If your area is well-served by a large number of facilities, finding the right unit might be easier for you than for others in communities where less storage space is on offer. So how many storage businesses are located in Columbus?
Analysts at SelfStorage.com report that there are an estimated 42 storage facilities located in the Columbus area. Georgia averages 10 facilities per city, meaning that Columbus is home to 32 more facilities than others in its state, which is of course a significantly-high number. This ranks Columbus as the 3rd largest storage market out of 88 Georgia cities in terms of number of facilities, making up 4.84% of the state's total. How does Columbus fare against cities outside of Georgia? On a national scale, it still has more facilities than the average city, 33 more than the average 9, to be more precise.
If we're making comparisons between cities, however, we're missing out on some important insights if we don't factor population in, even if we're simply comparing Columbus to the rest of Georgia. 190,414 people make Columbus their home. Is 42 a relatively high or low number of storage facilities for such a population? When we compared Columbus to other cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000 that we have listings for, we found that Columbus had 24 more self-storage facilities listed than the average city from this bracket did. In other words, you can be sure that there's plenty of extra storage space available in Columbus. We've further supported Columbus's relative surplus of storage space by examining its per capita count of facilities. Per capita, Columbus ranks in the 52nd percentile for storage facilities compared to cities across the country. That means there's a reasonably-high amount of storage space in Columbus compared to other cities. But if Columbus appeared to have a large amount of storage space for a city on the national scale, it doesn't in Georgia, where it only ranks in the 24th percentile.
Lastly, census data shows that Columbus is growing in population, though not as fast as the rest of its state. It saw a 2% increase from 2000 to 2010, a 16.3% less than the 18.3% growth that Georgia saw as a whole. Columbus's low growth rate may mean that, with fewer incoming residents than elsewhere in Georgia, the demand for storage is lower, but let's not forget that Columbus already has relatively few facilities for its size., meaning demand from the local population might be just as high.
Just as home prices will differ from neighborhood to neighborhood in Columbus, so will self-storage rates. The cheapest neighborhood for storage in Columbus is within the 43232 ZIP code, where prices average $53.03 a month. On the other hand, the 31904 ZIP code is the most expensive area of Columbus to rent a storage unit, with rental rates averaging $141.57 a month.
Just like real estate prices, prices on storage can be totally different in different parts of the same city. That's why those looking for the best deal on a storage unit should expand the area of their search as far and wide as possible. The extra drive to the facility could very well be worth the monthly savings. 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 Columbus. We've gone ahead and figured that out for you.
Columbus's average price of $54.88 a month for a unit ranks it as the 43rd most expensive city for self-storage in Georgia, which itself ranks as the 33rd most expensive state for storage. In more exact terms, storage in Columbus costs an average of $8.14 less than the average storage unit in Georgia, which goes for 63.02.
These average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage in one city is compared to another, as the cost of living changes from place to place. 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 Georgia, the median income is $45,741.00 a year, which would make the average $54.88 unit in Columbus cost 1.44% of a median earner's monthly income. Compared to the price-as-percent-of-income in other Georgia locations, Columbus ranks at the 50th percentile, making self-storage here moderately affordable.
Columbus self-storage prices are relatively cheap on the national scale as well. When compared with cities on our national network they rank in the 40th percentile. Expect to pay $17.27 less than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Columbus.
If you're new to searching for self storage in Columbus you might not know what kind of prices should be expected. With the average rental rate varying widely from place to place, the only truly valuable comparison you can make is with other storage facilities in the area. But don't worry: SelfStorage.com has all the data you need in order to go into your storage search well informed.
In Columbus, self storages rents at an average rate of $54.88 a month. If your're in need of storage for a longer term, remember that at that rate a unit will cost you approximately $658.56 a year. Don't, however, put too much weight on that number, as it does not discriminate by unit size. It's not uncommon for larger units to be more than twice as costly as the smaller sizes. The standard sizes of storage units in Columbus are: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. The average rental rates for each size of storage unit found in Columbus are:
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Changing seasonal demand often causes storage prices to swing between highs and lows during different parts of the year. Peaking in May through September, when most people in the United States move, and dropping to their lowest in October through March, when far fewer people move homes, storage prices and closely linked to moving patterns. The single busiest day for self-storage businesses is typically the notorious 'National Moving Day' (which facility operators have dubbed 'Crazy Tuesday' for the chaotic scene at many facilities) the day after Memorial Day. Smaller unit sizes are often more strongly affected by seasonality, as college students make up a decent portion of those moving in the summer and tend to book 5x5 and 5x10 units.
Self storage prices in Columbus are not nearly as affected by seasonal changes as other cities are, meaning there's a greater likelihood you'll find stable year-round prices. Still, hunting for storage during the cheapest month of the year is always a great way to find a good deal. February is the least expensive month for storage in Columbus, with an average price of $48.21 for a storage unit. August is the most expensive month, when storage goes for an average rate of $92.8.
Do you want to find a surprisingly inexpensive self storage unit in Columbus, GA? February is your best bet for renting cheap storage, while units are cheapest in the 43232 ZIP code. You should avoid searching in August, when unit prices are at their zenith, and be attentive to the fact that the 31904 area is pricier than other areas.
Columbus, GA self storage typically costs between $37 and $209 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, Columbus had an average home value of $134,000 which in the past year is down 0.049%.