What is Craigslist

Craigslist (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.

In March 2008, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported. As of August 9, 2012, over 700 cities and areas in 70 countries have Craigslist sites. Some Craigslist sites cover large regions instead of individual metropolitan areas—for example, the U.S. states of Delaware and Wyoming, the Colorado Western Slope, the California Gold Country, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are among the locations with their own Craigslist sites.


Type of business Private company
Type of site
Available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Founded 1995 (incorporated 1999)
Headquarters San Francisco, CaliforniaU.S.
Area served 570 cities in 70 countries
Founder(s) Craig Newmark
Key people Jim Buckmaster (CEO)
Services Web communications
Revenue Increase US$ 694 million (2016)
Net income Increase US$ 500 million (2016)
Employees 50 (2017)
Website www.craigslist.org
Alexa rank Decrease 110 (February 2017)
Advertising None
Registration Optional
Launched 1995; 23 years ago
Current status Active
Written in Perl