If you’ve never rented self-storage before, this post will help answer one very important question you’re sure to have: how much does a self-storage unit cost to rent each month? Find your city on our interactive pricing map.


Imagine this: you’re embarking on a worldwide adventure and need a place to stash your things while you’re away. Or perhaps you decide to move to a smaller apartment and need some extra space to store some of your belongings temporarily. Whatever the circumstances might be, life events come up all the time that trigger a need for storage. Depending on where you live, the price of storage will vary considerably, but how much 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 U.S. Whether it’s standard or climate-controlled storage you’re looking for, we’ve got pricing for your city in the three most popular unit sizes: 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’ and 10 ’x 20’.

Self Storage Unit Cost in the U.S. 2018

So How Much Does a Storage Unit Cost to Rent?

The cost of self-storage varies depending on your location, availability and the amount of items you plan to store. As a first step, you should decide which size unit you need. Along with the nationwide price averages for our most popular size units, we’ve included some guidelines to help you get a better idea of which size unit is the right fit for you.

For expert advice on selecting a storage unit size, try our size estimator or call your local Life Storage. Our store managers would be happy to help.

Average Monthly Cost for a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit: $75.95

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 or so boxes that you can’t seem to find a place for, a 5’ x 10’ unit is the right fit for you.

While the average price of this size unit in the U.S. comes in at $75.95, you can expect to pay more than that in metro areas like Washington, DC and Los Angeles, California. The average price for a standard unit of this size in the U.S. is $69.54 while the average for a climate controlled unit is $82.60.

Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 10’ Storage Unit: $122.15

Are you wondering if a 10’ x 10’ unit is the right size for you and your belongings? To give you some context, a 10’ x 10’ unit has the capacity to store furniture and the contents of a one-bedroom apartment, including a few large appliances.

The average price of a standard 10’ x 10’ storage unit in the U.S. is $111.89 and the average for a climate controlled unit comes in at $133.01.

Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 20’ Storage Unit: $200.50

If you have a few rooms worth of furniture and belongings to find a temporary home for, the 10’ x 20’ unit is the one for you. This size unit is designed to house the furnishings and appliances from a 2-3 bedroom home.

You can expect to pay around $180 per month for a standard 10’ x 20’ unit in the U.S. and around $222 for the same size with climate control. Similar to the other sizes, you should anticipate that monthly price to be higher in larger cities like New York City and San Francisco.

Read Also: What are the benefits of climate controlled storage units?

But How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Unit in Your City?

All of this talk about pricing has probably gotten you curious about the monthly rates you can expect to pay for storage in your current (or soon to be) city. To bring our pricing analysis to life, 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 your city on the map and 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 Our Storage Cost Map:

Cost of Self-Storage Units in 2018 in the Untied States of America

As we might have expected, New York is where you’ll have to pay the most to store your things. New York City has the highest monthly prices for 4 of the 6 size and types of self-storage units in our analysis. Queens, New York, had the highest prices for the remaining two sizes. Small living spaces in New York City drive a continual demand for storage, which means higher prices in comparison to other U.S. cities.

On the contrary, which states can you expect to pay the least for a self-storage unit in the U.S.? Many of the lowest monthly storage costs can be found in Oklahoma. The lowest monthly price for a 5’ x 10’ standard unit is in Tulsa. Oklahoma City has the lowest monthly prices for 10’ x 10’ and 10’ x 20’ climate-controlled storage units, which is a need for Oklahomans when the extreme summer temperatures hit. Toledo, Ohio has the lowest monthly price for a 5’ x 10’ climate-controlled and you can find the lowest price for a 5’ x 5’ standard unit in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Monthly Storage Unit Costs by U.S. City

Standard Self-Storage Unit Costs by City

Climate Controlled Storage Costs by City

Now that you’re in the know on 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’ve locked in your unit, use your space efficiently so as not to pay more than necessary each month.

Read Also: How to Get the Most Value From Your Storage Rental

Are there any cities you’re curious about that we didn’t include in our analysis? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author


Molli Spear

Molli is an expert in all things related to moving, storage, and home organization. She graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor's degree and spent several years of her career in the self storage industry. As a mother of three and a stay-at-home mom, Molli knows how difficult it can be to stay organized at home when things are feeling a little cramped. That's why she contributes to the Life Storage Blog.

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