You need a temporary place to stash your stuff, you don’t have enough room for some things in your own home, or maybe you need some extra space for your business inventory.

Whatever your reason for needing a self-storage unit, you definitely want to make sure you are paying a fair price. At SpareFoot, we help consumers find and compare storage options in their area. To give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for a storage unit, we’ve analyzed thousands of reservations made on our network in 2016 and compiled the results.

Average Cost by Size

The national average monthly price for all unit sizes is $87.15 a month, and the average price per square foot is $0.97 per square foot. The most popular size, a 5′ x 10′ unit, costs on average $63 a month, or $1.22 per square foot. The next most popular size, a 10′ by’ 10 unit costs on average $96.09 a month, or $0.96 per square foot.

The chart below shows the average cost for the 5 most commonly reserved storage unit sizes in the US, and the average for all available sizes combined. Keep in mind that these prices include both climate-controlled and units without climate control. Climate-controlled units are generally about 30 to 50 percent more expensive.

Average Cost by Location

Storage unit prices vary widely based on location. Montgomery, AL has the cheapest monthly storage rental rate at $51.84, or $0.64 per square foot. Lubbock, TX is the second cheapest at $52.39 a month, or $0.67 per square foot. It is probably no surprise that San Francisco, CA has the most expensive monthly storage rental rate in the country, at $157.61 per month, or $2.63 per square foot. The second most expensive storage market is Redwood City, CA where the average monthly rent was $141.81, or $2.12 per square foot. The map below shows average monthly price data for the 200 cities with the most reservations in 2016. Zoom in to compare prices to the location nearest you.

The table below shows average monthly cost and average price per square foot for 200 cities. You can search for your city or sort from highest to lowest by clicking on the table.

Alexander Harris
  • Paul Reynolds, Owner, SelfStor

    Mr Harris, why is there such large difference between average rate per unit and the rate psf. For Example Winston-Salem and Richmond VA are 101 and 102 and almost identical rates per unit but they have sharply different rates psf. Is it due to average unit size being so differeent in the two cities?

    • SpareFoot Editor

      Hi Paul! That Would be my guess as well. Actually I looked a little further into it and saw there are weird differences between size and price in the two cities.

      For example a 5×5 in Richmond averages $46.38/month while in Winston-Salem the average price for a 5×5 is $51.32. However a 10×10 in Richmond is $149.31/month, but cheaper in Winston at $141.05 a month.

      I’d venture to say that this probably is a result of local market supply/occupancy of those particular unit sizes.

  • Mike Matson

    Al, can you vefify the average cost per square foot? I’m not following how you get $1.22/sqft for the 5×10. $63.00/50sqft should be $1.26/sqft, no? Is there something more subtle I am missing?

    Thanks so much for this data aggregation! Great write up.