Seattle named by Airbnb as a top destination for long-term rentals

by Patrick Regan

The beautiful distant skyline of Seattle, Washington shot from an altitude of approximately 800 feet during a helicopter photo flight on a sunny summer afternoon.

Airbnb recently analyzed its top U.S. destinations for long-term guests and hosts, based on affordability, hospitality, popularity and other factors, and Seattle was cited multiple times.

Airbnb’s most popular cities for long-term rentals in the first quarter of the year were, in order, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston and Seattle.

Airbnb said more long-term guests are returning to cities and choosing a digital nomad lifestyle as more employers offer workplace flexibility.

Seattle also made the list of U.S. destinations with the highest share of long-term stay listings, based on cities and towns with at least 1,000 active listings as of Q1 2022. Those cities were, in order: Irvine, California; Los Angeles; Cincinnati; Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Seattle.

The study also cited Tulalip in Snohomish County as the most affordable community in the nation for nomadic living, among cities with 1,000 or more long-term stay nights booked in the first quarter of the year. 

The top five were Tulalip, at $16.90 per night, followed by Catlett, Virginia ($21.80); Garretson, South Dakota ($24.30); Lamberton, Minnesota ($24.40), and Angleton, Texas ($24.50).

The study also cited La Quinta, California, as the top place for hosts to earn money from long-term rentals and Bend, Oregon, as the most hospitable destination for long-term renters. 

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