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

How much does a storage unit cost in Tacoma, WA?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in Tacoma is $147/month, a change of 5% 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.

Tacoma self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the Tacoma 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 Tacoma rents for $64, while a 5x10 unit would cost $93/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $244/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 $64
5x10 $93
10x10 $147
10x15 $188
10x20 $244
10x30 $335
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $61
5x10 $96
10x10 $151
10x15 $190
10x20 $237
10x30 $322

* Average monthly rates for Tacoma in October 2021.

Average storage unit cost in Tacoma 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 Tacoma in Eastside Tacoma, where the standard self storage unit goes for $124/mo. on average, in South Tacoma, where renters pay $158/mo. on average, and in South End Tacoma, where the average street rates hover around $169/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out listings in Central Tacoma and Johnson Estates, where self storage street rates start at $41/mo. and $49/mo., respectively.

Compare average storage prices in Tacoma neighborhoods

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

How Tacoma, WA, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 Lacey, WA $155
2 Gig Harbor, WA $152
3 Bonney Lake, WA $149
4 Tacoma, WA $147
5 Federal Way, WA $143
6 Lakewood, WA $139
7 Auburn, WA $138
8 Edgewood, WA $135
9 Spanaway, WA $129
10 Puyallup, WA $119

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

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

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

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $247
2 Tacoma, WA $147
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 Tacoma, WA

Tacoma self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 1,740
No. of self storage facilities 45
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 2,323,963
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 4.3
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2021 2
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2021 (sq. ft.) 181,371
Average self storage rent in Tacoma for a standard 10x10 unit $147

Tacoma self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years. In 2020 alone, about 223,874 square feet of self storage space came online in Tacoma, representing 9.6% of the existing inventory.

Currently, there are 45 self storage facilities and approx. 1,740 storage units in Tacoma. The local inventory encompasses 2,323,963 square feet of storage space, offering 4.3 square feet per capita.

A total of 181,371 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2021.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the Tacoma housing market

Total no. of households 83,688
Y-o-y change in no. of households 1.4%
Renter households in Tacoma 40,201
Homeowner households in Tacoma 43,487
Households with mortgages in Tacoma 32,669
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 5.2
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 834
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,432
Average apartment rent $1,577
Median home value $278,500
Working from home (# of total working population) 4.3%

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

Tacoma is home to 40,201 renters and 43,487 homeowners. The average apartment size in Tacoma is 834 sq. ft. and the average Tacoma home size is 1,432 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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma 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.