Like millions of other travelers, I have used the accommodation service with mostly positive results. Lately though, it seems that most stories about Airbnb range from negative to nightmarish. Still, Airbnb remains the most popular rental service in most markets.
Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has morphed into one of the most popular travel and short-term accommodation apps on the market. In 2021 alone, there were more than 300 million booking made through the app. To visualize just how massive the Airbnb landscape has become in major cities, the graphic above, which was created by Preyash Shah, shows every single listing in New York, London, and Paris.
To make this graphic, Shah used September 2022 data from insideairbnb.com, a website that pulls data directly from the Airbnb app. Once collected, the raw data was then cleaned to include active listings only fitting a few key parameters:
- Any listing that did not have a review in 2022 was removed
- The most expensive listings were individually checked to ensure the listing price matched the actual historical price and removed if there was a major discrepancy. This is due to inactive listings that are extremely marked up instead of de-listed
After scrubbing the data, each city’s immediate metro area was left with roughly 20,000 listings. As the data shows, a majority of these listings were for entire apartments. Paris had the biggest share, with about 85% of listings for entire apartments rather than private or shared rooms. This is especially interesting considering that Paris has extremely strict regulations around short-term rentals and Airbnb usage, one being that an Airbnb rental must be someone’s primary residence.