Chattanooga, 'The Scenic City', earns its reputation with grand views of the green Tennessee hills, but the city was once anything but scenic. Back in the 1960s, Chatanooga earned the moniker 'The Dirtiest City in America' with rampant industrial pollution and unchecked litter. That reputation was made national when Walter Cronkite, 'the most trusted man in America', announced it to the country, and the shocked citizenry were forced to take action in the face of such horrendous PR. Since then, Chattanooga has successfully cleaned up its air, its river, and its downtown, even while its manufacturing industry has continued to expand. Of course, if you're a Chattanoogan then you're aware of all of this, but do you know how many storage facilities are operating in Chatanooga, or how much you should expect to pay for a unit?
Finding the unit you need at the price you want has everything to do with what's available in your area, with more facilities offering more options. If I'm searching for storage in Chattanooga, should I expect plenty of available storage facilities, or only a few?
According to our numbers, there are 11 total storage facilities in Chattanooga, TN. How does 11 storage facilities compare with the number on offer in other cities in Tennessee? It's relatively low, 2 lower than the average 13 on offer in other cities in Tennessee, to be more precise. To put it into a different perspective, that's just barely 2.72% of the facilities in Tennessee, ranking it as the 14th largest out of 31 Tennessee cities in terms of number of storage businesses. Chattanooga may only have a below-average number of storage businesses for being a city in Tennessee, but it's actually still above the national average--which, at 9 facilities per city, is 2 below Chattanooga's total.
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 Chattanooga to the rest of Tennessee. How, then, does Chattanooga with its 171,350 people compare to cities of a like size? For its 100,000 to 250,000 population bracket, Chattanooga comes a bit under the mark in terms of number of self-storage facilities. Cities in this bracket average 18 facilities, 7 more than what can be found in Chattanooga. One might point out that comparing Chattanooga to cities of a similar size doesn't prove its lack of storage for the size of the population, and that a better measure would be actually looking at its facilities per capita. Well, we have, and it has firmly substantiated our former results. In terms of facilities per capita, Chattanooga only ranks in the 14th percentile among cities on our storage network, which seems to indicate quite convincingly that the 11 storage businesses in Chattanooga is a very low number for a city of 171,350 people. Even if we restrict our scope of comparison to the state level, Chattanooga doesn't seem to offer its population as much storage space as other cities do, attaining a low rank in the 10th percentile for facilities per capita among cities in Tennessee.
The fact that Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga saw 9.3% more people move there in the first decade of this century. That's not insignificant, though it is 2.2% less than the 11.5% population that Tennessee saw altogether. Chattanooga's low growth rate may mean that, with fewer incoming residents than elsewhere in Tennessee, the demand for storage is lower, but let's not forget that Chattanooga already has relatively few facilities for its size., meaning demand from the local population might be just as high.
Figuring out if a certain storage facility's offered price is any good is a hard call to make if you don't know how much a unit in Chattanooga ought to cost in the first place. After all, storage prices can vary widely from place to place, so the only comparison you can make is with other facilities in the area. But don't worry: we've gone ahead and calculated everything you might need to know about the price of storage in Chattanooga.
Self storage units in Chattanooga go for an average monthly price of $69. If your storage needs are of a longer term, remember that at those rates you'll be paying approximately $828 a year. That average doesn't discriminate by size, so it shouldn't be taken as an extremely accurate figure. As you might expect, monthly rates will change depending on the size of the unit you choose. Storage units in Chattanooga come in these standard sizes: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. In Chattanooga, the average price for each standard size is:
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Just as real estate prices do, storage prices can change from one block in Chattanooga to the next. Those trying to find the cheapest storage in Chattanooga would do well by looking at facilities in the 37421 ZIP code, where storage units go for an average of $95.31 a month, the cheapest in all of Chattanooga. Units rent at the highest price in the 37415 ZIP code, where they average $141.32 a month.
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. Storage seasonality is in synch with the moving seasons, which are at their highest in the late spring and summer, as a huge amount of storage demand is generated by people moving into new homes. 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. In addition to families moving between homes, college students renting storage for the summer also contribute to demand during the high season, particularly in college towns.
Self storage prices in Chattanooga 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. Even though you shouldn't have to worry as much about your rates changing later in the year, it's always best to lock in your rate with the facility if possible. The best month to go searching for storage in Chattanooga is May, when the average unit goes for a low $42.5 a month. The worst month, on the other hand, is October, when units hit a high of $80.3.
It's often the case that storage prices can swing to the opposite end of the spectrum within a few blocks in the same city, just as real estate values are liable to do. A great way of scoring a dirt-cheap storage unit is expanding the area in which you're searching. To some, the greater distance to the facility is worth the greater savings. If self-storage (often known as public self storage and mini storage) in Chattanooga is more expensive than elsewhere, then you should definitely broaden your search. So we asked our analysts to find out.
Chattanooga's average price of $69 a month for a unit ranks it as the 8th most expensive city for self-storage in Tennessee, which itself ranks as the 39th most expensive state for storage. To give you a better idea of what this means, Chattanooga's average price is $8.89 more than the state average of $60.11.
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. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. A storage unit in Chattanooga will on average cost 2.02% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Tennessee is $41,044.00. This is a very high percentage of income compared to other cities in Tennessee, ranking in at the 75th percentile statewide, which leads us to conclude that storage in Chattanooga is not cheap.
Chattanooga storage prices are somewhat expensive on the national scale as well. When compared with national cities they rank in the 68th percentile. Expect to pay $3.15 less than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Chattanooga.
Are you looking for a surprisingly inexpensive self storage unit in Chattanooga, TN? May is the best month to find inexpensive storage, while the least expensive are for storage is the 37421 ZIP code. The worst time of the year to look for storage is October, which is the most expensive time to book a unit, and remember that the 37415 area is more expensive than other areas.
Chattanooga, TN self storage typically costs between $37 and $204 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, Chattanooga had an average home value of $149,000 which in the past year is up 0.022%.