Jacksonville, FL Self Storage: FAQ
Located on the northeastern corner of Florida, not far from the Georgia border, Jacksonville is the largest city in the contiguous United States. Not by population, of couse, but by area: J-Ville sprawls out over 840 square miles, making only Anchorage larger by total area. The city spans three rivers and is surrounded by wetlands, while bodacious beaches are only a few miles down the road (Jax Beach is a local favorite). Sure, you probably know all of that already if you live in Jacksonville or are planning to soon, but do you know how many storage facilities there are in Jacksonville, or what the average price of a unit is?
How much do storage businesses in Jacksonville charge per month for a storage unit?
It's impossible to know what a good deal on storage is if you don't know what kind of prices to expect in Jacksonville. Since unit prices can change dramatically from one city to the next, the only real measure you have is other facilities in the immediate area. That's why we've had our analysts at SelfStorage.com analyze all the data you might need to find a cheap unit in Jacksonville.
Rental rates average $78.52 a month for a storage unit in Jacksonville. If your storage needs are of a longer term, remember that at those rates you'll be paying approximately $942.24 a 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. Different unit sizes will of course go for very different prices. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Jacksonville, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. The average prices for each size of storage unit found in Jacksonville are:
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Is there a sizeable supply of storage space available in Jacksonville? Should I expand my search into nearby towns and suburbs?
A greater number of storage facilities equates to more available storage space, so the number of facilities operating in your city will be one of the most important factors in your storage search. So how many storage facilities are there in Jacksonville?
According to our estimates, there are approximately 70 storage businesses operating facilities in Jacksonville. On average, cities in Florida are home to only about 10 storage facilities, a full 60 less than Jacksonville's 70, meaning coverage in Jacksonville is reasonably high. Indeed, Jacksonville ranks as the 3rd city out of the 173 cities on our network in Florida in terms of number of storage facilities, accounting for a whopping 4.24% of facilities in the state. But what about on a national scale? Even then, Jacksonville has more storage facilities than the average city, 61 more than the average 9, to be exact.
But of course, comparing the raw number of storage facilities in Jacksonville to other cities in Florida and nationwide without taking population into account tells us very little. 813,518 people make Jacksonville their home. Is 70 a relatively high or low number of storage facilities for such a population? For its population, Jacksonville has a few more facilities than average. The average for cities with a population of 250,000 to 1,000,000 is 49 facilities, which of course is 21 less than the 70 in Jacksonville. It is important to note that comparing cities of like size might not be the best measure, and that a more accurate conclusion might be had by looking at how many facilities there are for Jacksonville's 813,518 people--a figure which seems to have undercut our finding that there's plenty of storage to be had there. Compared to other cities listed on our national network, Jacksonville place in the 21st percentile for storage businesses per person. This clearly shows that 70 is a low number of facilities for a city of 813,518, meaning that finding the storage unit you need could be more challenging in Jacksonville than it is elsewhere. If we restrict our scope down to the state level, we get similar results: for cities in Florida, Jacksonville only ranks in the 25th percentile, meaning that Jacksonville has little per capita storage space even compared to other cities in its state.
The fact that Jacksonville is growing, but not doing so at a particularly rapid rate, also bears mentioning in our discussion of storage facilities per person. The US Census reports that Jacksonville saw 10.4% more people move there in the first decade of this century. That's not insignificant, though it is 7.2% less than the 17.6% population that Florida saw altogether. Recall, however, that Jacksonville also had a low number of storage facilities per person for its state, so while there might not be as much demand generated by inbound migration, demand may already be high due to its short supply.
What's the best time of year to book self storage in Jacksonville, FL?
Changing seasonal demand often causes storage prices to swing between highs and lows during different parts of the year. This seasonality is primarily driven by moving season, which lasts from May to September and generally causes storage prices to spike. National Moving Day (the day following Memorial Day) is typically seen as the first real day of the high season and is often the busiest day of the year for storage facilities. College towns often see more radical seasonal swings, as their student populations drive demand on smaller units in particular up during the summer.
According to our data, there's very little change in the average price of a storage unit throughout the year in Jacksonville, meaning you shouldn't have to put too much thought into seasonality when looking for your unit. Sudden seasonal price swings could of course still happen, and one of the best ways to prevent your rates from exploding is by locking them in for the entirety of your stay when you first sign the contract with the facility. Your chances of getting a low price on a storage unit in Jacksonville are highest during July, when the average rental rate drops to a low $64.67. Your chances are lowest during February, which with an average price of $87.72 is the most expensive time to book a unit.
Is self storage in Jacksonville expensive?
As storage prices are closely tied to local real estate prices, it makes sense that rental rates can often differ substantially even in neighboring cities. A great way of scoring a dirt-cheap storage unit is expanding the area in which you're searching. The extra drive to the facility could very well be worth the monthly savings. If we can show that self-storage (also known as public self storage and mini storage) in Jacksonville is more expensive than its surroundings, then you'll know to expand your search.
Jacksonville's average price of $78.52 a month for a unit ranks it as the 65th most expensive city for self-storage in Florida, which itself ranks as the 15th most expensive state for storage. When searching for storage in Jacksonville, expect to pay $0.11 less than Florida's average price of $78.63.
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. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. In Florida, the median income is $45,281.00 a year, which would make the average $78.52 unit in Jacksonville cost 2.08% of a median earner's monthly income. This is a somewhat-large percentage of income compared to other cities in Florida, ranking in at the 61st percentile statewide. We have to conlude from this that storage in Jacksonville is relatively expensive.
The same holds true on a national scale, where storage in Jacksonville is comparatively somewhat expensive, ranking at the 70th percentile among cities nationwide. Expect to pay $6.37 more than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Jacksonville.
Where can I find the lowest prices on storage units in Jacksonville, Florida?
Just as real estate prices do, storage prices can change from one block in Jacksonville to the next. Look for a cheap unit in the 32220 ZIP code, where the average price of $50.00 is the lowest in Jacksonville. Jacksonville's priciest place for storage lies within the 32225 ZIP code, where storage rental rates are an average $144.11 a month.
SELF STORAGE IN JACKSONVILLE, FL: THE BOTTOM LINE
Keeping an eye out for an inordinately cheap self storage unit in Jacksonville, FL? July offers the cheapest prices on storage, while the best area to find storage is in the 32220 ZIP code. Do your best to avoid searching in February, the most expensive month, and remember that the 32225 area is costlier than other areas.