Self Storage in Tucson: FAQ
Everyone's heard of Silicon Valley, but how about Optics Valley? With over 150 optics companies having spun out of the research department at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ has taken on this peculiar name. The university and those optics companies employ a large number of Tusconans, while the other two largest employers are Raytheon and Davis-Monthan AFB. None of this would be revelatory to you if you are one of those Tusconans, but do you know how much you should expect to pay for a storage unit in Tucson, or where and when you can find one at its cheapest?
Which areas of Tucson are the cheapest for self-storage? Which areas are the most expensive?
Storage prices often follow real estate trends, which means that certain areas of Tucson can be significantly more or less expensive than others. The cheapest area for storage in Tucson is within the 85711 ZIP code, where prices average $67.16 a month. Units rent at the highest price in the 85718 ZIP code, where they average $161.00 a month.
How much should I expect my storage rental rates to be in Tucson?
Sometimes storage prices in the next town or suburb over are significantly cheaper than those in your immediate area. Storage facilities just on the periphery of your current search might have some great rental rates, and you'll only find them if you search a little more broadly. To some, the greater distance to the facility is worth the greater savings. That being said, if we can determine that self-storage (which also goes by mini storage and public storage) prices are lower in Tucson 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 $62.33 a month for a storage unit makes Tucson the 19th most expensive city in Arizona for self-storage, while Arizona itself is the 25th most expensive state. To give you a better idea of what this means, Tucson's average price is $7.75 less than the state average of $70.08.
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. We use our 'relative price' scale to calculate the relative affordability of storage in a given area using the state median income. In Arizona, the median income is $48,498.00 a year, which would make the average $62.33 unit in Tucson cost 1.54% of a median earner's monthly income. Compared to other cities in Arizona, this is a fairly-high percentage of income, ranking in the 51st percentile statewide, leading us to label Tucson as a relatively expensive place to rent storage.
When you compare the relative price of storage in Tucson with cities nationwide you actually get the opposite result: it ranks at the 46th percentile, making it relatively cheap to rent a unit here. Expect to pay $9.82 less than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Tucson.
How much do storage facilities in Tucson, AZ typically charge for a unit?
You'll have a tough time telling a good deal on storage in Tucson from a great one if you don't know what storage in Tucson normally costs. You can't even use past experiences booking storage elsewhere, as average prices will be totally different in other cities, even other cities in AZ. 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.
Expect to pay an average of $62.33 a month for a storage unit in Tucson. If your storage needs are of a longer term, remember that at those rates you'll be paying approximately $747.96 a year. Do keep in mind, though, that that average is for all unit sizes in Tucson 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. Storage units in Tucson come in these standard sizes: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. For each standard size, here's how much you might expect to pay per month in Tucson:
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Tucson, AZ storage price seasonality: Why it's better to book in October than April
The demand for storage being as highly seasonal as it is, moving between highs and lows throughout the year, the season you decide to book a unit during can have as much affect on the price you pay as any other factor. Storage prices generally reach their peak during the period from May to September, coinciding with moving season. The high season comes into full swing on the day after Memorial Day, which is such a popular time to rent storage that those in the industry have taken to calling it 'Crazy Tuesday.' If you're looking for a storage unit in a location with a large student population, be aware that your high season might see an even greater lift in prices than elsewhere, as students often book a large number of units during the summer.
Tucson isn't nearly as affected by seasonal change as most other cities are, the average price of storage remaining relatively stable throughout the year. Despite the low level of seasonality, those looking for a self storage unit may still want to lock in their price at the time of booking. The best month to go searching for storage in Tucson is October, when the average unit goes for a low $58 a month. The worst month, on the other hand, is April, when units hit a high of $74.22.
How much storage space is there in Tucson? Will it be easy to find a good facility?
The more facilities there are in the area you're searching, the more options you'll have. About how many storage facilties are serving the Tucson area?
According to our estimates, there are approximately 84 storage businesses operating facilities in Tucson. If we compare this to other cities in Arizona, which average 14 facilities per city, Tucson offers 70 more--quite the substantial number. It should come as no surprise then that Tucson has the 2nd-highest count of facilities out of all 38 cities on our network in Arizona, acting as home to 15.79% of facilities in Arizona. Does Tucson perform as well against other cities outside of its state? In fact it does, as its 84 facilities put it 75 above the national average of 9 per city.
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 Tucson to other cities in Arizona. Are the 84 storage facilities providing the 543,910 people living in Tucson with enough storage space? As it turns out, Tucson actually does have a large amount of storage space for its size. Nationwide, cities with populations of 250,000 to 1,000,000 have an average 49 storage facilities, which is of course 35 less than the 84 found in Tucson. But is there indeed a relative surplus of storage space in Tucson for the size of its population? Per capita data seems to have disproven this. Per capita, Tucson places in the 40th percentile for storage facilities among cities across the United States. In other words, there are relatively few storage businesses serving the local Tucson market for its size, so extra storage space might be harder to find here. Though it only ranks in the 40th percentile nationally, Tucson scores much higher for facilities per capita in Arizona, ranking in the 51st percentile among other cities in its state.
Our discussion of facilities per capita can't be completed without mentioning Tucson's modest population growth from 2000-2010, a period over which it took on 11.1% more people. That's a 13.5%-lower growth rate than Arizona, which grew by 24.6%, saw as a whole. With less demand for storage generated by fewer incoming inhabitants and a high amount of storage businesses per capita, Tucson would seem to be a great place to be searching for storage.
SELF STORAGE IN TUCSON, AZ: THE BOTTOM LINE
Are you looking for a very inexpensive self storage unit in Tucson, AZ? October is the best time to find cheap storage, while the cheapest area for storage is within the 85711 ZIP code. Try not to start your search in April, when unit prices reach their apex, and be warned that the 85718 area is more expensive than other areas.