Imagine that you’re embarking on a worldwide adventure and need a place to stash your things while you’re away. Or perhaps you’re moving to a smaller apartment and need some extra space to store your belongings temporarily. Whatever the circumstances might be, life events come up all the time that trigger a need for storage. But is how much does a self storage unit cost you to rent?
Storage unit costs vary from state to state and city to city. To determine the average cost of self-storage in various cities across the country, we combined our pricing data with three of the other largest self-storage companies in the United States. Whether it’s standard or climate-controlled storage you’re looking for, we’ve got pricing for several cities. Our analysis looks at the three most popular unit sizes: 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’, and 10 ’x 20’.
Average Storage Unit Costs
The cost of a storage unit depends on your location, unit availability, and which size unit you need. Below you’ll find the nationwide price averages for our most popular storage units. We’ve also included some guidelines to help you get a better idea of which size space is the right fit for you.
Average Monthly Cost for a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit
Standard unit: $65.23
Climate Controlled: $76.30
The average price of this size unit in the U.S. is modest. However, you will pay considerably more than that in metro areas like Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, California. For example, the average price for a standard 5’x10’ unit in Los Angeles is $149, while the average for a climate-controlled 5’x10’ unit is $171.
A 5×10 unit is right for you if: You’re looking for a space to store your lawnmower and other yard equipment, a sofa, and a chest of drawers that don’t have a place or your home right now, or a dozen boxes.
Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 10’ Storage Unit
Standard unit: $107.28
Climate Controlled: $126.08
Are you wondering how a smaller city compares? For example, a smaller area like Columbus, OH, the average price of a standard 10’ x 10’ storage unit is $104, and the average cost for a climate-controlled 10’ x 10’ unit is $129.
A 10×10 unit is right for you if: You’re looking to store furniture and the contents of a one-bedroom apartment, including a few large appliances.
Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 20’ Storage Unit
Standard unit: $179.59
Climate Controlled: $217.26
Similar to the other sizes, the monthly price will be higher in larger cities like New York City and San Francisco. In Los Angeles, you’ll pay around $425 per month for a standard 10’ x 20’ unit and about $473 for the same size with climate control.
A 10×20 unit is right for you if: You’re looking to store a few rooms worth of furniture and belongings. This size unit is designed to house the furnishings and appliances from a 2-3 bedroom home.
Prices of Storage Units in Your City
Are you curious about the monthly storage unit rates in your current (or soon to be) city? To help you visualize cost difference, we created an interactive tool that maps out average monthly pricing for the most popular unit sizes in cities across the U.S.
Simply locate and click on your city on the map below. There you’ll find the average monthly costs for climate-controlled and standard 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’, and 10 ’x 20’ size units.
Click the Image Below to View this Storage Cost Map
As you might have expected, New York is where you’ll pay the most to store your things. Small living spaces in New York City drive a continual demand for storage. This means higher prices in comparison to other U.S. cities.
Most Expensive Place for Storage
New York City averaged the highest monthly prices for five of the six types of self-storage units included in our analysis. However, Queens, New York, had the highest price for the remaining 10×20 climate-controlled unit. The cost was an average of $691 a month.
Least Expensive Place for Storage
On the contrary, which states can you expect to pay the least for a self-storage unit in the U.S.? Shreveport, LA has the lowest monthly prices for all sized standard units. Additionally, the lowest prices for climate-controlled storage was more spread out. For starters, Raleigh, NC has the lowest monthly rates for a 10’ x 10’ storage unit. Meridian, ID has the lowest monthly price for a 5’ x 10’ unit. You can find the lowest price for a 10’ x 20’ unit in Oklahoma City, OK.
Monthly Storage Unit Costs by U.S. City
Standard Self-Storage Unit Costs by City
Climate Controlled Storage Costs by City
Now that you are familiar with the average monthly rates for popular storage sizes, how can you ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck? In short, do your research before signing on the dotted line to confirm you’re getting the best rate. Once you rent a storage unit, use your space efficiently so that you don’t pay more than necessary each month.
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Update: This post originally published on February 21, 2018. It was revised on July 28, 2020 with the most up-to-date data on storage unit costs.