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Surprising Statistics About Storage in Las Vegas & the U.S.

August 30, 2017

Many people have a hard time parting with their belongings, even if it’s just to put temporarily put them in storage in Las Vegas. If you’re considering renting a storage unit, learn more about the industry by taking a look at these surprising statistics:

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People rent storage units when they run out of space for their belongings at home. So, it may come as a surprise that 65% of people who rent storage units have garages at home, nearly half have attics, and one-third have a basement. The Department of Energy reports that a quarter of people who have two-car garages cannot fit a car inside, and nearly one-third can only fit one car inside. These statistics indicate that people in the U.S. tend to have a lot of stuff that they don’t want to get rid of, which is why they fill their own storage space with it, and then rent a unit when they run out of room at home.

Number of Storage Facilities

There are more storage facilities in the U.S. may think. According to the Self Storage Association, there are over 50,000 facilities in the country, which is more than five times the number of Starbucks stores, and more than three times the number of McDonald’s. Each facility has an average of 566 units, bringing the total storage space in the U.S. to over 2.3 billion square feet.

To put this number in perspective, consider that with 50,000 facilities, every person in the U.S. could have over 7 square feet of storage space to himself.  This means there would be enough space for the entire population of the U.S. to stand comfortably inside self storage units all at the same time. Read America has more self-storage facilities than McDonald’s, apparently because we’re all hoarders.


In 2015, it was reported that over 90% of the storage units in the country were occupied, meaning less than 10% of storage units are vacant. This shows that the demand for these units is still strong, which explains why there are so many facilities across the country.

Personal Belongings

The Los Angeles Times reports that the average American home has over 300,000 items, which explains why so many people are turning to storage units to free up space in their homes. What kind of items do people own? The average woman has 30 different outfits, which takes up a significant amount of closet space. The average home also has more TVs than it does people. Adults aren’t the only ones who have too much, though. Researchers in the UK discovered that the average 10-year-old child has nearly 250 toys, yet he only plays with 12 of them on a regular basis.

Are you ready to move your belongings into a storage unit? If so, it’s time to find the right storage unit facility for your needs. The go-to storage unit facility for residents of Las Vegas is Storage Durango Blue Diamond! Contact us today at 702-361-3304 or visit us online at