Missoula, MT Self Storage: FAQ
Are storage prices in Missoula relatively low?
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. One of the best pieces of advice we can give customers looking for the cheapest storage in their area is to expand the breadth of their search. Depending on how often you'll need to access your unit, this could be the way to go. 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 Missoula is relatively more or less expensive than other cities.
An average price of $29.75 a month for a storage unit makes Missoula the 2nd most expensive city in Montana for self-storage, while Montana itself is the 48th most expensive state. To give you a better idea of what this means, Missoula's average price is $5.13 less than the state average of $34.88.
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. 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. A storage unit in Missoula will on average cost 0.86% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Montana is $41,430.00. As a percentage of monthly income this is very cheap compared to other cities in Montana, ranking at the 0th percentile statewide, allowing us to say that storage in Missoula is extremely affordable.
When placed on a national scale and compared to cities across the country, storage prices in Missoula are still very cheap, ranking at the 8th percentile in terms of relative expense. Expect to pay $42.40 less than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Missoula.
How many storage businesses are there in Missoula for me to compare? Does the city offer me a good number of facilities to choose from?
More facilities in an area mean more options, with some cities offering storage-searchers a wide range and others one that's much more narrow. How many facilties are operating in Missoula?
According to our numbers, there are 35 total storage facilities in Missoula, MT. If you were wondering how that compares to other cities in the state, it's a very high number of facilities for a city: the average city in Montana offers only 18 storage facilities, 17 less than Missoula. Out of all 3 cities in Montana listed on the SelfStorage.com network, Missoula ranks as the 1st-highest in terms of number of storage businesses, accounting for 63.64% of facilities. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, Missoula still offers a full 26 more than the average.
On the other hand, comparing the total number of storage facilities in one city to another irrespective of the number of people that live in each city makes little sense, even when we're comparing Missoula to other cities in Montana. Do the 35 self storage facilities in Missoula offer the 68,876 people living there enough extra storage space? How does Missoula compare to similarly-sized cities? As it turns out, Missoula actually does have a large amount of storage space for its size. Nationwide, cities with populations of 50,000 to 100,000 have an average 11 storage facilities, which is of course 24 less than the 35 found in Missoula. Per capita measures seem to have substantiated our conclusion that Missoula is in possession of a healthy number of storage businesses for its size. On a per person basis compared to other cities across the nation, Missoula ranks in the 77th percentile for number of storage businesses, which is what we consider a very high amount of space per resident. How does Missoula compare to its neighbors in Montana? It seems that even compared to other cities in Montana, Missoula still has a large amount of storage space on offer for its population, as it sits in the 50th percentile for facilities per capita.
We feel we should also mention the fact that Missoula has seen large population increases in the past decade, jumping 19.3% from 2000 to 2010. That's 9.6% more than the 9.7% growth the state of Montana saw in total. But seeing as Missoula still has a high number of facilities per capita despite its decade of growth, it seems that the storage industry has been able to keep up with the rising demand by building more facilities in the area.
Are self storage prices in Missoula, MT lower in certain seasons? Should I book my unit in the spring, summer, fall or winter to get the best deal?
One of the most prominent factors involved with finding a cheap storage unit is the time of year you go searching for that unit, as storage prices change due to seasonal demand. The period between April and September is typically considered the high season for storage, while prices are lower the rest of the year, notably through October and March. The day following Memorial Day is typically the busiest of the high season, and is known in the industry as 'National Moving Day' and 'Crazy Tuesday for the number of people who decided to move and rent storage on that day. College towns often see more radical seasonal swings, as their student populations drive demand on smaller units in particular up during the summer.
Prices on self storage in Missoula do not vary as widely between high and low seasons as they do on average in other cities, so seasonality should be less of an issue for potential renters here. However, even though prices are less likely to change dramatically in Missoula, locking in a rate for your entire stay often allows you to bargain the total price down. Those looking for self storage in Missoula will find the lowest prices in August, with its average price of $28.8. October, however, is the most expensive month, averaging $37.
How much should I expect storage facilities in Missoula to charge per month for my unit?
If this is your first time searching for a storage unit in Missoula you might not know what kind of prices to expect. Average prices varying as they do from place to place, the only valuable comparison you can make is with other storage facilities in the area. In order to help you go into your storage search as informed as possible, we've had our storage analysts go over all the data on Missoula we have available.
Expect to pay an average of $29.75 a month for a storage unit in Missoula. To put that into perspective for those thinking of renting a unit for a year or more, that's about $357 per year. This average does encompass all storage unit sizes, so it should be taken with a large grain of salt. Different sizes of units can go for hundreds of dollars more or less than others, even in the same city. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Missoula, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20 and 10x30. Below you'll find the average price by each size:
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