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Tucson Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (October 2021)

Self storage has become crucial for navigating major life events. It can be particularly useful for events such as moving, downsizing and when changes in household composition occur, as well as when engaging in home remodeling projects and organizational endeavors. Tucson offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in Tucson, AZ?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Tucson is $114/month, a change of 15.2% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 8.5% year-over-year change, registering an average of $128 in October, 2021.

Tucson self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Tucson self storage market includes several other types of units that can vary in terms of size and amenities, and naturally, price.

For instance, a 5x5 self storage unit in Tucson rents for $48, while a 5x10 unit would cost $68/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $200/month. Non-climate-controlled units typically come with lower price tags than their climate-controlled counterparts of the same size.

Non-Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $48
5x10 $68
10x10 $114
10x15 $147
10x20 $200
10x30 $253
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $61
5x10 $84
10x10 $140
10x15 $181
10x20 $213
10x30 $270

* Average monthly rates for Tucson in October 2021.

Average storage unit cost in Tucson by neighborhood

Self storage prices can vary depending on location as some neighborhoods might offer more budget-friendly self storage rates than others. You can find cheap storage units in Tucson in Sunnyside, where the standard self storage unit goes for $66/mo. on average, in Northwest Tucson, where renters pay $79/mo. on average, and in Alvernon Heights, where the average street rates hover around $83/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out listings in Bravo Park Lane and Terra Del Sol, where self storage street rates start at $10/mo. and $16/mo., respectively.

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in Tucson is Campus Farm with a monthly average street rate of $201, followed by Myers.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Sunnyside $66
2 Northwest Tucson $79
3 Alvernon Heights $83
4 Bravo Park Lane $91
5 Terra Del Sol $95
6 Cherry Avenue $95
7 Poets Square $99
8 Rillito $103
9 Keeling $108
10 Limberlost $109
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Campus Farm $201
2 Myers $183
3 Barrio Blue Moon - San Ignacio Yaqui $167
4 Santa Cruz Southwest $162
5 Roberts $156
6 Flowing Wells $154
7 Miracle Manor $153
8 Dietz $146
9 Desert Palms $145
10 Harrison East South $141

Want to find the best self storage deals? Browse listings in your preferred Tucson neighborhoods and Tucson Zip Codes for more details on what’s available and compare rent prices, unit sizes and amenities.

How Tucson, AZ, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

How self storage costs in Tucson compare to prices in other nearby cities

Check out the table below to see how self storage in Tucson compares rent-wise to other places in the state of Arizona.

# City Average Street Rate
1 San Tan Valley, AZ $153
2 Queen Creek, AZ $132
3 Gilbert, AZ $126
4 Gold Canyon, AZ $121
5 Tucson, AZ $114
6 Mesa, AZ $109
7 Apache Junction, AZ $104
8 Oracle, AZ $100
9 Casa Grande, AZ $88
10 Arizona City, AZ $50

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2021.

How self storage costs in Tucson compare to rates in other sought-after cities in the US

Check out the table below to see how self storage rent in Tucson compares to other popular cities in the US.

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $247
2 Chicago, IL $135
3 Phoenix, AZ $127
4 Las Vegas, NV $125
5 Austin, TX $119
6 Dallas, TX $116
7 Tucson, AZ $114
8 San Antonio, TX $109
9 Houston, TX $95
10 Indianapolis, IN $86

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2021.

Self storage market size in Tucson, AZ

Tucson self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 5,784
No. of self storage facilities 112
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 6,033,007
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 7.6
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2021 2
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2021 (sq. ft.) 88,678
Average self storage rent in Tucson for a standard 10x10 unit $114

Tucson self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years. In 2020 alone, about 121,145 square feet of self storage space came online in Tucson, representing 2.0% of the existing inventory.

Currently, there are 112 self storage facilities and approx. 5,784 storage units in Tucson. The local inventory encompasses 6,033,007 square feet of storage space, offering 7.6 square feet per capita.

A total of 88,678 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2021.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Tucson housing market

Total no. of households 212,491
Y-o-y change in no. of households 0.8%
Renter households in Tucson 104,975
Homeowner households in Tucson 107,516
Households with mortgages in Tucson 68,921
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 4.7
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 762
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,558
Average apartment rent $1,142
Median home value $161,500
Working from home (# of total working population) 3.6%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the Tucson housing market

Generally associated with life events, the self storage industry is equipped to respond to people with changing housing situations, whether that means moving, downsizing, welcoming a new baby, or embracing multi-generational living. Lifestyle choices are also a demand driver for self storage, including preferences for snowbirding, digital nomading and RV travelling.

Looking at the type of residential customers that the Tucson self storage sector serves, it caters to both renters and homeowners, acting as extensions of their homes when living spaces are not big enough for the things people own.

Tucson is home to 104,975 renters and 107,516 homeowners. The average apartment size in Tucson is 762 sq. ft. and the average Tucson home size is 1,558 sq. ft.

Self storage for business

Alongside the residential sector, self storage responds to needs arising from conducting business. Entrepreneurs and small business owners, including brick-and-mortar retailers, can turn to self storage to store their merchandise all while keeping it accessible.

Legal and medical professionals often turn to self storage as they are generally required to keep hard copies of their records. Realtors and interior designers also find self storage particularly useful for temporarily storing staging furniture. Moreover, blue collar businesses can benefit from storing their heavy equipment and supplies close to their work site.

Self storage interest: How customers search for Tucson self storage

Interest for self storage has been growing over the last decade, as Google Trends data shows. We’ve looked at the most popular keyword used in conjunction with Tucson self storage-related searches, "self storage", to see the latest trends in consumer search habits. June, July and August are generally the most popular months for self storage searches.

Data Source:  Google Trends

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Where does our data come from?

All data related to self storage was compiled by STORAGECafé, an online self storage search portal featuring more than 25,000 listings across the U.S.

The self storage rental statistics on this page were sourced from our sister company, Yardi Matrix, the industry's most comprehensive market intelligence tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in the multifamily, student housing, self storage, office and industrial sectors. Yardi Matrix maintains operational profiles for over 29,000 self storage facilities across the U.S.