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Interesting facts about Airbnb in Boston

Here are some interesting facts about Airbnb in Boston:

• The Back Bay is home to the most Airbnb listings of any neighborhood. There were 188 properties advertised there, according to a Globe review of data collected earlier this month by online data extraction software company import.io.

• The average price per night for an Airbnb stay in the Back Bay is $239.58, around the same as the average for hotel rooms in the neighborhood, which, as of 2013, was $230 per night, according to a report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

• The area of Boston with the second largest number of listings is Allston-Brighton, where rates were far lower, averaging $119.35 per night, the Globe’s analysis found.


Airbnb listings, price by neighborhood
The site has 1,496 properties listed in Boston.
Neighborhood No. of listings Avg price
Allston-Brighton 178 $119.35
Back Bay 188 $239.58
Beacon Hill 103 $180.38
Charlestown 54 $242.65
Dorchester 93 $104.71
Downtown 96 $274.10
East Boston 45 $118.84
Fenway/Kenmore 110 $190.75
Jamaica Plain 129 $157.17
Mission Hill 41 $136.37
North End 80 $211.76
Roslindale 42 $99.00
Roxbury 72 $150.79
South Boston 86 $234.97
South End 145 $203.23
West End 34 $233.82
SOURCE: Globe/import.io analysis

• For the year ending in June 2014, some 34,000 people visited Boston using Airbnb, contributing an estimated $51 million to the area's economy, including spending $8.8 million on Airbnb bookings, according to the company.

• More than half of hosts said the extra income — the typical host in Boston earns $8,000 per year — has helped them to stay in their homes, according to the company.

Types of properties listed on Airbnb
Of the 1,496 listings in Boston, the typical ad is for a one-bed, one-bathroom spot with a 4.6 out of 5 rating.
Property type % of listings
Apartment 80.4%
House 13.1%
Condominium 2.3%
Bed & Breakfast 1.5%
Loft 1.5%
Townhouse 0.5%
Boat 0.4%
Other 0.2%
Villa 0.1%
SOURCE: Globe/import.io analysis

• The user with the most listings was not an individual. It was a relocation agency named SeamlessTransitions, which had 56 properties listed. The company provides an array of services to help companies move people to a new city. The owner, Kitty Franklin, said the 10-year-old business existed before Airbnb and the site is just one of the ways it advertises.

Airbnb listings, price by suburb
The site has 1,286 properties listed in areas just outside Boston.
Area No. of listings Avg price
Brookline 141 $146.80
Cambridge 591 $164.75
Chelsea 14 $112.43
Malden 32 $86.31
Medford 63 $91.44
Newton 83 $142.10
Revere 37 $98.43
Somerville 290 $136.13
Winthrop 30 $121.60
Other 5 $228.20
SOURCE: Globe/import.io analysis

• With 1,496 properties listed in the city of Boston, Airbnb appears to be the busiest of short-term rental sites. The Globe’s analysis found there are about 350 listings on HomeAway and 175 more on FlipKey. Other sites where people advertise their homes include 9Flats, Roomorama, VRBO, and Craigslist.


Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele