Long Island is the most expensive place to store your stuff

3 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts
Public Storage in Norman, OK - the country's cheapest self-storage location

One of the things we track here at Thinknum is the locations and prices of self-storage companies throughout the United States and the world.

Why? Well, because the self-storage business is a $38 billion industry in America, and it's growing. That's because Americans have stuff - lots of it - and they need a place to put it all.

So we took a look at America's largest self-storage company, Public Storage ($NYSE:PSA), and cost-averaged over 100,000 individual storage units in 915 cities. We then grouped them by city to determine which cities are the most expensive - and cheapest - places to put your stuff. It turns out that the most-expensive place to store yourself is in Garden City, NY, an urban area just outside New York City. When it comes to the least-expensive place to store your things, Norman, Oklahoma (just outside of Oklahoma City) takes those honors.

The map below shows Public Storage locations in the United States (click for a larger view):

Most-Expensive Self-Storage Cities

City

State

Storage Unit Price (Average)

Garden City

NY

$283.18

Tarzana

CA

$273.07

Pearl City

HI

$256.35

Santa Barbara

CA

$248.78

Sunny Isles Beach

FL

$248.00

Fountain Valley

CA

$243.20

Valencia

CA

$241.78

Venice

CA

$239.31

San Rafael

CA

$238.27

Port Washington

NY

$225.93

Garden City, NY has a population of 22,616 (as of 2014) and a median household income of $163,266. Median gross rent in 2016 was $1,960.

Least-Expensive Self-Storage Cities

City

State

Storage Unit Price (Average)

Norman

OK

$43.28

Lawton

OK

$46.09

Augusta

GA

$49.18

Broken Arrow

OK

$49.69

Midfield

AL

$50.08

Ocala

FL

$50.18

Moore

OK

$50.25

Edmond

OK

$52.24

Kearns

UT

$55.33

Oklahoma City

OK

$56.79

Norman, Oklahoma has a population of 122,186 (as of 2016) and a median household income of $52,041. Median gross rent is $788.

Curious Thinknum subscribers can the the raw data here.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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