Detroit 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. Detroit offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in Detroit, MI?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Detroit is $170/month, an increase of 7.6% 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.

Detroit self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Detroit 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 Detroit rents for $71, while a 5x10 unit would cost $97/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $296/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 $71
5x10 $97
10x10 $170
10x15 $191
10x20 $296
10x30 $352
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $95
5x10 $133
10x10 $211
10x15 $193
10x20 $332
10x30 $462

* Average monthly rates for Detroit in October 2023.

Average storage unit cost in Detroit 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 Detroit storage units in McNichols, where the standard self storage unit goes for $137/mo. on average, in Harmony Village, where renters pay $140/mo. on average, and in Redford, where the average street rates hover around $174/mo.

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How Detroit, MI, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 Detroit, MI $170
2 Dearborn, MI $152
3 Ferndale, MI $146
4 Oak Park, MI $138
5 Dearborn Heights, MI $134
6 Melvindale, MI $130
7 Warren, MI $129
8 Allen Park, MI $116
9 Madison Heights, MI $112
10 Lincoln Park, MI $107

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

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $252
2 Detroit, MI $170
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 Detroit, MI

Detroit self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 689
No. of self storage facilities 12
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 1,015,356
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 1.1
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2023 1
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2023 (sq. ft.) 23,750
Average self storage rent in Detroit for a standard 10x10 unit $170

Detroit self storage construction trends

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

Currently, there are 12 self storage facilities and approx. 689 storage units in Detroit. The local inventory encompasses 1,015,356 square feet of storage space, offering 1.1 square feet per capita.

A total of 23,750 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2023.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Detroit housing market

Total no. of households 250,096
Y-o-y change in no. of households -5.2%
Renter households in Detroit 129,225
Homeowner households in Detroit 120,871
Households with mortgages in Detroit 38,422
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 5.7
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 798
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,170
Average apartment rent $1,212
Median home value $79,500
Working from home (% of total working population) 6%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the Detroit 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 Detroit 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.

Detroit is home to 129,225 renters and 120,871 homeowners. The average apartment size in Detroit is 798 sq. ft. and the average Detroit home size is 1,170 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 Detroit 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 Detroit 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.