospitality, popularity and income.

Better earnings for long-term stays

The trend to live and work from anywhere is an opportunity not only for digital nomads, but also for current and potential hosts who have the space to share with them. Lodging income continues to support families in the US and Canada amid rising costs of living, with 41% of hosts in the US and 45% in Canada agreeing that one one of the reasons they host is to make money to help manage rising prices. In fact, Hosts in the United States have earned a combined total of more than $2 billion from long-term stays alone, from Q1 2021 through Q1 2022 – and Hosts in Canada have earned more than $280 million. dollars from long-term stays over the same period.

Additionally, Airbnb has identified the top destinations in both countries that Hosts can earn by hosting long-stay guests, based on median Host earnings in Q1 2022. In the United States:

  • La Quinta, California
  • Delray Beach, Florida
  • Marco Island, Florida
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Indio, California

And in Canada:

  • Whistler, British Columbia
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mont Tremblant, Quebec
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Kitchener, Ont.

The best equipped

With hosts across the United States and Canada already earning by hosting long-stay travelers, Airbnb rounded up the destinations with the highest share of long-stay-ready listings, based on cities and towns with at least 1,000 active listings in Q1 2022. . In the USA:

  • Irvine, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Seattle, Washington

And in Canada:

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Gatineau, Quebec
  • Victoria, British Columbia

Yet customers aren’t limited to destinations with a high share of long-term ready listings. In May, Airbnb launched Split Stays, an innovative feature that provides more options for longer stays by splitting a trip between two homes. When searching for a specific destination, Split Stays automatically appears in search results, which means customers will typically see around 40% more listings when searching for longer stays.

The most hospitable

Airbnb looked at cities in the United States and Canada with some of the highest percentages of five-star reviews for long-term stays, identifying some of the “most hospitable” cities for digital nomads. In the USA:

  • Curvature, Oregon (93.7%)
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico (91.7%)
  • Boulder, Colorado (91%)
  • Key West, Florida (90.2%)
  • Fresno, CA (90%)

And in Canada:

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia (92.6%)
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba (87.7%)
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia (87.1%)
  • Surrey, British Columbia (86.1%)
  • Kelowna, British Columbia (86.1%)

The most affordable

Airbnb studied the average price per night for long-term stays, considering destinations that had at least 1,000 long-stay nights booked in Q1 2022, to determine some of the most affordable destinations for nomads living in the United States and Canada. In the USA:

  • Tulalip, Washington (US$16.9 per night)
  • Catlett, Virginia (US$21.8 per night)
  • Garretson, SD ($24.3 USD per night)
  • Lamberton, Minnesota ($24.4 per night)
  • Angleton, TX ($24.5 per night)

And in Canada:

  • Trois-Rivières, Quebec (US$35.6 per night)
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta (US$41.3 per night)
  • Gatineau, Quebec (US$44.5 per night)
  • Thorold, Ontario ($46.9 USD per night)
  • Quebec, Quebec ($48 USD per night)

The most popular

Airbnb has also compiled the destinations with some of the most booked long-term stays in Q1 2022. In the United States:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Houston, TX
  • Seattle, Washington

And in Canada:

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Calgary, AB
  • Victoria, British Columbia

Customers return to the cities once again – and choose not just to stay, but to “live” off them. Gross room nights booked to high-density urban destinations increased by 80% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the first quarter of 2021.

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