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? If I'm searching for storage in Evanston, should I expect plenty of available storage facilities, or only a few?
SelfStorage.com has 2 storage facilities in Evanston, IL listed on its network. Is 2 facilities more or less than what can be found in other cities in Illinois? Unfortunately for those looking for storage in Evanston, it's a whole lot less: the average city in Illinois offers 5 facilities to choose from, a whole 3 more than in Evanston. Out of the 119 cities in Illinois, Evanston is home to only the 76th highest count of facilities, or 0.35% of the state's total. Evanston also has a below-average number of facilities when compared to cities on the national scale, where it's 7 below the national average of 9 storage facilities.
'But what about self storage facilities per capita?', you might be thinking. Comparing Evanston to other cities in Illinois irrespective of population does, indeed, make little sense. How, then, does Evanston with its 77,857 people compare to cities of a like size? As it turns out, Evanston is significantly below average versus storage facilities in similarly-sized cities. The average number of facilities in its population bracket (cities with populations of 50,000 to 100,000) is 11, while Evanston has 9 less with its total 2 storage facilites. Evanston may indeed be short on storage space. We've further supported Evanston's relative lack of storage space by examining its per capita count of facilities. Evanston places in the 2nd percentile for self storage facilities per capita among cities across the country. That very low rank indicates that the 2 storage businesses serving the 77,857 people living in Evanston is not a very large number of facilities after all, and may mean that finding the right unit in Evanston isn't as easy a task as it is elsewhere. Perhaps if we only compare Evanston to other cities in Illinois it might appear to have more storage space? Unfortunately, even by that measure it does seem as if Evanston offers relatively little space, as it places in the 0th percentile for per capita storage facilities in Illinois.
We can't feel satisfied concluding our look at facilities per capita without mentioning the fact that Evanston is seeing some major population growth. The city saw 5% more people move there from 2000-2010, a whole 1.7% more growth than the 3.3% Illinois in total saw. But of course, a surging population isn't the only reason to think that storage in Evanston might be in high demand: combine that with a low number of facilities per person and you've got a recipe for a red-hot storage market.
Some storage seekers are able to find much cheaper rates by looking in nearby communities in addition to their own. If you're searching for the cheapest storage unit out there, a good rule of thumb is to look farther abroad than you originally set out to. The extra drive to the facility could very well be worth the monthly savings. In order to help you know whether or not to expand your search, the analysts at SelfStorage.com have done the math to figure out whether self-storage (also called mini storage or public self storage) in Evanston is relatively more or less expensive than other cities.
An average price of $80.1 a month for a storage unit makes Evanston the 43rd most expensive city in Illinois for self-storage, while Illinois itself is the 12th most expensive state. In more exact terms, storage in Evanston costs an average of $4.26 less than the average storage unit in Illinois, which goes for 84.36.
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. Given that the average price of a storage unit in Evanston is $80.1 and the median income in Illinois is $51,483.00 a year, we can determine that a storage unit would require 1.87% of a median earner's monthly paycheck. Compared to other cities in Illinois, this is a fairly-high percentage of income to spend on storage, ranking Evanston in the 63rd percentile statewide. This leads us to label the city as a somewhat expensive place to rent self-storage.
Evanston self-storage prices are somewhat expensive on the national scale as well. When compared with cities on our national network they rank in the 62nd percentile. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in Evanston should cost an average of $7.95 more than the national average price of 72.15.
It can be difficult to figure out if a certain storage facility's offered price is any good if you don't know how much a unit in Evanston ought to cost in the first place. Being that the average price of storage unit can be different by hundreds of dollars between two cities in the same state, any past experiences booking storage elsewhere will help you little in figuring out how much you should pay. But you needn't fret, need to fret,as our analysts have sifted through the data and have all the figures on storage in Evanston that you might need.
Rental rates on storage in Evanston average $80.1 per month. If your storage needs are longer-term, keep in mind that that would equate to an average price of $961.2 per year. But before you go out and search for storage within the context of that figure, it's important to note here that that average price includes all standard sizes of storage units. Units of different dimensions will of course go for different prices. In Evanston you'll have the option of renting six standard storage unit sizes, such as 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20 and 10x30. Here are the average monthly rates for each standard unit size in Evanston:
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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. This seasonality is primarily driven by moving season, which lasts from May to September and generally causes storage prices to spike. Known to some in the industry as 'Crazy Tuesday,' the day following Memorial Day is typically the busiest of the year for storage and brings the high season into full swing. Cities with high proportions of university students may see more pronounced seasonal highs and lows, as many students book storage units during the summer.
Our data shows that the average price of a storage unit does not change throughout the year in Evanston to the same degree as it does in most cities, so seasonality should be less of a hassle for those looking for storage in Evanston. But even if price changes are less of a risk in Evanston, locking in a rate is almost always a smart, safe move. November is the most expensive month for storage in Evanston, with an average price of $153.57. The cheapest prices on storage in Evanston can be found during the month of February, where the average cost of a unit is $63.68.
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, Evanston had an average home value of $310,000 which in the past year is up 0.085%.