New Year’s resolutions for most involve starting a new exercise routine, reading more books or learning a language – for some, a new year is an opportunity to embark on the adventure of becoming an Airbnb Host. In 2022, we welcomed new Airbnb Hosts from every walk of life, who saw a space and imagined both the magic of hosting and the potential additional income that comes with it.
In addition to meeting guests from all over the world, Hosting is a great way to earn while you travel, to help offset the costs of the holiday season, and to combat the rising cost of living. In fact, between January and September 2022, new Hosts in the US have collectively earned over $1.5 billion in income on Airbnb.
Top New Hosts of 2022
At Airbnb, we have sought to make it easier than ever to sign up to be an Airbnb Host. Most recently, we launched Airbnb Setup, which gives new Hosts one-to-one guidance from a Superhost, meaning that new Hosts are matched with Superhosts in their area to guide them through the entire hosting process by phone, video call, or chat.
We also know that the individual effort that all Hosts but especially those new to the platform put in is incredible, inspiring and deserving of recognition. With that in mind, we sought to identify and celebrate the top new Airbnb Host in each of the 50 US states for 2022. Each of these new Hosts:
- Began hosting their first and only Airbnb listing in 2022
- Have the most check-ins in their individual state
- Have already achieved Superhost status
Among these new Hosts:
- Nearly 6,000 check-ins were achieved between Q1 and Q3 2022
- 64 percent of these new Hosts are women
- 52 percent have listings in urban areas versus 48 percent in rural areas
Our journey of discovering the top new Hosts also led us to uncover why Hosting can be so rewarding. Here is some inspiration and advice from our top new Hosts:
Karla and Andrew (Phoenix, Arizona):
“The first time we stayed in an Airbnb we were amazed by the hospitality offered by the host, we thought one day we could become Superhosts. We are young newlyweds, our first home luckily had a separate guest house and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to start Hosting on Airbnb. For those considering Hosting, our advice is to do it with passion, not just for the money but also because you want to provide the best experience for the people who will stay with you.”
Jennifer (Billings, Montana):
“During Covid I was forced to close the doors of my 16 year old business. I was looking for a new path to take in life so I could continue working from home. My very good friend suggested I open my home to Airbnb guests. I thought she was crazy, thinking no one would want to stay in my home. She started to explain how much she enjoys coming for a stay, how I make her feel so comfortable and cater to her every need. believe that in order to be successful, there is no such thing as cutting corners and that you must treat others the way you would want to be treated when visiting somebody’s home. My advice to new Hosts is to appreciate your guests and go the extra mile to make them feel special.”
Luke (Burlington, Vermont):
“Our advice is to consider your location, your price point and size, because bigger is not always better, be a great communicator expressing your appreciation and giving guests the right info at the right time, provide everything needed for a comfortable stay, clean the place far better than your own home, always ask for feedback and act on it, you’re the ambassador for your city/state, and above all have fun!”
See below for an interactive map with all of the Hosts. For anyone interested in joining this group of new Hosts for 2022 and beyond, visit Airbnb.com/host.