St. George’s popularity soars for Airbnb rentals – St George News

ST. GEORGE- St. George has earned one of the top spots as where most Utah residents rent an Airbnb. A national study shows that St. George, Park City and Salt Lake City share the honor of being the most popular places for short-term rentals.

Financial company IPX 1031 compared more than 2,000 cities and towns across the country from May 2021 to May 2022. The company also found the comforts people prefer in their short-term rentals.

“Top amenities Utahans seek include a rental car, luxury bathroom, and patio,” IPX 1031 spokesperson Allison Hadley said in an email to St. George News. “And the best amenity for a national search for short rentals is a luxury bathroom.”

IPX 1031 analyzed Google search trends to see the top three Airbnb destinations in each state. Hadley said IPX 1031 analyzed the most disproportionately popular Google search terms related to Airbnb rentals in more than 2,000 cities and towns across the country from May 2021 to May 2022.

“Our methodology used Google search trend analysis of phrases around Airbnb rentals by state from May 2021 to May 2022, comparing to the national average to ensure states with lower populations would still reflect their specific search trends” , Hadley said.

Short Term Arcade House, Paradise Village, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Red Rock Vacation Rentals, St. George News

The study chose this method of analysis to level the playing field between smaller states with a lower population or lower search volume, such as Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska. States with large populations with higher search volumes are California, Texas, and Florida.

The results also note that while many Americans are more interested in traveling to their state’s main city, many want a more rural experience. The study found that visitors who opt for a more populated area often go away for the weekend to catch a concert or enjoy the nightlife. According to the website, the most Googled destinations in many states are their state capital.

The study says others are looking for locations outside of major metropolitan areas, such as searching for Airbnbs in southern Utah. And those in Arkansas who are looking for hot springs or Virginians who want to go to Virginia Beach.

According to the City of St. George, it only allows short-term rentals in designated areas. Short term rentals of less than 28 days are not permitted in single family areas.

The website says the code enforcement team has two officers to help provide a safe environment for the community.

“The City Council has passed ordinances to protect and preserve our neighborhoods. The role of each code enforcement officer is to enforce city ordinances, thereby bringing violating properties into compliance,” the website states.

Each officer is assigned a neighborhood to develop relationships with local residents and businesses with the goal of understanding their neighborhood’s stories, challenges, concerns, and compliance issues that are specific to those neighborhoods.

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