Self Storage in Mobile: FAQ
How many storage facilities are there in Mobile, AL?
Over the course of your search you'll likely be comparing a number of facilities against one another to find the right option for you. Most would agree that the more storage businesses there are to compare, the better. After all, who doesn't like options? So how many storage businesses are located in Mobile?
Based on our data, we estimate that there are about 40 storage facilities doing business in the Mobile, AL area. How does that number compare to other communities? It's a full 27 facilities more than the average city in Alabama, where there are an average 13 facilities in each city. Out of all 26 cities in Alabama listed on the SelfStorage.com network, Mobile ranks as the 2nd-highest in terms of number of storage businesses, accounting for 11.6% of facilities. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, Mobile still offers a full 31 more than the average.
On the other hand, comparing the total number of storage facilities in one city to another irrespective of the number of people that live in each city makes little sense, even when we're comparing Mobile to other cities in Alabama. Mobile, AL has approximately 193,205 inhabitants. Do the 40 storage businesses there offer the community enough storage space? Compared to other cities in the 100,000 to 250,000 population bracket, Mobile is home to a substantially-higher number of facilities, with 22 more facilities than the average 18 in that bracket. In other words, Mobile has tons of storage space. Per capita measures seem to have validated our conclusion that Mobile is in possession of a healthy number of storage businesses for its size. On a per capita basis, Mobile ranks in the 50th percentile nationwide, so there's a fairly-high amount of storage space for the 193,205 people living in Mobile. But the average city in Alabama, on the other hand, must have significantly more storage per capita than cities on the national scale do, as Mobile doesn't rank so well back home in Alabama. Mobile only places in the 24th percentile among its peers in Alabama, which might make it harder to find the storage unit you're looking for here than in other cities in Alabama.
It's worth mentioning that Mobile has seen its population shrink in recent years, its population dwindling by 2.8% from the 2000 census to the 2010 census. During that same period, however, the state of Alabama actually saw a population increase of 7.5%. Although demand for storage might be lower in Mobile compared to other cities due to its lower rate of growth, keep in mind that the city still has fewer facilities per capita than most other cities in Alabama.
How much should my Mobile storage unit cost per month?
Scoring a great deal on a storage unit in Mobile has everything to do with knowing what kind of price range to expect. Since the average price of storage can be over $100 different between two cities in the same state, any past experiences booking storage elsewhere will be little help here. That's why, in order to make sure you go into your storage search as well-informed as possible, we've gone ahead and gathered the data for you.
The average price of a self storage unit in Mobile is $58.49 a month. If you're thinking of renting a unit for the long term, that's approximately $701.88 per year. Note, however, that that figure is the average for all sizes taken together, and so shouldn't be used as the basis for your storage search. Larger units can be more than twice as expensive as the smaller sizes. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Mobile, including: 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. By size, the average prices in Mobile are:
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The unit in Mobile, AL I I had planned on booking jumped in price from October to August. Is this a regular seasonal change, and if so, what's the best month to book a unit?
Finding and locking in a good monthly rate on your self storage unit has a lot to do with the time of year you book it, as prices vacillate from season to season. The high season lasts from late spring to late summer, the most popular period for those moving into a new home. Sometimes called 'National Moving Day' or 'Crazy Tuesday', the day following Memorial Day is typically the busiest for storage businesses and the highest point of the high season. In addition to families moving between homes, college students renting storage for the summer also contribute to demand during the high season, particularly in college towns.
The price difference between high and low seasons in Mobile is minimal, which means you shouldn't have to worry about huge rate changes from one season to the next. Even so, it's often a good idea to book at the lowest price and then lock in that rate with the facility. Those looking for self storage in Mobile will find the lowest prices in October, with its average price of $31.83. August, however, is the most expensive month, averaging $79.34.
How much should I expect my storage rental rates to be in Mobile?
It's often true that certain areas in a city offer much lower storage rental rates than others. A great way of scoring a dirt-cheap storage unit is expanding the area in which you're searching. 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 the average price of self storage (which includes facilities called mini storage or public self storage) is higher in Mobile, then you'll definitely want to expand your search. So is it?
Mobile is the 12th most expensive city for self storage in the state of Alabama, with the average price of a storage unit there coming in at $58.49. Alabama itself is the 42nd most expensive state for storage. In more exact terms, storage in Mobile costs an average of $1.53 more than the average storage unit in Alabama, which goes for 56.96.
But average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage is in a given city, as money goes further in some states than it does in others. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. A storage unit in Mobile will on average cost 1.66% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Alabama is $42,407.00. Compared to other cities in Alabama, this is a fairly-high percentage of income, ranking in the 58th percentile statewide, leading us to label Mobile as a relatively expensive place to rent storage.
In addition, storage in Mobile is also somewhat expensive on the national scale, ranking at the 52nd percentile compared to other cities across the nation. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in Mobile should cost an average of $13.66 less than the national average price of 72.15.
Where can I get the least expensive monthly rates on storage units in Mobile, Alabama?
Prices on self storage in Mobile can change substantially with a few minutes drive in any direction. The best prices on storage in Mobile can be found in the 36693 ZIP code. Units there average $67.30 a month. Mobile's costliest neighborhood for storage lies within the 36608 ZIP code, where storage rental rates are an average $86.32 a month.
MOBILE SELF STORAGE: THE BOTTOM LINE
Do you want to book the lowest possible rate on a self storage unit in Mobile, AL? October is the best time to begin your search for storage, and the best area to look for storage is the 36693 ZIP code. The worst month to look for storage is August, when unit prices hit their pinnacle, and be alert to the fact that the 36608 area is the most expensive in town.