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Searching storage in Pittsburgh without knowing how much a unit should cost is no way to go about finding a good price. Past experience booking storage in other cities can be misleading, as average prices will be totally different in other cities--even other cities in PA. But don't worry: SelfStorage.com has all the data you need in order to go into your storage search well informed.
Storage businesses in Pittsburgh rent out their units at an average price of $92.69 a month. If your're in need of storage for a longer term, remember that at that rate a unit will cost you approximately $1112.28 a year. Keep in mind though that prices for all unit sizes in Pittsburgh were included when calculating that figure, so comparing it any individual unit will do you little good. 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 Pittsburgh are: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. Below you'll find the average monthly price per size:
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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. Storage prices generally reach their peak during the period from May to September, coinciding with moving season. 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. Cities with high proportions of university students may see more pronounced seasonal highs and lows, as many students book storage units during the summer.
The high season isn't as relatively high, nor the low season as low, in Pittsburgh, where according to our data seasonality has a lesser effect on storage prices. 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. Storage prices are at their highest in Pittsburgh during the month of October, where they hit an average price of $146.08, while prices are at their lowest in February, where they go for a low $69.93 a month.
The more facilities there are in the area you're searching, the more options you'll have. How many facilties are operating in Pittsburgh?
SelfStorage.com has 41 storage facilities in Pittsburgh, PA listed on its network. The average city in Pennsylvania hosts 5 storage businesses, 36 less than what's on offer in Pittsburgh. In other words, Pittsburgh offers great storage coverage for its state. If we were to rank Pittsburgh among the other 105 cities in Pennsylvania, it would come out as the 2nd largest market for self storage, accounting for a surprising 8.36% of all facilities in the state. The same holds true on a national level: Pittsburgh is home to 32 more facilities than the US average of 9 facilities per city.
'But what about self storage facilities per capita?', you might be thinking. Comparing Pittsburgh to other cities in Pennsylvania irrespective of population does, indeed, make little sense. So how does Pittsburgh, with its population of 311,647, compare to cities with similar populations? Pittsburgh comes in a little bit below the mark, as it turns out, offering fewer facilities than is average for a city its size. Other cities with populations of 250,000 to 1,000,000 offer an average of 49 facilities, 8 more than Pittsburgh does. But then again, such a population bracket covers a wide range of cities. A more accurate measure would be Pittsburgh's per capita facility count--a measure which has strenthened our former results, showing Pittsburgh to indeed have little storage for its size. The 41 facilities in Pittsburgh for its 311,647 residents rank it in the 35th percentile for storage facilities per capita among cities across America. That's a relatively-low rank, and seems to indicate that there's not a whole lot of extra storage space in Pittsburgh for those 311,647 people living there. Is Pittsburgh still relatively low on storage space compared to other cities in Pennsylvania? Indeed, it seems as if it is, as Pittsburgh only ranks in the 15th percentile for per capita storage space among cities in Pennsylvania.
Related to the topic of storage facilities per capita is that of population growth--or, in Pittsburgh's case, the lack thereof. Pittsburgh saw its population fall by 6.6% over the first decade of this century, while Pennsylvania as a whole saw its total population jump by 3.4%. The relatively few people moving to Pittsburgh might not be generating as much demand for storage as they are in faster-growing cities in Pennsylvania, but keep in mind that Pittsburgh already has few storage facilities for its size, meaning it's not quite the storage seeker's market.
Self storage rates being as highly-dependent on the real estate market as they are, it should come as no surprise that prices can change dramatically within the space of a few miles. The more expansive your search, the more facilities you'll be able to compare, and the more options you'll have. The longer trip to the facility could easily be worth the monthly savings, particularly if you only plan on accessing your unit occassionally. However, if self-storage (often called mini storage or public self storage) in Pittsburgh is relatively cheap for the area then searching farther afield might do little good. So how do prices in Pittsburgh stack up to the rest of the state?
Pittsburgh is the 36th most expensive city for self storage in the state of Pennsylvania, with the average price of a storage unit there coming in at $92.69. Pennsylvania itself is the 14th most expensive state for storage. In more exact terms, storage in Pittsburgh costs an average of $11.74 more than the average storage unit in Pennsylvania, which goes for 80.95.
But average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage is in a given city, as money goes further in some states than it does in others. We use our 'relative price' scale to calculate the relative affordability of storage in a given area using the state median income. In Pennsylvania, the median income is $49,874.00 a year, which would make the average $92.69 unit in Pittsburgh cost 2.23% of a median earner's monthly income. As a percentage of the local median income, storage costs rank at the 66th percentile among cities in Pennsylvania, making Pittsburgh more expensive than most cities.
Pittsburgh self-storage prices are very expensive on the national scale as well. When compared with cities on our national network they rank in the 75th percentile. The national average monthly price of a storage unit is $72.15. Depending on the size of unit you rent and the time of year, you should expect to pay approximately $20.54 more than that for self storage in Pittsburgh.
Prices on self storage in Pittsburgh can change substantially with a few minutes drive in any direction. The 15213 ZIP code offers the best rates on storage in Pittsburgh, with an average price of $113.74 a month. You might want to avoid searching in the 15222 ZIP code, which, with its average unit price of $192.24 a month, is the most expensive neighborhood for self storage in Pittsburgh.
Trying to locate an insanely-cheap self storage unit in Pittsburgh, PA? February is the best time to search for storage, and the best place to look for storage is in the 15213 ZIP code. The absolute worst time to look for storage is October, when units cost the most, and keep in mind that the 15222 area is the priciest in Pittsburgh for storage.
Pittsburgh, PA self storage typically costs between $49.95 and $287 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, Pittsburgh had an average home value of $129,900 which in the past year is down 0.125%.