Self Storage in Kent, WA: Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I expect to pay for a self storage unit in Kent, WA?
If this is your first time searching for a storage unit in Kent 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. That's why we've had our analysts at SelfStorage.com analyze all the data you might need to find a cheap unit in Kent.
In Kent the average monthly rental rate for a storage unit is $68.41. If you have long term storage needs, keep in mind that that's an average price of $820.92 a year. This average does encompass all storage unit sizes, so it should be taken with a large grain of salt. Prices for different unit sizes are, of course, quite different from one another. In Kent you'll have the option of booking six standard storage unit sizes, such as 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. Here are the average monthly rates for each size:
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Which areas of Kent are most inexpensive for renting self storage? Which areas are the priciest?
Certain areas of Kent can be significantly cheaper or more expensive for storage than others. The best prices on storage in Kent can be found in the 44240 ZIP code. Units there average $91.36 a month. You probably won't be finding the best deal on storage in the 98032 ZIP code in Kent, which with an average price of $148.69 a unit is the costliest area in town.
How many storage facilities are serving the community of Kent, WA?
Finding storage is a game of numbers, and one important number is that of the amount of storage facilities in your city. More facilities bring more options, so the odds of finding the perfect unit increase as the number of facilities in your area does. When it comes to the number of facilities operating in Kent, how many options are available?
Based on our data, we estimate that there are about 29 storage facilities doing business in the Kent, WA area. On average, cities in Washington are home to only about 10 storage facilities, a full 19 less than Kent's 29, meaning coverage in Kent is reasonably high. It makes sense then that Kent is also the 6th largest in terms of facilities out of all 70 cities in Washington listed on our storage network, accounting for approximately 4.22% of self storage facilities listed in that state. Kent isn't only a large storage market in terms of its state, either, as its 29 facilities give it 20 more than the national average of 9 facilities per city.
But of course, comparing the raw number of storage facilities in Kent to other cities in Washington and nationwide without taking population into account tells us very little. Are the 29 storage facilities providing the 85,530 people living in Kent with enough storage space? Other cities in the 50,000 to 100,000 population bracket have an average 11 storage facilities listed on our network, 18 fewer than Kent. By that number, we can confidently say that Kent, WA has plenty of extra storage space. But then again, such a population bracket covers a wide range of cities. A more accurate measure would be Kent's per capita facility count--a measure which has substantiated our former results, showing Kent to indeed have plenty of storage space for its population. The 85,530 residents of Kent have 29 self-storage facilities to choose between, which on a per capita basis ranks them in the 65th percentile nationwide. That's a relatively-high amount of space for each person living in Kent. Is Kent still a city with a fairly-large amount of storage space for its population compared to others in Washington? Indeed, it is, placing into the 62nd percentile among cities in Washington.
Lastly, census data shows that Kent is growing in population, though not as fast as the rest of its state. It saw a 6.1% increase from 2000 to 2010, a 8% less than the 14.1% growth that Washington saw as a whole. That low rate of growth relative to its state, combined with its high number of facilities per person, ought to make Kent a storage renter's paradise.
Is storage in Kent cheaper than in other cities?
As storage prices are closely tied to local real estate prices, it makes sense that rental rates can often differ substantially even in neighboring cities. 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. The longer trip to the facility could easily be worth the monthly savings, particularly if you only plan on accessing your unit occassionally. That being said, if we can determine that self-storage (which also goes by mini storage and public storage) prices are lower in Kent than in other nearby cities, we can make it easier for you to decide whether or not to take the time on a wider search.
An average price of $68.41 a month for a storage unit makes Kent the 36th most expensive city in Washington for self-storage, while Washington itself is the 21st most expensive state. In general, storage units in Kent go for $5.61 less than the state average of $74.02.
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 Kent is $68.41 and the median income in Washington is $57,392.00 a year, we can determine that a storage unit would require 1.43% of a median earner's monthly paycheck. This is a somewhat-low percentage of income to spend on storage compared to prices in other cities, ranking at the 48th percentile among cities in Washington, meaning storage here is pretty cheap.
The same holds true on a national scale, where storage in Kent is comparatively relatively cheap, ranking at the 39th percentile among cities nationwide. Expect to pay $3.74 less than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Kent.
When are Kent, WA storage prices cheapest? Should I book in December or April?
As self storage is a seasonal industry, the rates you're seeing now may be very different from those on the same unit at the same facility a few months down the road. This seasonality, which is primarily generated by national moving patterns, hits its zenith in the late spring and early summer, and its nadir in the fall and winter. The day after Memorial Day (which those in the moving and storage industries often refer to as 'Crazy Tuesday') is typically seen as the start of the high season and is frequently the most expensive day to rent storage during that season. 5x5 and 5x10 units often see wider seasonal swings, primarily due to college students renting these smaller sizes when they leave town for the summer. College towns will be particularly affected by this.
Kent is not as affected by seasonality as other cities, with storage prices experiencing smaller price fluctuations than elsewhere. If you'd still like to play it safe, which of course is always a good idea, one way to guard against seasonal price changes is by setting up an agreement with the facility to pay a single rate for your entire rental period. You're most likely to get a good deal on a storage unit in Kent during the month of April, when the average price is at its lowest, $64.61 a month. You're least likely to get a good deal in December, when the average price is a high $127.63.
KENT SELF STORAGE: THE BOTTOM LINE
Are you trying to find the best deal ever on a self storage unit in Kent, WA? Look for the greatest deals on storage during April within the 44240 ZIP code. Do your best to avoid searching in December, the priciest month of the year for storage, and be alert to the fact that the 98032 area is the most expensive part of town for storage.