Miami Beach ranked # 1 US city for Airbnb per capita

Despite strenuous efforts by local authorities to restrict short-term rentals, a new report shows Miami Beach is Airbnb’s per capita champion in the entire United States.

According to a study by the financial consultancy firm IPX 1031, Miami Beach had 3,416 Airbnb listings per 50,000 residents, the highest of any city in the country.

Florida cities took seven of the places in the study’s top 10 slots, which ranked a total of 30 cities using statistics from the third quarter of 2019.

Kissimmee, the city that took advantage of its proximity to theme park attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, took second place with a rate of 2,880 registrations per 50,000 residents.

The other Florida cities in order of ranking: Daytona Beach (fourth with 1,108 listings), Miami (sixth with 1,034 listings), Fort Lauderdale (eighth with 1,016 listings), Orlando (ninth with 988 listings) and Hollywood (10th with 984 announcements).

Collin Czarnecki, the IPX 1031 researcher who conducted the study, said the dominance of Florida cities in the top 10 locations was surprising but ultimately made sense.

“When you go into the study, you think of the destination cities, so Miami Beach and Miami weren’t surprisingly,” he said. “Kissimmee and Orlando make sense because they offer a good alternative for large families who are planning a theme park vacation and don’t want to stay in a hotel. But other cities such as Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale testify to Florida’s general appeal as a tourist attraction, especially with its warm winter climate.

Czarnecki said the study used the per capita rate of 50,000 people to help visualize the prevalence of Airbnbs in the country. In terms of registration volume, however, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC and Boston would have topped the list.

Despite their popularity, Airbnbs are technically illegal in Miami Beach. Short-term rentals are prohibited in most of the city, with the exception of the small pockets along Collins Avenue and Harding Avenue in North Beach.

But although city officials raised the price of the first breaches to $ 20,000 in March 2016 – subsequent breaches adding an additional $ 20,000, to a maximum of $ 100,000 – the popularity of short-term rentals has failed. weakened.

In October, the city received a legal blow from a circuit judge who ruled that the $ 20,000 was in violation of a state law that prohibits fines for violation of the code exceeding $ 1,000 per day. .

Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said the city plans to appeal the decision and will continue to enforce its Airbnb laws during the appeal process.

This story was originally published October 29, 2019 4:30 a.m.

René Rodriguez has worked for the Miami Herald in a variety of roles since 1989. He currently writes for the office of affairs covering real estate and the city’s affordability crisis.

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