It's nearly impossible to know what a good monthly rate on a storage unit is if you don't know what kind of prices to expect in El Cajon. Any past experiences you might have booking storage in other cities will be of little help here, as the average price of a storage unit in one city could be hundreds of dollars higher than the next. But you needn't fret, need to fret,as our analysts have sifted through the data and have all the figures on storage in El Cajon that you might need.
On average, storage facilities in El Cajon charge a monthly rental rate of $54 for a storage unit. At that rate, staying in a unit for a year would cost about $648, in case you need storage for a long period of time. Note that this average disregards the different unit sizes and so shouldn't be taken too literally. Prices for the various unit sizes are, of course, very different from each other. The standard sizes of storage units in El Cajon are: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, and 10x20. For each standard unit size, the average rental rate in El Cajon is:
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Rental rates on self storage units can change significantly from one month to the next over the course of the year, climbing higher or diving lower depending on the season. Late spring to late summer is typically considered the high season, while fall, winter, and early spring are when prices are usually at their lowest. 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.' 5x5 and 5x10 units often see wider seasonal swings, primarily due to college students renting these smaller sizes when they leave town for the summer. College towns will be particularly affected by this.
Expect higher highs and lower lows during their respective seasons in El Cajon, which data tells us is significantly more affected by seasonality than most other cities. The best way to keep seasonal changes at bay is to negotiate with the facility when you first book your unit for a single rate that will remain unchanged for the entire time you stay there. Those looking for self storage in El Cajon will find the lowest prices in September, with its average price of $32.25. April, however, is the most expensive month, averaging $330.5.
It's not uncommon for another community a few miles down the road to offer substanial savings on storage compared to the rates in your community. It could indeed be that a facility just a mile or two outside of town offers a much lower rate, but you won't find that facility unless you include a wider area in your search. While it's true that accessing the unit will be more cumbersome the farther it is away, the potential savings could make you complacent with any extra inconvenience. Knowing whether or not you should look in nearby cities depends on whether or not self-storage (sometimes called mini storage or public self storage) in those cities is less expensive than in El Cajon. We've gone ahead and figured that out for you.
With its average price of $54 a month for a unit, El Cajon is the 201st most expensive city for self-storage in the state of California, which itself is the 9th most-expensive state for storage. In general, storage units in El Cajon go for $37.36 less than the state average of $91.36.
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. To give you a better idea of affordability, we've created a 'relative price' scale that estimates how expensive storage is for median income earners in that state. In California, the median income is $54,681.00 a year, which would make the average $54 unit in El Cajon cost 1.19% of a median earner's monthly income. As a percentage of the local median income this is actually a very cheap price to pay for self-storage. Indeed, when compared to other cities in California, the relative price of self-storage in El Cajon ranks at the 19th percentile.
If we measure according to the national scale and compare it to cities across the country, self-storage rates in El Cajon are still very cheap, ranking at the 25th percentile in terms of relative expense. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in El Cajon should cost an average of $18.15 less than the national average price of 72.15.
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? How many facilties are operating in El Cajon?
Based on our data, we estimate that there are about 10 storage facilities doing business in the El Cajon, CA area. When compared to other cities in the state, El Cajon offers a slightly-higher number of facilities, 1 more than the state average of 9 per city. It should come as no surprise then that El Cajon has the 69th-highest count of facilities out of all 253 cities on our network in California, acting as home to 0.46% of facilities in California. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, El Cajon still offers a full 1 more than the average.
But of course, comparing the raw number of storage facilities in El Cajon to other cities in California and nationwide without taking population into account tells us very little. Approximately 94,447 people live in El Cajon, CA. Is that a large population for a city with 10 self-storage facilities, or a small one? As it turns out, El Cajon offers a below-average amount of storage space for a city its size. It's only a bit below average--1 facilities, to be precise--but it does come in under the average 11 storage facilities that cities in the 50,000 to 100,000 population bracket have. When we next look at El Cajon's actual per person self-storage facility count, our former conclusions seem to be validated beyond any reasonable doubt: the El Cajon community has few facilities for its size. The 94,447 people living in El Cajon have access to 10 self-storage facilities, which puts them in the 28th percentile for facilities per capita nationwide. That's not a very high rank, meaning that El Cajon doesn't offer a ton of storage businesses for its 94,447 residents to choose from. However, though El Cajon is below the 50th percentile at the national level, in terms of cities in California it falls in the 50th percentile, meaning it has a large amount of storage space per capita for its state.
One more thing we'd like to note regarding El Cajon's storage facilities per capita is the fact that the city has seen part of its population trickle away over the past few years. From 2000 to 2010, El Cajon's population fell by 0.6%. This is in contrast to the rest of California, which in total took on a 10%-larger population over the same period. Combine the fact that fewer people are moving to El Cajon relative to the rest of its state with the high number of storage facilities per capita and you get the recipe for a high supply, low demand storage market, making it a great place to search for and find a storage unit.
El Cajon self storage typically costs between $62 and $169 a month. Storage is currently in stock.
If you’re considering buying/selling a home instead of renting, it’s crucial to find a storage unit that will last you through the purchase or sale process. Especially when, according to Zillow, El Cajon had an average home value of $359,900 which in the past year is up 0.176%.