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The Indy 500 drives huge Airbnb traffic for Indianapolis in 2024

Visitors looking for a place to stay are quickly selling out local Airbnbs, particularly in Speedway.

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Local Airbnb hosts know: The Indy 500 is just one of many events this year causing a huge surge in demand for places for out-of-town visitors to stay overnight.

Over last year’s Indy 500 weekend, local hosts collectively earned nearly $1.5 million from welcoming guests from around the world, and this year may just beat that number.

Here are the top 10 origin cities guests are coming from:

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Houston, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Westfield, New Jersey
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Hammond, Indiana

In a surprise twist, guests who already live in Indy made the list of top origin cities as well (aka locals booking stays for friends and families visiting for the big event).
If you’re still looking for a place for loved ones to stay so that you don’t have to host them, you might have some luck with our unique local Airbnb guide.

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