Just starting your Columbia self storage search? There are a few things you should know. Columbia storage unit prices and availability are closely related to things like real estate prices, the type of housing available in the area, the city's wealth, and whether or not many people are moving to the area. The US Census keeps accurate data relating to all of these factors, so we've used their data on Columbia to help inform your Columbia self storage search.
Many people use storage as part of their move, so if there are many people moving to Columbia, you might expect storage prices to be higher and unit availability to be lower. Population changes over time are one way of gauging the amount of moving activity in Columbia. From 2010 to 2014, the Columbia metro area population grew from 9,719 to 10,121, a growth rate of 4.14% according to the US Census.
Housing unit occupancy can give us an idea of what the demand is like for living and storage space in Columbia. If there's low vacancy rates in Columbia housing, there's likely low vacancy at Columbia storage facilities. This would allow storage facilities in Columbia to charge higher prices for their units. 4.7% of housing units in Columbia are vacant according to the US Census, while 95.3% are occupied. The average occupancy rate in US cities is 89%, so it's likely the case that storage facilities in Columbia also have higher than average occupancy rates. High occupancy rates in Columbia will make it more difficult to find a good deal on a storage unit.
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