CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Airbnb users in North Carolina earned over $51 million in 2016, according to a report from the community-driven hospitality company.
Airbnb says the numbers represent an astounding 118-percent growth from 2015, as more North Carolina residents embrace the concept of sharing their home with a guest to earn supplemental income to make ends meet.
In Charlotte, 33,700 guests stayed at Airbnb locations, generating $4.5 million in income. The most popular spot in the state was Asheville, with a whopping $13.1 million host income being generated by over 104,000 guests.
Annual earnings for a typical host are in the neighborhood of around $5,400, Airbnb reports. Nearly half of those hosting (45%) are over the age of 50, and 64-percent of hosts are women.
Last February, then-Carolina Panthers safety Roman Harper listed his uptown apartment on Airbnb during the team's Super Bowl game.
Rounding out the top five were Raleigh, Wilmington, and Durham.