The $22 billion self-storage industry is a hidden giant among us. You probably drive past at least one storage facility on your daily commute, with or without realizing it. They’re everywhere, but you don’t notice because self-storage is boring— a boring goldmine, that is. It’s one of the fastest-growing sectors of commercial real estate, with the amount of storage space in the U.S. doubling to 2 billion square feet in a mere five years from 2000-2005.

Americans have a lot of stuff, and no where to put it. This is clear from the popularity of self-storage here as compared to other countries. We’re responsible for around 86% of the entire global self-storage market, with 50,100 storage facilities in the continental U.S. as of last year.

You might think big brands like Public Storage and U-Haul dominate the market. But only 9.6% of all facilities are owned by the five biggest companies. This is testament to how small business entrepreneurs have come out in droves to meet storage demand. Power to the mom-and-pops! We’re proud to be part of such a robust, successful and growing industry dominated by small business owners like us. And if we learned anything in the past four years, it’s a lot less boring than you might guess.


  • Tony

    Awesome visualization!

  • Megan

    Well done! I like the presentation, using infographic is very good concept.

    • Rachel Greenfield

      Thanks Megan! We’re glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading.

  • Jim Stratton

    A really excellent summary of the industry. Excellent graphic communication.

    • Rachel Greenfield

      Thank you, Jim!

  • Tim Dickinson

    Great article – excellent content and well written!
    Smartbox – we are leaders in Mobile Storage in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Sam G

    A really great infographic. It’s interesting to see how the self storage industry is so popular in the US.

  • Sean Carter

    I’ve been using Houston storage a lot lately and can see why its gaining in popularity, the extra space is just so handy

  • Mike Loshe

    Wow great info graphic, definitely going to have to give this a share!