Columbus Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (April 2022)

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

How much does a storage unit cost in Columbus, OH?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Columbus is $94/month, an increase of 3.3% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 4.8% year-over-year increase, registering an average of $130 in April, 2022.

Columbus self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Columbus 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 Columbus rents for $37, while a 5x10 unit would cost $59/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $155/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 $37
5x10 $59
10x10 $94
10x15 $126
10x20 $155
10x30 $208
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $48
5x10 $64
10x10 $119
10x15 $152
10x20 $225
10x30 $237

* Average monthly rates for Columbus in April 2022.

Average storage unit cost in Columbus 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 Columbus storage units in Riverbend, where the standard self storage unit goes for $91/mo. on average, in Eastland, where renters pay $97/mo. on average, and in Marble Cliff Crossing - Quarries, where the average street rates hover around $98/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out self storage listings, and their average street rates, in Westbrook ($102) and Hilltop ($103).

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in Columbus is Fairgrounds with a monthly average street rate of $246, followed by Westbelt.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Riverbend $91
2 Eastland $97
3 Marble Cliff Crossing - Quarries $98
4 Westbrook $102
5 Hilltop $103
6 Worthington Village North $104
7 Parkview $107
8 Trouville $108
9 Indian Springs $109
10 Scioto Woods $110
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Fairgrounds $246
2 Westbelt $234
3 Harrison West $230
4 The Knolls $176
5 Columbus City Center $166
6 Golfview Woods $165
7 Foxbord $161
8 Salem Village $159
9 Busch $155
10 Franklinton $154

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

How Columbus, OH, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 New Albany, OH $142
2 Dublin, OH $138
3 Westerville, OH $116
4 Blacklick, OH $114
5 Upper Arlington, OH $110
6 Gahanna, OH $109
7 Whitehall, OH $96
8 Columbus, OH $94
9 Worthington, OH $90
10 Hilliard, OH $87

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for April 2022.

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $253
2 Las Vegas, NV $130
3 Phoenix, AZ $129
4 Austin, TX $121
5 Tucson, AZ $119
6 Dallas, TX $117
7 San Antonio, TX $112
8 Houston, TX $98
9 Columbus, OH $94
10 Indianapolis, IN $90

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for April 2022.

Self storage market size in Columbus, OH

Columbus self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 5,231
No. of self storage facilities 82
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 4,993,908
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 4.2
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2022 3
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2022 (sq. ft.) 205,932
Average self storage rent in Columbus for a standard 10x10 unit $94

Columbus self storage construction trends

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

Currently, there are 82 self storage facilities and approx. 5,231 storage units in Columbus. The local inventory encompasses 4,993,908 square feet of storage space, offering 4.2 square feet per capita.

A total of 205,932 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2022.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Columbus housing market

Total no. of households 357,128
Y-o-y change in no. of households 1.3%
Renter households in Columbus 197,315
Homeowner households in Columbus 159,813
Households with mortgages in Columbus 116,790
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 5.1
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 883
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,305
Average apartment rent $1,111
Median home value $157,100
Working from home (# of total working population) 3.8%

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

Columbus is home to 197,315 renters and 159,813 homeowners. The average apartment size in Columbus is 883 sq. ft. and the average Columbus home size is 1,305 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 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.

Average home size data is from PropertyShark, while demographic data is from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2019 American Community Survey.