Self Storage in Vancouver, WA: Frequently Asked Questions
Not to be confused with its Canadian cousin of the same name, Vancouver is a city in southern Washington State that hugs the Oregon border, just across from Portland. Its relationship with that city characterizes much of its economy: Washington has no corporate or income taxes, making it a great place to earn money, but it levies a high sales tax. Oregon, however, has a high income tax but no sales tax, making it very popular for Vancouverites with their fat, untaxed paychecks to hop across the border and go for a shopping spree in Portland. Of course, none of this is news to you if you are one of those Vancouverites, but do you know how many storage faciltiies there are in Vancouver?
What are the cheapest months to rent storage in Vancouver, WA? Which months are most expensive?
Finding and locking in a good monthly rate on your self storage unit has a lot to do with the time of year you book it, as prices vacillate from season to season. Late spring to late summer is typically considered the high season, while fall, winter, and early spring are when prices are usually at their lowest. 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. Smaller unit sizes are often more strongly affected by seasonality, as college students make up a decent portion of those moving in the summer and tend to book 5x5 and 5x10 units.
Seasonality seems to be a very low factor in Vancouver self storage prices, with little change between high and low season 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. Those looking for self storage in Vancouver will find the lowest prices in February, with its average price of $55.33. November, however, is the most expensive month, averaging $100.86.
How much should my Vancouver storage unit cost per month?
It's impossible to know what a good deal on storage is if you don't know what kind of prices to expect in Vancouver. You can't even use past experiences booking storage elsewhere, as average prices will be totally different in other cities, even other cities in WA. In order to make sure you don't go into your storage search unprepared, we've had our analysts comb through all the data on Vancouver storage you might need.
In Vancouver, storage units rent at an average of $60.2 a month. At those rates, a year-long stay in a unit will cost about $722.4, in case your storage needs are more long term. That average doesn't discriminate by size, so it shouldn't be taken as an extremely accurate figure. Prices for different unit sizes are, of course, quite different from one another. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Vancouver, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. The average prices for each are:
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Is storage in Vancouver cheaper than in other cities?
It's often true that certain areas in a city offer much lower storage rental rates than others. A more expansive search could help uncover some hidden storage gems. You might have to spend more on gas getting out to that unit, but the savings you'll be building up could totally compensate for that. If self-storage (often known as public self storage and mini storage) in Vancouver is more expensive than elsewhere, then you should definitely broaden your search. So we asked our analysts to find out.
With its average price of $60.2 a month for a unit, Vancouver is the 44th most expensive city for self-storage in the state of Washington, which itself is the 21st most-expensive state for storage. In more exact terms, storage in Vancouver costs an average of $13.82 less than the average storage unit in Washington, which goes for 74.02.
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. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. A storage unit in Vancouver will on average cost 1.26% of a median earner's monthly income, given that the yearly median income in Washington is $57,392.00. This is actually a moderately-low percentage of income to spend on a storage unit: compared to other cities in Washington it ranks at the 36th percentile.
In addition, storage in Vancouver is also relatively cheap on the national scale, ranking at the 29th percentile compared to other cities across the nation. Nationwide, storage costs an average $72.15 a month. Expect to pay about $11.95 less than that for self storage in Vancouver.
Are there a large number of storage facilties in Vancouver, WA? Should I have an easy time finding the unit I need?
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. So how many storage facilities are there in Vancouver?
Based on our data, we estimate that there are about 23 storage facilities doing business in the Vancouver, WA area. Vancouver's 23 facilities make it one of the larger cities for storage in Washington: the state average is 10 facilities per city, 13 less than what's available in Vancouver. This ranks Vancouver as the 7th largest storage market out of 70 Washington cities in terms of number of facilities, making up 3.35% of the state's total. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, Vancouver still offers a full 14 more than the average.
But of course, there are vast differences in population between Vancouver and other cities in Washington, and even more so nationwide, so not controlling for population makes little sense. Are the 23 facilities in Vancouver sufficient at supplying the 165,742 people who call it home with enough extra storage space? Vancouver, as it turns out, has a moderately-high amount of storage space for a city its size. The average for cities in its 100,000 to 250,000 population bracket is 18 facilities, which is, of course, 5 fewer than Vancouver's 23. But is there indeed a relative surplus of storage space in Vancouver for the size of its population? Per capita data seems to have disproven this. Compared to cities across the US, Vancouver ranks in the 36th percentile for storage facilities per person. In other words, there's not exactly a ton of extra storage space for its 165,742 inhabitants. Even when we only compare Vancouver to other cities in its state, it still appears to have relatively little self-storage space for the size of its population, coming in at the 37th percentile for facilities per capita among cities in Washington.
In discussing facilities per capita, we also feel that we should mention the fact that though Vancouver's population is growing, the rest of Washington is growing more. Vancouver's population saw a 13% increase in the first decade of this century, 1.1% less than the 14.1% increase the whole state of Washington experienced. But even if Vancouver isn't seeing a precipitous rise in population, remember that it still does have relatively few storage businesses for its current population.
Which neighborhoods in Vancouver offer the cheapest rates on storage? Which offer the steepest rates?
Much like real estate, self-storage prices can change drastically within the space of a few miles in Vancouver. Look for a cheap unit in the 98684 ZIP code, where the average price of $83.18 is the lowest in Vancouver. You might want to avoid searching in the 98682 ZIP code, which, with its average unit price of $124.56 a month, is the costliest neighborhood for self storage in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER SELF STORAGE: THE BOTTOM LINE
Are you trying to find the lowest rate on a self storage unit in Vancouver, WA? February is the cheapest month for storage, while the most inexpensive place to find a unit is the 98684 ZIP code. Try to avoiding looking for storage during November, when units cost the most, and remember that the 98682 area is the priciest.