Decatur, AL Self Storage: FAQ
Which ZIP codes in Decatur offer the cheapest prices on storage? Which offer the steepest rates?
Prices on self storage in Decatur can change substantially with a few minutes drive in any direction. Those trying to find the cheapest storage in Decatur would do well by looking at facilities in the 30035 ZIP code, where storage units go for an average of $83.22 a month, the cheapest in all of Decatur. Storage is most pricey in the 30033 ZIP code, where you should expect to pay about $103.78 a month for a unit.
On average, how much does a storage unit in Decatur rent for?
Some storage seekers are able to find much cheaper rates by looking in nearby communities in addition to their own. By widening the breadth of your search, you'll open yourself up to even more facilities and a greater range of possibilities. This might make it more difficult to access your unit, but the extra money in your pocket every month may just be worth it. If self-storage (often known as public self storage and mini storage) in Decatur is more expensive than elsewhere, then you should definitely broaden your search. So we asked our analysts to find out.
An average price of $41.5 a month for a storage unit makes Decatur the 21st most expensive city in Alabama for self-storage, while Alabama itself is the 42nd most expensive state. In more exact terms, storage in Decatur costs an average of $15.46 less than the average storage unit in Alabama, which goes for 56.96.
While average prices will give you a good idea of how much you should expect to spend, they don't necessarily tell us if storage is relatively affordable in that city. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. Given that the average price of a storage unit in Decatur is $41.5 and the median income in Alabama is $42,407.00 a year, we can determine that a storage unit would require 1.17% of a median earner's monthly paycheck. When compared to the price of storage as a percent of income in all Alabama cities, Decatur ranks at the 20th percentile, meaning that storage here is extremely affordable.
The same holds true on a national scale, where storage in Decatur is comparatively very cheap, ranking at the 24th percentile among cities nationwide. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in Decatur should cost an average of $30.65 less than the national average price of 72.15.
How many storage facilities are there in Decatur, AL?
If your area is well-served by a large number of facilities, finding the right unit might be easier for you than for others in communities where less storage space is on offer. How many facilties are operating in Decatur?
According to the data on our facility network, there are 17 storage businesses operating in Decatur, AL. When compared to other cities in the state, Decatur offers a slightly-higher number of facilities, 4 more than the state average of 13 per city. This ranks Decatur as the 7th largest storage market out of 26 Alabama cities in terms of number of facilities, making up 4.93% of the state's total. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, Decatur still offers a full 8 more than the average.
But of course, there are vast differences in population between Decatur and other cities in Alabama, and even more so nationwide, so not controlling for population makes little sense. We ought to be comparing Decatur, with its population of 56,411, to cities of similar size. For its population, Decatur has a few more facilities than average. The average for cities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 is 11 facilities, which of course is 6 less than the 17 in Decatur. One might point out that comparing Decatur to cities of a similar size doesn't prove its healthy supply of storage space for the size of the population, and that a better measure would be actually looking at its facilities per capita. Well, we have, and it has firmly verified our former results. With 17 facilities for its 56,411 residents, Decatur ranks in the 61st percentile for self-storage facilities per person in cities nationwide. In other words, there's a pretty good amount of storage for each person in Decatur. While Decatur may have ranked well for storage facilities per capita versus other cities across the nation, it faces much more stiff competition back at home in Alabama. On its home turf, Decatur only manages to make the 36th percentile for storage businesses per inhabitant.
We feel we should also mention the fact that Decatur has seen moderate population increases in the past decade, jumping 4.2% from 2000 to 2010. That's not an inconsequential increase, however it is 3.3% less than the 7.5% growth the state of Alabama saw in total. Concluding that demand for storage in Decatur would be lower than in other cities in Alabama due to its relatively-low growth rate would, however, be ignoring the fact that Decatur has fewer facilities for its population than many of these cities, and that a shorter supply would have the same effects on price as high demand.
What kind of rental rates should I expect on Decatur, AL storage units?
It's hard to tell a good price on storage from a great one when you're unaware of how much self storage in Decatur should cost in the first place. Storage prices being as highly-dependent on location as they are, there's little use in comparing the facilities in Decatur with those in other cities you might have rented a storage unit in in the past. That's why the analysts at SelfStorage.com have crunched the numbers so that you can know what to expect before you begin your storage search.
Prices on storage in Decatur average $41.5 per month. If you have long term storage needs, keep in mind that that's an average price of $498 a year. Do keep in mind, though, that that average is for all unit sizes in Decatur together, so comparing it to individual units will do you little good. Different sizes of units can go for hundreds of dollars more or less than others, even in the same city. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Decatur, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. In Decatur, the average price for each standard size is:
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