FARGO — A third of Airbnb hosts in North Dakota say the rental money they earn helps keep them in their homes.
This tidbit is part of a report released this month by Airbnb, a company that works with property owners to help them rent out their property to temporary guests.
North Dakota hosts welcomed 6,000 visitors in the first five months of 2019, earning them about $600,000, according to the report.
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The report, which focused on the impact the Airbnb-host relationship has had on rural populations, said that in 2018 North Dakota hosts welcomed 13,000 guests into their homes and earned about $1 million.
The report said that in 2018 the number of Airbnb guests traveling to states with over 35% rural population increased more than 60 percent year-over-year, helping hosts in those states earn over $316 million.
The North Dakota numbers for the first five months of 2019 showed a year-over-year increase of 67% when it came to the number of guests and a 91% increase in the amount of money collected by hosts.
South Dakota Airbnb hosts greeted 73,000 guests in 2018 and 22,000 guests during the first five months of 2019. Also, South Dakota hosts earned $7 million last year and $2 million in the first five months of 2019, the report said.
Airbnb, which started in 2008 during the Great Recession, now has more than 6 million listings in 191 countries and 100,000 cities.