You'll have a hard time telling a good price on storage from a great price when you're unfamiliar with how much self storage in San Francisco typically costs to begin with. Comparing rates at facilities you booked storage at in other cities can give the wrong expectations, as the average price for storage could be hundreds of dollars different in that location. In order to prevent you from going into your storage search in the dark, we've had our analysts comb through all the data on San Francisco storage you might need.
On average, storage facilities in San Francisco charge a monthly rental rate of $89.42 for a storage unit. If your storage needs are longer-term, keep in mind that that would equate to an average price of $1073.04 per year. Keep in mind though that prices for all unit sizes in San Francisco were included when calculating that figure, so comparing it any individual unit will do you little good. The prices you'll actually see on units will largely depend upon their size. Self storage in San Francisco comes in these standard sizes: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, and 10x20. The average rental rates for each size of storage unit found in San Francisco are:
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The more facilities there are in the area you're searching, the more options you'll have. So how many storage facilities are there in San Francisco?
According to our numbers, there are 44 total storage facilities in San Francisco, CA. If we compare this to other cities in California, which average 9 facilities per city, San Francisco offers 35 more--quite the substantial number. It should come as no surprise then that San Francisco has the 6th-highest count of facilities out of all 253 cities on our network in California, acting as home to 2.01% of facilities in California. But what about on a national scale? Even then, San Francisco has more storage facilities than the average city, 35 more than the average 9, to be exact.
But how does San Francisco compare to the rest of California and the nation on a per capita basis? After all, not controlling for population makes most city comparisons obsolete. Approximately 815,358 people live in San Francisco, CA. Is that a large population for a city with 44 self-storage facilities, or a small one? On average, cities with populations of 250,000 to 1,000,000 have 49 storage facilities listed on our network, which means that San Francisco, with 5 fewer facilities, has a slightly-low amount of storage space for a city its size. When we next look at San Francisco's actual per person self-storage facility count, our former conclusions seem to be verified beyond any reasonable doubt: the San Francisco community has few facilities for its size. Compared to other cities listed on our national network, San Francisco place in the 10th percentile for storage businesses per person. This clearly shows that 44 is a low number of facilities for a city of 815,358, meaning that finding the storage unit you need could be more challenging in San Francisco than it is elsewhere. Just as San Francisco offers little storage space per person on a national scale, the same goes when we compare the city to others in its state, where it only ranks in the 17th percentile for facilities per capita.
Lastly, census data shows that San Francisco is growing in population, though not as fast as the rest of its state. It saw a 4.8% increase from 2000 to 2010, a 5.2% less than the 10% growth that California saw as a whole. Keep in mind, though, that while there's probably not as much demand generated by people moving into town as there is in other California cities, San Francisco already has relatively fewer storage facilities for its size than many of those faster-growing cities.
Storage prices can vary widely depending on which part of San Francisco you're in Look for a cheap unit in the 94132 ZIP code, where the average price of $122.19 is the lowest in San Francisco. The highest-priced part of town to rent storage in is the 94103 ZIP code, where rates average $218.57 per month.
Storage rental rates are highly seasonal, with prices often fluctuating widely throughout the year. This seasonality, which is primarily generated by national moving patterns, hits its zenith in the late spring and early summer, and its nadir in the fall and winter. 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.' Those looking for storage in areas with a large population of college students might find that seasonality affects prices on smaller unit sizes in particular, as students book 5x5s and 5x10s to store their things while they go home for the summer.
San Francisco self storage prices on average change very little throughout the year relative to other cities, making seasonal price changes less of a worry for renters. 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. With its average price of $69.35, October is the cheapest month to book storage in San Francisco. With an average price of $119.29, June is the most expensive month to rent storage in San Francisco.
Some storage seekers are able to find much cheaper rates by looking in nearby communities in addition to their own. By expanding your search into areas you might not have thought to look, you might be able to happen upon some excellent deals. You might have to spend more on gas getting out to that unit, but the savings you'll be building up could totally compensate for that. If we can show that self-storage (also known as public self storage and mini storage) in San Francisco is more expensive than its surroundings, then you'll know to expand your search.
San Francisco is the 92nd most expensive city for self storage in the state of California, with the average price of a storage unit there coming in at $89.42. California itself is the 9th most expensive state for storage. To give you a better idea of what this means, San Francisco's average price is $1.94 less than the state average of $91.36.
An average price alone, however, doesn't tell you if storage is or isn't more affordable in one city versus another, as the cost of living will also be different. In order to establish some kind of index of affordability for San Francisco storage, we've developed a 'relative price' scale which takes the cost of living in terms of state median income into account. The median income in California is $54,681.00, which means the average storage unit in San Francisco would require 1.96% of a median earner's monthly income. When we compare this storage price as a percent of the local median income to other cities in California, we find that it ranks in the 63rd percentile, making it a moderately expensive place to rent storage.
San Francisco self-storage prices are somewhat expensive on the national scale as well. When compared with cities on our national network they rank in the 66th percentile. Expect to pay $17.27 more than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in San Francisco.
Are you trying to locate a jaw-droppingly cheap self storage unit in San Francisco, CA? You can find the best prices on storage in October within the 94132 ZIP code. The worst time to search for storage is during June, when the cost of storage is at its apogee and keep in mind that the 94103 area is the most expensive part of town for storage.
San Francisco self storage typically costs between $130 and $261 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, San Francisco had an average home value of $859,000 which in the past year is up 0.147%.