Self Storage in Huntsville: FAQ
How many storage businesses are there in Huntsville for me to compare? Does the city offer me a good number of facilities to choose from?
Some communities are home to plenty of storage businesses, offering those looking for storage a wide variety of choices, while other communities are less-well served and may need to expand their search into neighboring cities and suburbs. How many facilties are operating in Huntsville?
According to the data on our facility network, there are 28 storage businesses operating in Huntsville, AL. On average, cities in Alabama are home to only about 13 storage facilities, a full 15 less than Huntsville's 28, meaning coverage in Huntsville is reasonably high. Indeed, Huntsville ranks as the 4th city out of the 26 cities on our network in Alabama in terms of number of storage facilities, accounting for a whopping 8.12% of facilities in the state. The same holds true on a national level: Huntsville is home to 19 more facilities than the US average of 9 facilities per city.
But of course, comparing the raw number of storage facilities in Huntsville to other cities in Alabama and nationwide without taking population into account tells us very little. Are the 28 facilities in Huntsville sufficient at supplying the 179,652 people who call it home with enough extra storage space? Cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000 average 18 storage facilities, 10 fewer than Huntsville's 28, which leads us to conclude that Huntsville has a decent amount of storage space for a city its size. But on the other hand, Huntsville's count of facilities per capita seems to have contended the notion that it has tons of extra storage space for the 179,652 people living there. On a national scale, Huntsville ranks in the 40th percentile for self-storage facilities per person, clearly indicating that most other cities on our network offer a greater number of storage businesses per capita. In other words, due to a relative lack of extra storage space, the 179,652 people living in Huntsville might have a harder time locating the right storage unit for them than they would in other cities. Even for a Alabama city, Huntsville doesn't seem to be inundated with an overabundance of self-storage space, as it only ranks in the 8th percentile for storage businesses per person among cities in the state.
The fact that Huntsville is growing, and doing so at a rapid rate, also bears mentioning in our discussion of storage facilities per person. The US Census reports that Huntsville saw 12.2% more people move there in the first decade of this century, 4.7% more than the 7.5% population that Alabama saw altogether. Don't forget that Huntsville also offers relatively few facilities per person, meaning that its strong population growth may be exacerbating its shortage of storage.
Which areas of Huntsville are the cheapest for renting storage units? Which areas are the most costly?
Much like real estate, self-storage prices can change drastically within the space of a few miles in Huntsville. The 77320 ZIP code offers the best rates on storage in Huntsville, with an average price of $65.77 a month. You probably won't be finding the best deal on storage in the 35801 ZIP code in Huntsville, which with an average price of $100.97 a unit is the costliest place in town.
Is self storage in Huntsville inexpensive?
Just like real estate prices, prices on storage can be totally different in different parts of the same city. If you're searching for the cheapest storage unit out there, a good rule of thumb is to look farther abroad than you originally set out to. Sure, it might be more of a pain to drive to the facility, but hundreds of dollars in potential savings might alleviate that. That being said, if we can determine that self-storage (which also goes by mini storage and public storage) prices are lower in Huntsville than in other nearby cities, we can make it easier for you to decide whether or not to take the time on a wider search.
An average price of $74 a month for a storage unit makes Huntsville the 7th most expensive city in Alabama for self-storage, while Alabama itself is the 42nd most expensive state. In general, storage units in Huntsville go for $17.04 more than the state average of $56.96.
These average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage in one city is compared to another, as the cost of living changes from place to place. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. A storage unit in Huntsville will on average cost 2.09% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Alabama is $42,407.00. When compared to storage price as a percent of income in other cities in Alabama, Huntsville ranks in the 79th percentile, meaning that storage here is quite expensive.
The same holds true on a national scale, where storage in Huntsville is comparatively somewhat expensive, ranking at the 71st percentile among cities nationwide. Nationwide, storage costs an average $72.15 a month. Expect to pay about $1.85 more than that for self storage in Huntsville.
Self storage prices in Huntsville, AL seem to spike sharply during the month of June. If that's the most expensive month, which one is cheapest?
The self storage market being of a seasonal nature, the prices on offer at the moment could be substantially different from those you'll see two months from now. This seasonality is primarily driven by moving season, which lasts from May to September and generally causes storage prices to spike. The single busiest day for self-storage businesses is typically the notorious 'National Moving Day' (which facility operators have dubbed 'Crazy Tuesday' for the chaotic scene at many facilities) the day after Memorial Day. University towns often see the sharpest seasonal spikes, as college students rent a significant number of storage units when they go home during their summer break. Smaller sized units in particular will see a rise in price during this period.
There's not as much of a difference between prices during the high and low seasons in Huntsville as there is in other cities, meaning seasonality is less of a concern here. Still, booking during the low season and locking in your price with the facility is an important part of getting a good deal on self storage. Storage prices are at their highest in Huntsville during the month of June, where they hit an average price of $116.14, while prices are at their lowest in December, where they go for a low $47.18 a month.
How much does storage in Huntsville, AL cost?
You'll have a tough time telling a good deal on storage in Huntsville from a great one if you don't know what storage in Huntsville normally costs. After all, storage prices can vary widely from place to place, so the only comparison you can make is with other facilities in the area. In order to prevent you from going into your storage search unprepared, we here at SelfStorage.com have prepared the numbers you need to know.
Self storage units in Huntsville go for an average monthly price of $74. That's $888 a year, for those of you whose storage needs are of a lengthier nature. This average does encompass all storage unit sizes, so it should be taken with a large grain of salt. The actual price will largely depend upon the size of unit you're looking for. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Huntsville, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. The following are the average prices for each size:
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HUNTSVILLE SELF STORAGE: THE BOTTOM LINE
Do you want to book an exceptionally inexpensive self storage unit in Huntsville, AL? You'll find the best bargains on storage during December within the 77320 ZIP code. Do your best to avoid searching in June, when unit prices are at their highest, and be mindful of the fact that 35801 area is more expensive than other areas.