Iowa’s Airbnb hosts earned millions in 2018. These were the most popular destinations

Iowa Airbnb hosts earned $9.3 million in 2018, as nearly 100,000 visitors used the vacation rental service across the state.

Last year’s total represented a steep increase over the previous year: In 2017, Iowans earned $5.8 million from about 60,000 bookings. 

As in other states, Airbnb guests can choose from an array of unique destinations in Iowa, including a teepee in Williamsburg, an old train depot in Washington, a caboose near Decorah, or a loft on the Oskaloosa town square.

But users most frequently stayed in Iowa’s largest metro area last year.

With 25,000 guest arrivals, Polk County was the state’s most popular destination. Bookings in the county brought in $2.4 million.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, brought in the second-largest count with 9,500 arrivals and $970,000 in revenue.

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