The State of Storage: OSSD Style

ChecklistI was recently given a spreadsheet with lots and lots and lots of information on it. Normally, this type of thing would frighten a History/English teacher who moonlights as a writer.

And this time was no different.

Regardless, though, I dug in.

After numerous Google searches and frantic Facebook status posts asking friends to help me remember all the great spreadsheet tricks that I’d either forgotten or that I’d neglected to learn over the years, I am able to present to you an overview of the storage world, as it appears from this particular corner of that world.

Also, this is just data from a couple of months, so it’s just a little taste. A small spoonful, if you will.

But enough jibber-jabber. Time to list things:

Bookings by State

Which states book the most storage units? I don’t think that the answer will surprise you much:

Texas: 9.6%

Florida: 9.5%

California: 7.5%

New York: 6.3%

New Jersey: 5.8%

I feel like I’m supposed to make some sort of bridge scandal joke here, but I’m not sure that I have it in me. Instead, let’s analyze this in an incredibly simplistic way. These are five of the largest states in the country (the 2nd, 4th, 1st, 3rd, and 11th, to be exact), and they have the most bookings. Ok then. A special commendation to New Jersey for storing way above its weight here. Nice job there, for sure.

Just as interesting to me, though, is the opposite. Which states used OSSD the least in recent months?

Wyoming: 0%

Montana: 0%

South Dakota: 0%

North Dakota: 0%

Hawaii: 0.1%

Alaska: 0.1%

DC: 0.1%

What’s going on in the Mountain West? What did we ever do to you guys? You got beat out by Washington DC? On one hand, it’s possible that there’s just so much space out there that they don’t have much need for storage. On the other hand, no state has more empty space than Alaska. I got nothing.

Bookings by Population

This is where things start to get more interesting. I decided to sort the lists by the population of each state, then determine how many people there were in each state per unit booked. Then I divided the numbers to make them easier to deal with. I’m still a writer and not an accountant, after all:

New Jersey: 54.3

Vermont: 62.6

Massachusetts: 64.2

Delaware: 66.9

Florida: 71.5

Now that’s a more interesting spread. It looks like the East Coast loves us!

How’re things on the other end?

Alaska: 1593.3

Arkansas: 729

Hawaii: 453.4

Kentucky: 434

New Mexico: 343.2

Alaska… whatever happened to us? I thought we had a good thing going, you know? We paid a pretty penny for you in 1867… You made Seward’s Folly look pretty damn smart. And we love that about you. It’s not just oil, earthquakes, and ice. It’s natural beauty, and it’s… come on, Alaska… I guess it helps when you never have to store your winter clothes…

The Cities

States are so big, though… so impersonal. Even little Rhode Island seems mammoth compared to Providence. So, let’s break it down a little bit further. Which cities are the most OSSD friendly?

Houston, Texas: 1.4%

San Antonio, Texas: 0.98%

Tampa, Florida: 0.94%

Phoenix, Arizona: 0.86%

Orlando, Florida: 0.79%

Austin, Texas: 0.67%

Los Angeles, California: 0.67%

Tallahassee, Florida: 0.67%

Remember that this only includes the city itself, without any suburbs. So, Lynbrook, Hollis, Yonkers, Jamaica, and the Bronx are all highly ranked, but they’re all separate, not collected under New York City. Similarly, Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas will be separate. Plus, keep in mind that we had bookings in thousands of cities nationwide, so making up 1% or more is actually pretty impressive. No system covers all eventualities, especially if it’s a mathematical system that I come up with. On thing is sure, though: the system that we have, though, says that the South is king when it comes to booking with OSSD.

The Wrap

So, what have we learned? If I had to guess, the answer would be “not a whole lot.” Must everything have a valuable lesson attached? Do we always have to learn something that is striking and new and deep? I think not.

In this case, we learned that states with more people use storage more, and that they are led by cities with more people. We also learned that when you control for population, the answers change.

As Jeremy Clarkson would say, “and on that bombshell… good night!”

Addordable Storage Deals in SJSU

San Jose State University is the founding campus of the California State University system located in San Jose, California. Founded in 1857 San Jose State is the oldest public university of higher education in the western United States. They were ranked 38 among regional universities in US News and World Report’s Best College edition. With a total enrollment in 2012 of 30,448, SJSU has one of most ethnically diverse student populations in the nation. Additionally, they have the highest foreign student enrollment of all masters degree programs in the United States with large Asian and Hispanic populations. Business, engineering and performing arts are the top three fields of study at SJSU.

Attending SJSU gives students the benefit of the beautiful California Bay Area and the educational opportunities of Silicon Valley. Campus is located in downtown San Jose so you have an urban campus environment. The mild year-round temperature is a bonus in attending SJSU allowing for many outdoor activities. In the middle of campus there is an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool that is believed to be the largest in California. SJSU alumni have won an impressive 19 Olympic gold medals in swimming, track and field, judo and boxing.

Cost of living in the San Francisco Bay area is one of the highest in the country resulting in students needing to live in smaller apartments once they move out of campus housing. Sometimes this leads students on a hunt to find affordable storage deals close to SJSU for their extra items that won’t fit in their apartment. While there are many storage choices within a 5 mile radius of campus one will find that prices are consistent with the cost of living in San Jose. A 5’x5′ storage unit in 95192 will cost a little more than $60 per month and should be plenty of space to store enough items for a single room. The good news is some storage facilities offer introductory discounts to stay competitive.

University of California, Irvine watch out for the Anteaters wanting storage

The University of California-Irvine (UCI) is a public research university located in Irvine, California. It is one of ten campuses in the University of California’s system. It was established in 1964. UCI is a beautiful campus with over 24,000 trees on the entire campus. Ring Mall is the main pedestrian road used by students and faculty to travel around the core campus. The road measures up to a perfect mile and completely encircles Aldrich Park. Most schools and libraries are lined up by this road with each of these schools having their own central plaza which also connects to Aldrich Park. UCI hosts a diverse array of nationally and internationally recognized research organizations. U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Irvine 44th among national universities and 12th among public universities. Continue reading

Sacramento Storage Units at a Glance

Sacramento, California, is the capital of the state and the seat of the Sacramento County. The city is located at the joining of the American River and the Sacramento River, towards the northern end of the Central Valley area in the state. The city is an important hub for healthcare, education, business, and culture.

The River City
Sacramento, for obvious reasons, is nicknamed the River City. The capital enjoys a mild climate, which, coupled with the local attractions and the natural beauty of the region, has helped make it a popular vacation destination.

The city is the location of the headquarters of several companies, like Aerojet, Blue Diamond Growers, the McClatchy Company, and Sutter Health. The top employers in the city include the state government, which employs a very large percentage of the population, followed by the county government, the UC Davis Health System, Intel, the local county schools and other healthcare facility providers. Sacramento has amazing weather but because of taxes and regulations, small businesses have been crushed and have left Sacramento for Nevada, Arizona, and/or Texas.

A Terrible Baseball Program
Sacramento hosts one of the most well-known universities in the country: California State University, which is nicknamed Sac State University and had a horrendous baseball coach in the 1990s. Many people say Coach Smith should not have been a Division I baseball coach because he was out of his league and the school administration should have determined that after the first 2-3 seasons of Sac State becoming Division I. The university enrolls as many as 28,000 students annually. The cost of attending has increased dramatically this century compared to the late 20th century because California has mismanaged its money.

The other prominent universities in Sacramento included the Art Institute of California – Sacramento, The University of California, the UC Davis School of Medicine, the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and the University of Southern California. The UC Davis School of Medicine is a part of the iconic UC Davis Medical Center, which is one of the best-rated hospitals in the world.

A city of the size and scope of Sacramento, with its large student, tourist and working population, experiences a regular need for storage. Several companies offer storage facilities near Sacramento.

Self-Storage in Sacramento
The most popular Sacramento storage units are small, and have dimensions of 5’x5′. They can be rented for upwards of $30 per month – the price varies, depending on the additional facilities offered, like alarms, electricity, roll up doors, interior storage and drive up access.

Larger Sacramento storage units can be used to store large items, including and up to trucks and RVs. CubeSmart Self Storage, for example, are offering a 10’x20′ unit for rent for around $120 per month, with 15% off and two months free. They also provide a truck for moving.

Our directory offers a regularly updated list of the best storage unit deals near Sacramento, so keep checking back for more deals.

CSU Fullerton, looking for self storage at the home of the Titans

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF, CSU Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton) was founded in 1957 as Orange County State College. The name was changed to California State College in 1962 and to its present name in 1972. It is considered to be a public comprehensive university and is located in Fullerton, CA.

Cal State Fullerton participates in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. They have 13 national championships in eight different sports, including Women’s Basketball (1970), Men’s Gymnastics (1971, 1972, 1974), cross country (1971), Women’s Fencing (1973), Men’s Bowling (1989), Women’s gymnastics (1979), Baseball (1979, 1984, 1995, 2004), and Softball (1986). Their baseball team is a perennial national powerhouse with four national titles. The CSUF Dance Team holds the most national titles at the school currently, with 11 national titles from UDA Division 1 Jazz (2000-4, 2006-8, 2010-2), as well as one national title from UDA’s in Division 1 Hip Hop. The Dance Team also holds multiple titles from United Spirit Leaders.

Cal State Fullerton alumni include an astronaut who has made two trips to space (Tracy Caldwell Dyson); politicians (including Mike Cherry) and Academy Award-winning directors, actors, producers and cinematographers; award-winning journalists, authors and screenwriters; nationally recognized teachers; presidents and CEOs of leading corporations; international opera stars, musicians and Broadway stars; and professional athletes, Olympians, doctors, scientists, researchers and social activists.

An interesting item going on at the University is with Psychology lecturer, Kayla Causey. This month she will be taking four Cal State Fullerton students out on the ocean, monitoring and collecting data on bottle-nose dolphins as they cruise Orange County’s harbors and beaches. Causey and her students will depart Newport Harbor the tomorrow morning, and the mornings of June 21, 24 and 28 on a 14-foot Achilles inflatable craft and spend about eight hours each day cruising the county’s coastline, tracking dolphin activity and behavior. Causey said that she and her students will examine how different behaviors, such as spending time and feeding in the harbors, affect the dolphins’ reproduction and survival. The research is part of Causey’s Coastal Dolphins of Orange County Project.

With a large population of foreign students and the wide range of opportunities both in the city and elsewhere, students often find themselves looking for affordable and convenient self storage. There are plenty of self storage units available close to Cal State Fullerton. A typical 5’X5′ storage unit can be found in the range of $50 to $75. This size unit will typically hold the contents of a dorm room. Another option when looking for self storage near 92831 is to find a friend to rent a unit with and share the costs.

UC San Diego self storage – oh yeah!

If you were to make a list of the most beautiful places to spend your college years, UCSD would have to be ranked high on the list.  Set in stunning La Jolla, California, the University of California – San Diego offers its nearly 30,000 students an array of research and study opportunities, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Salk Institute, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.  The Tritons compete in NCAA Division II, and have won 24 national championships in sports ranging from soccer to volleyball to water polo.

And, of course, La Jolla is a dream come true.  The sprawling suburban area of San Diego has seven miles of stunning Pacific coastline, and all that goes along with that.  The La Jolla Cove is a great place to take brothers and sisters on family weekend, and everyone loves the Birch Aquarium.  Golfers will love Torrey Pines, and as I can tell you from personal experience, La Jolla is a great place to scuba dive!  Plus, being part of San Diego means being close to the Chargers, Padres and the beautiful Gaslamp District bar and restaurant area.

All of this beauty comes at a steep price, though many argue that it’s worth every nickel.  The cost of living in La Jolla is over 85% higher than the national average, and the cost of an apartment starts near $1000 per month.  That’s not to say that a smart shopper can’t find something for less than $900, but you should be willing to go a little higher.  Renters, look on the bright side… the average home cost is over $1.8 million, so at least you’re not buying!

Once you find your little slice of UCSD paradise, there’s always a chance that you’ll find yourself looking to leave the perfect climate and gorgeous scenery (hey, it could happen!), or find that you want to store a few of your belongings someplace a little less pricey, there are plenty of good self storage units open near UCSD. You can find a 4 X 8 locker for only $30 per month, and many units available in and near San Diego.