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What’s the history of the self-storage industry?

Storage is a very interesting industry, one of the few that has remained immune to economic downturns. Not many industries out there have a track record of such stability, particularly within real estate (which makes us pretty darn proud to be in it!).

Self-storage as we know it came about in the post-World War II period. Since then, it has grown astronomically and with no signs of slowing down. As of 2014, there are 51,475 self-storage facilities in the U.S. alone. That’s about 2.63 billion square feet of self-storage in our nation!

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How many storage facilities are there in the U.S.?

According to The Self Storage Association (the registered lobbying group for storage facilities), there are about 51,475 facilities across the country.

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Where can I find self-storage industry stats and data?

If you’re interested in learning more about the industry, the Self Storage Association is a great place to start. You should also check out SpareFoot’s Quarterly Trends report, which covers quarterly storage industry trends as well as survey information from the facilities on our network. It’s chock full of interesting data and pretty good-looking, if we do say so ourselves.

If you’re interested in keeping up with industry news, head over to The SpareFoot Storage Beat, our blog for breaking news, features and analysis about the self-storage industry.

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