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

How much does a storage unit cost in Philadelphia, PA?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Philadelphia is $167/month, a change of 17.6% 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.

Philadelphia self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia rents for $76, while a 5x10 unit would cost $109/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $288/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 $76
5x10 $109
10x10 $167
10x15 $212
10x20 $288
10x30 $373
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $76
5x10 $118
10x10 $184
10x15 $225
10x20 $288
10x30 $389

* Average monthly rates for Philadelphia in October 2021.

Average storage unit cost in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia in Olney, where the standard self storage unit goes for $98/mo. on average, in Tioga, where renters pay $100/mo. on average, and in Cathedral Park, where the average street rates hover around $119/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out listings in East Poplar and Germantown, where self storage street rates start at $16/mo. and $18/mo., respectively.

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in Philadelphia is Bells Corner with a monthly average street rate of $309, followed by Bustleton.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Olney $98
2 Tioga $100
3 Cathedral Park $119
4 East Poplar $123
5 Germantown $139
6 Central Roxborough $144
7 Logan $150
8 Harrowgate $158
9 Ashton - Woodenbridge $159
10 Bridesburg $161
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Bells Corner $309
2 Bustleton $295
3 Old City $277
4 Yorktown $276
5 Summerdale $257
6 Cedarbrook $245
7 Normandy $237
8 Cobbs Creek $225
9 Logan Square $221
10 North Delaware $206

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

How Philadelphia, PA, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 Havertown, PA $205
2 Glenside, PA $179
3 Upper Darby, PA $172
4 Philadelphia, PA $167
5 Clifton Heights, PA $157
6 Pennsauken, NJ $145
7 Maple Shade, NJ $144
8 Westville, NJ $139
9 Bellmawr, NJ $137
10 Cherry Hill, NJ $124

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

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $247
2 Philadelphia, PA $167
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 Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 5,378
No. of self storage facilities 66
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 5,212,880
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 2.6
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2021 3
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2021 (sq. ft.) 387,232
Average self storage rent in Philadelphia for a standard 10x10 unit $167

Philadelphia self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years. In 2020 alone, about 242,306 square feet of self storage space came online in Philadelphia, representing 4.7% of the existing inventory.

Currently, there are 66 self storage facilities and approx. 5,378 storage units in Philadelphia. The local inventory encompasses 5,212,880 square feet of storage space, offering 2.6 square feet per capita.

A total of 387,232 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2021.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Philadelphia housing market

Total no. of households 601,337
Y-o-y change in no. of households 1.1%
Renter households in Philadelphia 282,465
Homeowner households in Philadelphia 318,872
Households with mortgages in Philadelphia 191,065
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 5.6
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 803
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,230
Average apartment rent $1,764
Median home value $176,600
Working from home (# of total working population) 3.7%

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

Philadelphia is home to 282,465 renters and 318,872 homeowners. The average apartment size in Philadelphia is 803 sq. ft. and the average Philadelphia home size is 1,230 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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.