Philadelphia is one of the best major cities in the United States for renting storage space–and perhaps most surprisingly one of the best in Pennsylvania. With twenty-six facilities Philadelphia has far-and-away the most storage units of any city in Pennsylvania, fifteen more than the average of 11 per city. But more astounding is the fact that Philadelphia is one of the cheapest places to rent a storage space in the entire state. With monthly rental costs averaging $141.03 Philadelphia is $32.56 cheaper than the state average of $173.59 and a full $106.97 cheaper than the Pittsburgh average of $247.
Darker bars represent a higher proportion of storage facilities.
This is quite different from what we’ve come to expect from major metropolitan areas. Philadelphia’s average prices aren’t quite as low as smaller cities in the central part of the state, but they aren’t as high as we might expect based on comparably-large cities. As you can see in the map below, they aren’t nearly as high as Philadelphia’s mirror-opposite on the western end of the state: Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs can be nearly twice the price.
Larger circles represent a higher proportion of facilities; darker colors represent higher prices.
On the national scale Philadelphia has fourteen more storage facilities than the national average of twelve. Philly is $12.03 more expensive than the national average of $129, but among large cities it is easily on the cheaper end, with lower prices than cities including Boston, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Chicago and Portland.