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The service was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark for the San Francisco Bay Area. It started as a simple e-mail list that Craig used to post to his friends about events happening in the San Francisco area. After incorporation as a private for-profit company in 1999, Craigslist expanded into nine more U.S. cities in 2000, four each in 2001 and 2002, and 14 in 2003. By September 2007, Craigslist had established itself in approximately 450 cities in 50 countries. By 2017 they expanded to over 700 locations and 70 countries. The site serves over 50 billion page views per month. More than 60 million people use Craigslist each month in the US. They post over 80 million classified ads each month. 40 people were working at Craigslist in 2017. [1] Their sole source of revenue are paid classified ads in select cities and certain categories, such as job listings and rentals.


  • In July 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle criticized Craigslist for allowing ads from dog breeders, and thereby allegedly encouraging the over breeding and irresponsible selling of pit bulls in the Bay Area.[2]
  • In January 2006, the San Francisco Bay Guardian published an editorial criticizing Craigslist for moving into local communities and "threatening to eviscerate" local alternative newspapers. Craigslist has been compared to Wal-Mart, a multinational corporation that some feel crushes small local businesses when they move into towns and offer a huge assortment of goods at cheaper prices.[3]

Nonprofit foundation

In 2001, the company started the Craigslist Foundation, a § 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps emerging nonprofit organizations get established, gain visibility, attract the attention of potential donors, and develop the skills and knowledge required for long-term success.

It accepts charitable donations, and rather than directly funding organizations, it produces face-to-face events and offers online resources to help grassroots organizations get off the ground and contribute real value to the community.


  • NYPRESS: 2003, Best Local Website, by Manhattan Reader's Poll[4]
  • Webby: 2001, Best Community Site, by the Academy[5]


The first 14 city sites were: [6] (entire list)

Vancouver, British Columbia, was the first non U.S. city included. London was the first city outside North America.

In November 2004, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Paris, Sao Paulo and Tokyo became the first cities outside of primarily English speaking countries.

In May 2008, 500 cities in 50 countries are represented.[6]


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