Washington, D.C. Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (October 2023)

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. Washington, D.C. offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in Washington, D.C.?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Washington, D.C. is $156/month, a decrease of 3.1% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 4.6% year-over-year decrease, registering an average of $124 in October, 2023.

Washington, D.C. self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. rents for $67, while a 5x10 unit would cost $103/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $302/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 $67
5x10 $103
10x10 $156
10x15 $222
10x20 $302
10x30 $453
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $64
5x10 $96
10x10 $162
10x15 $234
10x20 $307
10x30 $465

* Average monthly rates for Washington, D.C. in October 2023.

Average storage unit cost in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. storage units in Eckington, where the standard self storage unit goes for $126/mo. on average, in Lamond Riggs, where renters pay $157/mo. on average, and in Gallaudet, where the average street rates hover around $175/mo.

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How Washington, D.C. Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

How self storage costs in Washington, D.C. compare to prices in other nearby cities

Check out the table below to see how self storage in Washington, D.C. compares rent-wise to other places within a 50-mile radius.

# City Average Street Rate
1 Arlington, VA $234
2 Bladensburg, MD $180
3 Oxon Hill, MD $179
4 Falls Church, VA $172
5 Suitland, MD $163
6 Washington, D.C. $156
7 Hyattsville, MD $153
8 Capitol Heights, MD $150
9 Temple Hills, MD $144
10 District Heights, MD $120

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2023.

How self storage costs in Washington, D.C. compare to rates in other sought-after cities in the US

Check out the table below to see how self storage rent in Washington, D.C. compares to other popular cities in the US.

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $252
2 Washington, D.C. $156
3 Las Vegas, NV $120
4 Phoenix, AZ $119
5 Austin, TX $115
6 Dallas, TX $111
7 Tucson, AZ $111
8 San Antonio, TX $109
9 Houston, TX $94
10 Indianapolis, IN $84

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2023.

Self storage market size in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 2,360
No. of self storage facilities 23
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 1,905,240
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 2.1
Average self storage rent in Washington, D.C. for a standard 10x10 unit $156

Washington, D.C. self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years.

Currently, there are 23 self storage facilities and approx. 2,360 storage units in Washington, D.C. The local inventory encompasses 1,905,240 square feet of storage space, offering 2.1 square feet per capita.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Washington, D.C. housing market

Total no. of households 310,104
Y-o-y change in no. of households 9%
Renter households in Washington, D.C. 181,384
Homeowner households in Washington, D.C. 128,720
Households with mortgages in Washington, D.C. 97,763
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 4.0
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 745
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,232
Average apartment rent $2,401
Median home value $636,600
Working from home (% of total working population) 9.5%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. 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.

Washington, D.C. is home to 181,384 renters and 128,720 homeowners. The average apartment size in Washington, D.C. is 745 sq. ft. and the average Washington, D.C. home size is 1,232 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 Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. 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 StorageCafe, an online self storage search portal featuring nearly 27,000 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 30,000 self storage facilities across the U.S.

Average home size data is from PropertyShark, while demographic data is from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey.