You’ll never guess which city has the most Airbnb properties

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has absolutely exploded in popularity. It’s posted impressive growth numbers every year since its San Francisco debut, and despite the platform’s ubiquity, it shows no signs of slowing down. However, as with any global platform, some cities have become much more popular than others. The table below shows the top ten cities with the most Airbnb properties available.

At the top of the list is Paris, where you can choose from 78,000 properties dotted around the artistic and trendy Marais district, Diverse and picturesque Belleville, and the rest of the twenty boroughs of the city. The City of Light offers many unique options to suit your mood, ranging from whitewashed minimalist studios to spacious artist lofts, and more are added every day. In the three months from June 1 to September 1, 2016, Airbnb saw a 20% increase in guest arrivals in Paris and an impressive 80% increase in the rest of France. These figures firmly secure France’s place as Airbnb’s second largest global market, behind the United States.

An Airbnb apartment in the Marais district of Paris. Photo: Airbnb


Number two on the list is London, which has 47,000 Airbnb properties across the city. London has also seen widespread growth in its number of Airbnb properties over the past two years, leading to options ranging from a garden yurt has a Shoreditch hipster haven. After London, four other European cities make the list, while New York, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Barcelona, ​​Rome, Copenhagen, Sydney and Amsterdam complete the top ten respectively.

An Airbnb loft in Shoreditch, London. Photo: Airbnb


From a per capita perspective, the high concentration of Airbnb listings in Paris is staggering, even to those familiar with the city. The 78,000 listings in Paris equates to roughly one Airbnb property for every thirty people, while the 47,000 properties in second-place London equates to one Airbnb property for every two hundred people. Compare the numbers for Paris to those for Shanghai, which has around ten times the population, and you’d be surprised to learn that Shanghai doesn’t rank in the top ten. In fact, none of the twenty largest megacities in the world by population – a list that includes Beijing, New Delhi, Istanbul, Tokyo, São Paulo, Mexico City and others – makes the top ten here. Obviously, Airbnb has spread to the United States and Europe much faster than to Asia, Africa and beyond.

If ever William Gibson’s famous line comes to mind, it’s here and now. “The future is already here – it’s just not distributed very evenly.”

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The top ten cities with the most Airbnb listings. Chart by Statista


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