No. 1: Chicago,95.3: Supply has yet to catch up to demand in the Windy City. Chicago is one of the top Airbnb markets for both business and leisure, and now is the optimal time for investment opportunities.
No. 2: Tulsa, 92.5: Property prices in Tulsa are some of the lowest on this list. Combine that with increasing demand for alternative rentals – and what is now an extremely limited supply of such rentals – and this surprise inclusion finds itself edging its way towards the top.
No. 3: Memphis, 90.5: There’s more to Memphis than Graceland and barbecue, and visitors are catching on. Demand for alternative accommodations is growing, and low prices make Memphis a great investment.
No. 4: Nashville, 90.3: Now is the time to invest in Nashville short-term rentals while prices are reasonable and visitors continue to flock to the city for business and entertainment.
No. 5: Seattle, 87.8: Despite high prices and unfriendly regulatory environments, an exceptionally high demand for alternative accommodations in the city makes Seattle an attractive market.
No. 6: Atlanta, 85.2: Who says a new stadium doesn’t have economic benefits? Atlanta purchase prices are affordable, and sports and business events draw a steady stream of both business and leisure travelers to Atlanta.
No. 7: San Antonio, 82.3: This Texan city is more than the Alamo and Riverwalk. More people want to visit San Antonio than ever – spurred (get it?) partially by the March Madness Final Four games – and many are looking beyond traditional hotels.
No. 8: Savannah, Ga., 82.0: Although rental regulators aren’t as welcoming as the hosts themselves, this charming Southern city offers rental property owners a solid return on investment.
No. 9: Albuquerque, 65.0: Reasonable purchase prices coupled with a great four-season market make Albuquerque a great place for more than just retirees.
No. 10: Detroit, 63.8: Rounding out the top 10, Detroit purchase prices are on the rise, but compared to nearly every other city on this list, they still look like a steal.
No. 11: Kansas City, Mo., 60.2: The original home of Google Fiber, it's not just bits and bytes that are traveling at unprecedented speeds in KC. With increasing demand from both leisure and business travelers that supply has not yet met, this market remains a great one for investment.
No. 12: Little Rock, Ark., 59.9: As with many other cities on this list, Little Rock does not attract nearly the number of visitors as places like the Big Apple. That being said, its housing prices are nowhere near the same either, making it a place to keep on your short list for investment.
No. 13: Charleston, S.C, 57.4: Speaking of Southern Charm, Charleston has the food scene, history and beautiful beaches that keep both business and leisure travelers coming at all times of the year.
No. 14: Minneapolis, 57.2: The cuter of the Twins, at least when it comes to return on your rental property investment.
No. 15: Milwaukee, 57.1: Is it a surging Bucks team, or hipsters' fondness for PBR? Who knows, but for now Milwaukee makes it into our top 20.
No. 16: Las Vegas, 52.4: Who says what happens in Vegas has to stay there? As people look beyond the Hangover Suite for a place to stay, your earnings can leave with you should you decide to invest in this booming city.
No. 17: Columbus, Ohio, 52.4: Columbus has far more to offer than football, but to make the most of an investment here, make sure you act before the season starts!
No. 18: Charlotte, N.C., 47.1: Competing with Atlanta for regional primacy has never been easy, but as a financial hub with far more to offer, Charlotte breaks into the top 20 urban markets for short-term rental investments in 2018.
No. 19: Los Angeles, 45.7: The stars flock to L.A. in droves, and with great returns available (at least in the pockets where short-term rentals are legal), so do investors.
No. 20: Raleigh, N.C., 44.5: Proximity to tech hub Research Triangle Park, endless breweries and recreational activities make Raleigh a prime destination for mixing business and leisure.