San Antonio is a bustling Texas city with a rich cultural history and a powerful economy that's propelling it into the future. Considered one of, if not the capital of Hispanic culture in the United States, San Antonio (often called SA by locals) is the largest city in the US with a hispanic majority. The city's downtown area offers a collection of ancient Spanish Missions, museums, restaurants and nightlife, world-class hotels, and a riverwalk connecting all of these, which together give the city a distinct Old World feel. The suburbs, on the other hand, sprawl out across the city's expansive limits, tying together attractions like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld, as well as the city's numerous military bases, including Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Fort Sam Houston. If you're a resident of the River City, none of this is likely news to you--but, on the other hand, do you know how much a storage unit costs in San Antonio?
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. So how many storage businesses are located in San Antonio?
There are 99 total storage facilities in San Antonio, TX on the SelfStorage.com network. The average city in Texas hosts 16 storage businesses, 83 less than what's on offer in San Antonio. In other words, San Antonio offers great storage coverage for its state. This ranks San Antonio as the 7th largest storage market out of 179 Texas cities in terms of number of facilities, making up 3.45% of the state's total. San Antonio isn't only a large storage market in terms of its state, either, as its 99 facilities give it 90 more than the national average of 9 facilities per city.
But of course, comparing the raw number of storage facilities in San Antonio to other cities in Texas and nationwide without taking population into account tells us very little. Do the 99 self storage facilities in San Antonio offer the 1,373,668 people living there enough extra storage space? How does San Antonio compare to similarly-sized cities? For its population, San Antonio has a few more facilities than average. The average for cities with a population of 1,000,000 and above is 50 facilities, which of course is 49 less than the 99 in San Antonio. But does San Antonio's relationship to other cities in the 1,000,000 and above bracket prove that it has a relative surplus of self-storage facilities for the population, or would a different measure be more relevant? As it turns out, per capita data seems to have repudiated the importance of those figures. San Antonio places in the 17th percentile for self storage facilities per capita among cities across the country. That very low rank indicates that the 99 storage businesses serving the 1,373,668 people living in San Antonio is not a very large number of facilities after all, and may mean that finding the right unit in San Antonio isn't as easy a task as it is elsewhere. Even if we restrict our scope of comparison to the state level, San Antonio doesn't seem to offer its population as much storage space as other cities do, attaining a low rank in the 6th percentile for facilities per capita among cities in Texas.
We can't feel satisfied concluding our look at facilities per capita without mentioning the fact that San Antonio is seeing some modest population growth. The city saw 18% more people move there from 2000-2010. Though that's not insignificant, it is 2.6% less growth than the 20.6% that Texas in total saw. The relatively few people moving to San Antonio might not be generating as much demand for storage as they are in faster-growing cities in Texas, but keep in mind that San Antonio already has few storage facilities for its size, meaning it's not quite the storage seeker's market.
If this is your first time searching for a storage unit in San Antonio you might not know what kind of prices to expect. Your past experiences booking storage in other cities will be of little help here, as the average price of a storage unit in one city could be $100 higher than the next. In order to prevent you from going into your storage search unprepared, we here at SelfStorage.com have prepared the numbers you need to know.
Storage rentals in San Antonio have an average montly rate of $65.6. That's $787.2 a year, for those of you whose storage needs are of a lengthier nature. However, it's important to note that this is the average for all storage unit sizes. As you might expect, monthly rates will change depending on the size of the unit you choose. Storage units in San Antonio come in these standard sizes: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. Below you'll find the average price by each size:
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Changing seasonal demand often causes storage prices to swing between highs and lows during different parts of the year. Storage prices generally reach their peak during the period from May to September, coinciding with moving season. Sometimes called 'National Moving Day' or 'Crazy Tuesday', the day following Memorial Day is typically the busiest for storage businesses and the highest point of the high season. Those looking for storage in areas with a large population of college students might find that seasonality affects prices on smaller unit sizes in particular, as students book 5x5s and 5x10s to store their things while they go home for the summer.
Seasonality seems to be a very low factor in San Antonio self storage prices, with little change between high and low season prices. Even so, it's often a good idea to book at the lowest price and then lock in that rate with the facility. The best month to go searching for storage in San Antonio is January, when the average unit goes for a low $65.6 a month. The worst month, on the other hand, is October, when units hit a high of $85.89.
Much like real estate, self-storage prices can change drastically within the space of a few miles in San Antonio. The best prices on storage in San Antonio can be found in the 78213 ZIP code. Units there average $52.50 a month. Storage prices are highest within the 78257 ZIP code of San Antonio, where rentals average $210.72 a month.
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. 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. Though you may have to travel farther to access your unit, the additional savings might just be worth it. If we can show that self-storage (also known as public self storage and mini storage) in San Antonio is more expensive than its surroundings, then you'll know to expand your search.
San Antonio's average price of $65.6 a month for a unit ranks it as the 85th most expensive city for self-storage in Texas, which itself ranks as the 22nd most expensive state for storage. In general, storage units in San Antonio go for $7.43 less than the state average of $73.03.
While average prices will give you a good idea of how much you should expect to spend, they don't necessarily tell us if storage is relatively affordable in that city. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. A storage unit in San Antonio will on average cost 1.61% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Texas is $48,902.00. This is a somewhat-large percentage of income compared to other cities in Texas, ranking in at the 51st percentile statewide. We have to conlude from this that storage in San Antonio is relatively expensive.
When you compare the relative price of storage in San Antonio with cities nationwide you actually get the opposite result: it ranks at the 50th percentile, making it relatively cheap to rent a unit here. Nationwide, storage costs an average $72.15 a month. Expect to pay about $6.55 less than that for self storage in San Antonio.
Keeping an eye out for very cheap self storage unit in San Antonio, TX? January offers the lowest average prices on storage, while the cheapest neighborhood for storage is the 78213 ZIP code. Do your best to avoid searching in October, when unit prices are at their zenith, and be attentive to the fact that the 78257 area is costlier than other areas.
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, the average price of a home in San Antonio is $168,000.