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Ah, summertime in the District, when congressional pols head out of town and tourists flock to the muggy National Mall. But where are they all staying?
According to data from Airbnb, many seasonal D.C. visitors hang their hats on Capitol Hill. With more than 14,000 Airbnb bookings between Memorial Day and Aug. 31, the neighborhood leads the District’s 10 most popular for the space-sharing company’s guests during the warmest months, putting it well ahead of the H Street NE corridor and Columbia Heights. Those nabes hosted fewer than half of Capitol Hill’s Airbnb visitors.
Here’s a look at the rankings:
- Capitol Hill—over 14,000
- Near Northeast/H Street Corridor—6,700
- Columbia Heights—6,700
- Logan Circle—5,600
- Dupont Circle—5,200
- Adams Morgan—4,700
- U Street Corridor—4,300
The company notes that some of its users’ most popular summer destinations are areas that lack hotels and boast small businesses. Across the D.C. metro region, guests contributed to “more than $112 million in economic activity,” the company says. Guests in the D.C. area have spent an average of $146 a day on Airbnb bookings and have stayed about five nights on average from Memorial Day through August. The total number of Airbnb guests in the D.C. area this season (more than 125,000) jumped roughly 75 percent over the same period last year (nearly 72,000).